Reflections(Sun Jie Min)

Day 1 Reflection 

My first impression of NTU was that it was big and has many facilities, and the students here were mature and smart.
We did well generally as we asked many questions during the plenary sessions, and were quite enthusiastic. However, we could improve as we should have been more attentive, some people were sleeping during the plenary session, and we should have been more punctual.

Plenary Sessions
My key learning points from each session

1. Importance of Water - Dirty or Clean
We should appreciate what we have, especially needs like clean water, where poorer countries do not have access to.

2. Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
The 9 most important aspects of electronics are Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water, Audio, Video, Energy, and can improve life greatly.

3 .Innovative Breakthroughs in Nano-Science and -Technology
Nano-Science and -Technology has many uses for various aspects, and can create many creative solutions for problems, such as fuel cells, nano-materials, etc. The smaller the size of a fixed volume, the bigger the surface area.

4. IT Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon
Animation can be fun, but at the same time, requires some mathematics and lots of planning and ideas.

5. Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think
Many glaciers are melting, sea levels rise, although they are not the same everywhere, so we should do our part for the environment.

The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is “Importance of Water - Dirty or Clean”. I enjoyed the speaker’s humour and enthusiasm, and I can relate to the topic easily. I feel that this talk is very relevant as we should appreciate what we have, especially needs like clean water, where poorer countries do not have access to.

Day 3 Reflection

1. I chose this project because I was interested in science, especially with things I have not done before.

2. My role in the group is mainly to record our results.

3. Some challenges I encountered during the Fastest Ball Challenge were forgetting to switch on the PhotoGates each time we were trying the experiment, causing us to have to redo the experiment. My teammates encountered this challenge by reminding me. Another challenge we encountered was having insufficient time to complete the presentations and the Project Blog requirements. We overcame this challenge by entirely focusing on each of our assigned tasks.

4. Through this project, I discovered that Chemistry can be really fascinating and fun, like playing with dry ice or liquid nitrogen, and can be used to do interesting things. Also, only by experimenting will we know whether a hypothesis is correct, just like when we expected things to move faster when oiled, but is not the case as oil will make the surfaces stickier and slow down movement.

5. As an individual, I benefited from this programme by learning to cooperate even with a tight schedule, making new friends, and learning lots of interesting things.

6. I aspire to be a better teammate and note taker after this programme.