Reflection: Claire

Pre-camp reflections

  • What interests you about this project?
  •  What interests me about this project is that we get to know more about Physics and Mathematical Sciences with the things we see around us daily, such as a ball and also caffeine in beverages, which is quite interesting. 
  • What do you want to learn by doing this project? I want to learn about the concepts of conservation of energy, kinetic and potential energy, and how to use photogate sensor for data acquisition. I want to learn about caffeine which is a type of alkaloid, and how they can be beneficial or harmful to us humans.
    •  What questions do you have about this project? My questions are: Does it take very long to extract caffeine from beverages? Is it difficult to use a photogate sensor?
    • What do you personally want to have achieved by the end of this project?
    • I want to be more interested in Physics and Mathematical Sciences after this project. I hope I would learn from this and be able to use this knowledge in my life.

    Reflections on Plenary Sessions

    For each plenary session, consolidate your learning by answering the following questions:
    •     What are your key learning points? 

    1. From this plenary session, I have learnt more about plate tectonics, earthquakes, tsunamis and their effects that were not taught during our geography lessons. I also learnt more about how corals can help us with geological findings. This has made me more interested in geography. I have also learnt that we should love what we do, and appreciate it rather than dread what we are doing.
    2. From this plenary session, I learnt more about the different types of animation and how they are created. I also learnt about the tediousness of 2D animation and things like budgets for TV shows and movies, how they work and how they plan for the market. I learnt how animation and IT are integrated to created these shows.
    3. From this plenary session, I learnt about nanotechnology and how they work. I also learnt about how this technology can impact our lives, like filtering out bacteria and also cleaning and purifying water sources which will benefit us. I also found out how nanotechnology might be implemented in the future, for example, invisible cloaks and other new technology

    • What new questions do you have about the topic?
    1. How else can we study the geology of this earth?
    2. How can the time taken to animate shows be sped up?
    3. Are there any other ways nanotechnology can help us in our daily lives?

    Reflections on Applied Project Challenge: Your Accomplishments
    • Discuss how the project has deepened your understanding and broadened your awareness of the selected discipline. This project made me learn and understand more things. It taught me more about Physics and Chemistry, and also let me experience and get to know more concepts about these topic. The experiments and set-ups that were available to us provided us with a very hands-on learning experience, which enabled me to learn more, and in a better way.
    • What do you now understand about this discipline that you were unaware of at the beginning? During the Fastest Ball Challenge, which was about Physics, I learnt more about Potential and Kinetic energy, about angles, and also about how different kinds of oil have different characteristics, for example, cooking oil is sticky and not like some other oils which are smooth. During the Extraction of Caffeine from Beverages experiment, which was about Chemistry, I learnt about how different things work, like the pressure pump and the rotary evaporator. I also learnt about solvent extraction and how the students and people working at NTU conduct experiments.
    • Describe how what you have learned from doing this project can be connected to what you are learning at school. The Fastest Ball Challenge allowed me to understand more about the 2 kinds of energy, which they teach in school, and also angles. The Extraction of Caffeine from Beverages experiment let me understand more about solvent extraction and distillation, which they also teach in school.
    • Describe how you can apply what you have learned from doing this project. I can apply things like what I learnt about the oil because I now know that not all oils are lubricants so I know what kind of oil to use if I want to use lubricant on something.
    • At the end of the project, what new questions do you now have? My questions are: Are there any other factors that can affect the speed of the ball bearing? Can the caffeine still be extracted if we miss out a step?

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