Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 1 - Check-in and Plenary Sessions

First Day
• Pre-camp
    - What sounds interesting about this project?
   The project has the feel of designing, something which I like so I went for the project.
    - What do you think you can learn from this project?
    I think that I can learn on how to properly design be it using photoshop for whatever designing be it drawing humans or sculptures.
    - Any immediate questions regarding the project?
     I would like to know about how we get Adobe Photoshop, whether we are using another computer or downloading it on our Mac.
• Plenary Sessions
    - Note down at least one key learning point for each session

Plenary Session 1 (Earthquake Research on the Coral Reefs of Sumatra - by Prof. Kerry Sieh, Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore)
> Physics skills are requited to measure the tectonic plates moving or else measurement will be wrong and unreliable.
> Some Chemistry skills are required to use compounds and find out what, where and when a tsunami happened.
> Needs to know more about certain tsunamis and how to predict when the next tsunami will occur so as to minimise deaths.

Plenary Session 2 (IT for Animation - by Prof. Seah Hock Soon, Division of Computer Systems, School of Computer Engineering)
> Examples of Animations are Stop Motion (Story Telling) 2d Animation and 3D animation.
> 3D animation is much cheaper than 2D animation as 2D animation requires a more tedious task of making each 'cell' as cells requires skillful drawing.
> There are a few challenges to 2D animating. They are:
• Requires Skilled Artists
• Is labour intensive
• Has budge pressure

Plenary Session 3 (Innovation Breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-technology - by Assoc. Prof. David Butler, Division of Manufacturing Engineering, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
> Nano          = small
  Nanometre = 1 billionth of a meter
  Diameter of hair = 80,000 Nanometre

> Top-Down Manufacturing - Traditional, Take away material until what is let is the product.

> Bottom-up manufacturing - Lego-like production, builds from the bottom until product is achieved.

Today, I realised that we need to improve on our conduct. We were constantly talking endlessly and not sparing a thought about the speaker on the stage or the teachers who are giving us instructions on what to do next. Even after constant reminders, about 5 times which 3 of them being told by the Professor, it is rather embarrassing as if the Professor is lecturing us for the first time, it will leave a bad impression of the school. I feel that if we want to improve, we can start by first giving the speaker our fullest attention. Only when he/she raises a question than can we buzz around for a minute or so before turning our attention back to the speaker.

In addition, when moving from the function room to the rooms or rooms to function room, we must remain as quiet as possible as we must note that we are not the only ones in the Hostel. If we speak too loudly, residents who are sleeping will get woken up and get really annoyed. This can be reduced by making sure that the leader gives constant reminder on not to keep talking loudly and instead speak softly or don't speak at all.

We must also not about our punctuality. Today 9 people were late for the evening event and they did not exercise the right style about being punctual. As Mr Lim had said, when we waste our precious time, we are also wasting other people's precious time. I had a Primary School teacher which told me, "When you waste 1 minute of your time, you are wasting 1 minute of the other 195 people's time. That means that you are wasting 196 minutes of time unknowingly when you waste 1 minute of your time when the teachers stop to lecture you" I have kept that phrase in mind and I always remember either to be on time or be as early as possible to prevent others from wasting their time waiting for me. 

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