Explorations are project-based experiences during which students work together in groups to explore a relevant, often complex question, problem or challenge. This project-based learning is almost always enhanced with intensive activities that involve student immersion in real-world experiences outside of the classroom.
Besides learning about steps that engineers take to identify problems, brainstorm/assess their ideas, evaluate their product requirement, and build their own prototype; we also looked at different fail engineering projects and evaluated them: Titanic, Tacoma bridge, the Hindenburg and etc.
Tipping of the Titanic
Most of us might have already heard of this elegant ship that got struck by the iceberg and sank into the Atlantic ocean in 1942, which killed more than 1,500 people. The main reason which causes this largest ship to sink is that of its watertight compartments—which engineers believed could never flood ship—didn’t get sealed and had filled up with water; this led the ship to tilt to one side and eventually sink.
The Toppling of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
This bridge was built across Puget Sound in Washington. It was a strong, light, narrow, and very flexible. Due to the strong wind (42 mph) on November 7th, 1940, had caused this 2,800-foot (853-m) bridge into a series of torsional oscillations and eventually collapse.
The Hindenburg Disaster
The main lesson that we learned from these fail engineering projects is that when we design our product, we have to consider all the possibility that could affect our product and should always test it in the real environment.
This post will update you about my school newspaper project that I posted last time: previous post link.
In the project, I am the writer and the editor of the “Story of Change” category, which spotlight any changes that occur in our school (75%) and the world (25%). The primary reason that I chose that category is that I love to observe and evaluate the impact that changes have effects on people and their surrounding environment as well as how it shapes people mindset on certain topics. My favorite article that I wrote so far is about the China Belt and Road Initiative. It was very interesting to have a deeper understanding of how this project will shape our world and how different country to react to it. Please check it out below! Please click on this link to check more inspirational and amazing articles. http://ligeredge.org
The Flowing Arteries and the Beating Heart of the Modern World?
The old saying of connectivity “All roads lead to Rome” may soon become “All roads lead to Beijing” in our contemporary world with China’s ambitious infrastructure project.
Liger Edge is the name of my school newspaper that we just recently created this year. I’ve been meaning to join this project since the first time that our facilitator, Cara Shelton, introduced us to it. I feel like writing is the easiest way for me to communicate with people and that I love writing. I really hope that my articles could influence people to create change. So far, I’ve written four articles for this newspaper and we’re still fixing the website so we’ll be launching soon….Enjoy reading one of my article down below and don’t forget to check out our website: http://ligeredge.org/
On Your Mark, Get Set,…GO?
What is a university like? How difficult will it be? How am I supposed to know which university will fit for me? What do I need to do to prepare for it?
Many students that plan to go to university are often troubled by these kinds of questions for the last two years of their high school. They do not know how to better train themselves to be ready for the upcoming marathon—college—without getting sidetracked or without someone there to coach them along the way.
Nevertheless, the Liger Leadership Academy (LLA) has already worked out a way for their senior cohorts students to get into shape. They basically let their students simulate the college experience itself by creating and managing their own individual school schedule!
“I think it’s exciting to try and manage your own time,” Karen, the school’s college counselor said about the student schedule, “[the schedule] also shows how hard it is to motivate themselves to do work.”
“To Spray or Not To Spray” was my first exploration of my sixth year at Liger. The exploration focused on the pesticides that are being sprayed consistently in Liger school facility in order to get rid of pests. The essential question of this exploration was: should Liger continue to spray Maxxthor and Viper 50EC (both are types of insecticide products) in the campus twice a month? To answer the question, my exploration team had done much research and taken on many field trips to get a deeper understanding of the adverse effect of pesticides and its contemporary usage. We went to interview many agrochemical shops sellers about the pesticides products and their interaction with the customers that are using chemical on crops. Sellers stated that most of their pesticides products are being imported from our neighboring country, Vietnam, and there is lack of education for farmers on how to use them properly. We also took a trip to CEDAC, the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture organization, and to Snoul in Kratie province. As a result, our exploration had created a digital magazine about pesticides based on our field trips and research on the internet. There are eleven articles in the magazine and each of them talked about a unique topic. In the magazine, I wrote about the non-target organisms, which mainly talked about the organisms that get affected by pesticides unintentionally such as bees, fish, and humans.
Waste Management is my second exploration of the fifth year. This exploration is not just about waste. Our exploration is about turning all of the trash in our community into cash. According to CSARO, 70% of all the trash are organic waste which made us think that we should somehow turn all of those organic waste into something that is useful. So, our business is about converting the organic waste into compost. In our exploration, we are only focusing on writing a feasibility on how the business will look like and the next exploration will do all the planning for the business. In our feasibility study, there are many things that we have to covers including, regulations, economics, technical, scheduling, organizations, market analysis, and more. The section that I am writing about is the Regulation Requirements. It such a confusing topic since, I have to understand all of the laws and taxes types that we have to obey. Even though it’s one of the difficult topics but I still found out that it’s a really interesting topic to me. Besides the regulations section, my group had gone out to the community to gather a statistic that shows that our business will help the community and can still be sustainable. We went out to do the survey a few times in two different villages: Chompous Kaek and Koh Kror Bey. Apparently, I gain lots of knowledge from this exploration other than waste information.