A coral restoration program is performed on Langkawi Island (located in northern Malaysia) by students who select Malaysia for Project in Science I in their second year of high school. This program aims to restore coral that was destroyed by a tsunami resulting from a massive earthquake in Indonesia. Since last year, the program has been conducted while receiving guidance from local professors during study tours in Langkawi Island. Another project on Langkawi Island is to observe mammals that live in tropical rainforests; for example, the dusky leaf monkeys, crab-eating monkeys, slow lorises, flying lemurs, giant red flying squirrels, dwarf flying squirrels, and wild boars. We also observe birds such as the hornbills, brahminy kites, sea eagles, and collared kingfishers, as well as lizards such as the Malayan monitor lizards and Tokay geckos. Additionally, we observe the rainforest itself and a geopark. Furthermore, we travel by kayak in order to observe life in mangrove forests. At fish farms, we see horseshoe crabs and archerfish, and we observe bats in limestone caves. From the 2018 academic year, in addition to observation, we aim to interact with local high schools and to create a pamphlet summarizing the results of our surveys. In the future, I hope to arrange survey research performed together with high school students from Langkawi Island and a presentation given to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
In this article, I introduced past initiatives and future initiatives made possible through designation as an SSH. Due to limited space, I was only able to introduce a portion of our activities. “We’re so busy, but it’s a lot of fun!”—Many of my students feel this way. SSH initiatives have just begun at Chufu. Moving forward, I intend to conduct further review, develop an even more appealing curriculum, and work to cultivate human resources with rich creativity. I encourage more students to experience SSH initiatives which are only possible at a university-affiliated high school.
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Observing a geological stratum from 550 million years ago
Observing nature in a mangrove forest
Observing eagles and hawks from boats
Together with my students at Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.
The park possesses important geological characteristics.