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2010-06-30-Kambuja Magazine-Three Cambodian Young Students Win I-Sweeep 2010 Medals

Three young female students of Zaman International School win I-SWEEP 2010 Medals in the World Competition in Houston, the United States of Americ.

The international competition for young scientists 2010, attended by 703 students from 70 countries around the world and 45 states of the United States of America, and with 450 projects entered in the competition, was held in the state of Texas, the United States of America, over a period of seven days (from April 14 to 19, 2010). Among the winners were three young, female Cambodian students who won one silver medal and two bronze medals.

This year, three young female Cambodian students were selected to attend the competition with two projects. The first project focused on the environment and was presented by Miss SAM ANG Manin, and the second project focused on energy, which was jointly presented by Miss BAN Ratanak Pisey and DUONG Monita, who were the most outstanding students of Zaman International School.

Mr. Osman Karaca, who led the students to attend this year's competition, told us that this was the third time that Zaman International School had sent outstanding Cambodian students to attend the international competition, entitled International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project = I-SWEEP in the United States of America. The first time was in 2008, when one of the three students won a silver medal. In 2009, three students won awards and medals; the student SAM ANG Manin alone won three awards and one gold medal. This 2010, the three students were awarded one silver medal and two bronze medals. Mr. Osman Karaca said that he had planned to send outstanding students to attend such competitions in many other countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Indonesia and so on. However, this plan has not yet been achieved, [as he was] waiting until they first accepted his plan and then the school could select the students to attend the competition, as was the case with the I-SWEEP competition in the United States of America.

SAM ANG Manin, former winner of three awards and one gold medal of I-SWEEP 2009, who had surprised all participants and impressed the world with the genuine ability of this young Cambodian student, this 2010 won another silver medal and this had brought her even more attention in the international forum. SAM ANG Manin told us that this was the second time she had attended the international competition, and that she had won awards and medals on two occasions. She said that the first time was in 2009, when on her own she won three awards and one gold medal on the topic of "energy" – the refinement of Jatropha curcas to produce biodiesel. But this year, she chose the topic of "environment" and she won a silver medal.

This scientist of the future explained that her research study idea first originated from the source of waste-water discharged from cities and from various factories into rivers, streams and various lakes without first being purified, which had serious impacts on the environment. Seeing that this topic was important and related to the health of humans, animals and plants and particularly, that it was related to the aim of I-SWEEP – energy, environment and engineering, she therefore decided to study and research this topic.

SAM ANG Manin presented the findings and inclusive methods of treating waste-water from the city and factories by using EM-effective microorganisms and plants growing in the humid soil to produce clean water that can be reused.
In relation to the methodology for this experiment, Manin described it by explaining that first she took four different plant vases: water hyacinth was put in the first vase, round reed was put in the second vase, square reed was put in the third vase and Thai reed plant was put in the fourth vase, and coal and small crushed stone were put in the other vase to filter the water. After these things had already been prepared, EM-effective microorganisms were poured in a proportion of 1/5000 – 1/10000 in liquid waste-water and it was then passed through the five vases over a ten-day period. This experiment was done in three stages. Firstly she used only the waste water without using EM. Secondly, she used EM 1/1000 and thirdly she used EM 1/5000. All the clean water results had to be taken to the laboratory to ensure quality control.

As a result, the smells that affect the environment were completely eliminated.

Meanwhile, Miss BAN Ratanak Pisey and DUONG Monita, who won bronze medals at I-SWEEP 2010, told us that they were students in grade 12E and said that they had jointly written a project on the refinement of bran oil to produce diesel attached with the findings of their research and experiments. They said that the oil they produced had little smoke, no smell and stronger ignition than that of normal diesel and it could effectively reduce environmental pollution; in particular, it had stronger ignition power than that of oil refined from kerosene. BAN Ratanak Pisey and DUONG Monita were students who used English very well.

Mr. Osman Karaca briefly mentioned the history of Zaman International School (ZIS), saying that the school was established in 1997 by Mr. Attila Yusuf Guleker and that currently there are more than 1,100 students. ZIS has been accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Between 1997 and 2005, this school operated in an apartment located in the center of the city.
In 2007, ZIS built two buildings and separated the primary school from the high school. The high school is currently located in a large and modern building with many different sections, located nearby the Russian Embassy in Tonle Bassac quarter. The kindergarten and primary school located in the Tuol Kok district were purpose built for children aged from four to twelve years old.

Mr. Osman Karaca said that students who completed their studies at Zaman International School were admitted to study in many famous universities around the world such as in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States of America, Turkey and many other countries.

Zaman International School is one of the big private international schools in Cambodia. ZIS is a non-profit organization and its budget is prepared, audited and inspected by the school's board of directors. Administrative staff members and teachers come from nine different countries. Teachers at ZIS each have an average teaching experience of more than ten years.

SAM ANG Manin, BAN Ratanak Pisey and DUONG Monita are all students in grade 12 at Zaman International School. Their families sent them to study at this school from grade 8 and they are currently studying in their final school year. Regarding further studies at university, they said they would study in any university in the country.

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