Some of the children do a very good job sketching the ant, particularly considering that they see a computer, a microscope, and an ant in such detail for the first time in their lives. Sitting in their midst is Mr. Fong Ngai, director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (ASEAN), responsible for 10 South East Asian countries.
The e-microscope consists of a frame that holds up the iPAD, a holder for a lens in front of the iPAD’s camera for increased magnification, and a holder for a slide with the specimen. It was made using a 3D printer, just in time for this project in Cambodia.
Our students went through months of lectures and workshops. They learned about service-learning, the digital divide, appropriate technology solutions, Cambodian culture, teaching methods, linking academic studies to community service, and proper reflections on their service experience. They collected a lot of teaching material such as videos and photographs, and prepared their own lesson plans, teaching material and worksheets. All these hard work culminate in 5 days of service here in San Sok. We all find it wonderfully rewarding.