Reflection: Fathiah

Pre-camp reflections

(I) Pre-camp reflections...
  1. What interests you about this project?
I love physics and have always wanted a challenge. This project gives me the opportunity to do two projects during this three day camp. It is very interesting how the things we learn in the classroom can actually be applied to this subject especially the things we learnt in physics last year. I also love chemistry and it will be a privilege if the project could include both chemistry and physics. This project finally allows me this opportunity to do so.
2) What do you want to learn by doing this project?
I want to learn how the things we learn everyday in school can actually be useful in real life and also the things we see and use everyday. I also want to learn how to manage my time better. Since this is a group work and also project that goes on for two days, my time management skills will really be put to the test and i have to allocate my time for things wisely. 
3) What questions do you have about this project?
How can it be used in the future?
Why is it important for us to know all these things?
  1. What do you personally want to achieve by the end of this project?
I want to learn to work better in the group, expand my knowledge and also learn to manage my time better.

Reflections on Plenary Sessions

(A) My key learning points from each session...
1. Plenary session by Prof Kerry Sieh
This plenary session taught me how interesting the world can be. There are a lot of things that are happening in the world and even near where we are. For example, i learnt in Sumatra, there was about 10 earthquakes that occurred in the past 10-12 years. I also got to apply my knowledge about plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes that i learnt in geography to the session. I found it interesting that there can be an uplift of land after an earthquake occurs. These are all discovered by using the corals found there to see the effects if the earthquake like the uplift. I also found it really fascinating that people can actually see patterns in the occurrence of the earthquakes. That way, the data that they derive can e very useful so that they can evacuate the people in the danger areas before the earthquake occurs. This way, death tolls will be able to decrease and damage can be kept to a minimum.
  1. IT for Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon
It basically helps solve problems we encounter in our daily lives . There are various types of animations: stop motion, 2D animation and 3D animation. Those are some of the animations there are nowadays. There are a lot of production stages that must be completed to produce an animation. Everything starts with a script which slowly then develops into a storyboard. More stages have to be completed in order to make a simple animation.
3. Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology by Prof Ma Jan
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology can be used for many things like for example, making bulletproof clothes for the army which can help reduce the amount of bloodshed. It can also help detect cancerous cells in the earliest stages. Nano particles can also be used to detect fingerprints and DNA. These can help solve crimes faster and more efficiently.

  1. New Questions...
New questions i have about the topic is how did the people come to these discoveries?
What else can be improved on the technology we already have today?

Reflections on Applied Project Challenge: Your Accomplishments
  • Discuss how the project has deepened your understanding and broadened your awareness of the selected discipline.
  • I learnt to be more aware of time and manage the experiment according to the time given. I also learnt how to make use of time more efficiently like doing other things while waiting for something.
  • What do you now understand about this discipline that you were unaware of at the beginning?
  • i used to always waste time on things that don't need to be done. Now i can manage my time better.
  • Describe how what you have learned from doing this project can be connected to what you are learning at school.
  • it helps in group work and also in projects and assignments. We learn to cooperate with people better and do things in a more time efficient way.
  • Describe how you can apply what you have learned from doing this project.
  • I now know why we need to learn the things in secondary school and also the safety precautions.
  •  At the end of the project, what new questions do you now have?
  • Why is it necessary to extract caffeine. What does it do?