Marine Traveling Theater

 Marine Traveling Theater is an exploration where we performed a short play that we’ve created about ocean threat which our goal is to encourage people to conserve and protect marine life. Our facilitator for this exploration is from Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC). 

Before we can create a play that’s related to the ocean, we have to understand marine life and it’s ecosystem first but also the theater. We spend our first two or three weeks trying to have general knowledge and idea about these two subjects including ocean threats, marine ecosystem services and roles in theater. We even go to explore underwater life through snorkeling to see the beauty of the ocean but also to understand more about it. 

During our trip to Koh Seh, we were able to do lots of many things. Some of the activities include dolphin survey, snorkeling, picking up trash but also seeing the bioluminescence. While snorkeling we saw seahorses, starfish, beautiful coral reefs and many different kinds of fish. I then realize the outside beauty of the ocean has nothing compare to the beauty inside the ocean. I’m really grateful to be a member of this exploration. 

After learning about these things, we were able to divide roles in creating this play. Some of the theater roles include director, actors, costume designer, screenwriter and many more. My job in this exploration is a media director with one of my classmate. We are the one who created the poster, the pamphlet, and other technology products to advertise our play. After all the hard works that we’ve done, we were able to create a play called New Beginning. 

New Beginning

A little girl finds out that her beloved ocean is being polluted: the adventure begins! Will she be able to make a change toward pollution or will this problem continue to impact the ocean?

Performances

Because our play is about protecting the ocean, we chose the people around the coastal area to be our target audience. We were able to present to Sala Monkey and Kep Garden in Kep. 

 

To make our play more influence and effective to the kids, we decided to do an activity about ocean threats with them. We explain the effects of ocean threats and give them a chance to find the solutions they can. 

 

 

 

We also got the opportunity to perform our play on Ocean Day at Trapeang Sangkae Community Fisheries. Because of all the opportunities we got, we are really grateful that our play has reached out to many people. 

Pamphlet

Final Pamphlet

This is a short video about our exploration. 

Help Protect Our Ocean!

Simple Acts of Throwing the Trash in the Bin & Reducing Single-use Plastic Can Help Save Our Ocean!

STEMgineering

នេះគឺជា ធ្នើបង្វិលតូចមួយដែល អ្នកអាចយកធ្វើជាប្រដាប់ប្រដារលេងបាន។ អ្នកអាចផ្លាស់ប្ដូរទំហំនៃធ្នើបានដូចគ្នា។ ប៉ុន្តែ អ្នកគួរដឹងពីរបៀប ដែលយើងត្រូវធ្វើវាជាមុនសិន។ ខាងក្រោមនេះ គឺជា របៀបនិងឧបករណ៍ត្រូវការ។

 

This is a mini wheeler, you can use it as a toy. You could change the size and everything but make sure you understand how it is created first!! Below are the steps and materials that you need! Be excited, enjoy!

Above is the introduction to the Instructables Craft, The Wheeler, posted by my team in the exploration called STEMgineering. This small engineering project (The Wheeler) and many other project articles that were written by the students in this exploration are meant to bring Cambodian student’s interest in learning STEM. Besides posting the articles in Instructables Craft, we’ve also gone to 2 different government schools to present and teach them about these projects. It was my first time being able to show what I’ve learned with the government school students and that was an amazing experience for me. Other than creating this wheeler and working with government school students, we also learned a lot of things from this exploration such as the six simple machines and different types of engineers. This is the link to the Instructables website. 

Memorable Exploration (Outdoor Leadership)

Every person’s life always changes even though a piece of beautiful memories came into them, a memory that will remain in their heart for the rest of their life. All of those memories will affect how they think and live in the future but also their decisions. Outdoor Leadership exploration is one of the most memorable moments that changed me from who I was to who I am now and allowed me to do things that I’ve never had a chance to do before.

From when I was born until now, I live in a world where I spend most of the day studying complicated things and rarely have a chance to relax and to enjoy a normal life in nature. I live in a world where animals seem really scary because I’ve rarely had a chance to know how it feels to live with them or to understand them; I always avoid animals whenever I see them even though they are small insects.

However, in this exploration, I’ve touched a grasshopper and let it stay on my hand for the first time in my life. At first, I was really afraid but then all my nerves went away because I realized that it won’t hurt me.

Not only touching the grasshopper, but I’ve also touched an elephant for the first time too. Right now, I feel like I am getting closer with animals and understand them better than before. But the thing that I know for sure about myself is that even if I’m afraid of animals, I still don’t want to hurt or kill them because they also have a life they want to live too.

Additionally, this is my first time learning about first aid which is the thing that I always wanted to learn but never had a chance to. I learned lots of different things from this lesson, like CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), vital signs, how to treat a patient and more. While learning about first aid, I realized that it is not for fun or to fulfill what you wanted to do but to know how to save a person’s life when they need your help or when you are in an emergency situation.

Besides all of the things above, I got to build a bivouac, got to get dirty, got to roast marshmallows, got to write a journal about nature, got to build a fire and many more. Before and during these activities, I thought that they were easy, we can just do it without preparing anything. However, I noticed that I actually learned how to do all of these things without realizing that I was learning them. If I compared who I am now to who I was, I wouldn’t know how to roast marshmallows if I didn’t see my teachers and friends do it, I wouldn’t want to get dirty if I wouldn’t try to, I would just write something in the book not a journal about nature if my teacher didn’t explain to me. Therefore, I now know that sometimes things can be learned easily without realizing because it is an activity that is related to life, not lessons that we learn in school and also because it is a more beautiful memory than a lecture.

At the beginning of this exploration, my teacher asked what does outdoor leadership mean to me? My answer was how to survive in nature or in forests and how to live on your own. However, if I was to answer it again after this exploration, I would say that to me, outdoor leadership is more than just surviving in nature. It is about understanding and caring about everything around you, environments, people and animals, about how you interact with nature, which is what the world gives you as a gift and you need to take care and protect it and enjoy living with it. It’s not only about living on your own, but also about helping other people as a team and as a family.

To help keep and protect the natural spaces in Cambodia, it needs to start from us, Cambodians who live in this country. There are a lot of ways you can help protect the natural places, such as stop throwing trash everywhere, plant more trees than you cut down, spread information about beautiful natural places so that more people will know and help protect the area and more. To share and spread information about protecting natural places, we should hold a workshop about the topic in school. Also, we should pass the information to our family or relatives. Additionally, we should start taking action by cleaning up the area, so that other people would see and follow our actions.

 

 

Traditional Food Exploration

Every country has different things to represent themselves, and there is always some special foods in that country. Therefore traditional food exploration is created for students to explore Khmer cuisine and learn about the life of different chefs and discover different restaurants in Cambodia. This exploration is divided into three different groups such as video, photo essay, and journalism. I was in the video team and Premiere Pro CC is the program that I used to edit the video. Since the video requires a lot of works, communication and collaboration with team members are so important. At the end of the exploration, the video below which is about the process of making Khmer rice noodle is the work that I have done from all my heart. Besides the video, this is the link to the blog that my exploration has created.