Choi Min Suk

Day 1

The talk “Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean” by Prof Ng Wun Jun was very inspirational. He talked about good and bad water, but mainly focused on the bad water, also known as water pollution. Water is essential in our everyday life and many people in billions do not have access to proper drinkable water. He also talked about the harmful effects of pollution, like the harmful bacterias causing illness and deaths, and the economic and social problems. I should consider myself lucky to be able to have access to proper drinkable water anytime and also the country I live in have proper sanitation.
The talk “Revolution of Microelectronics Technology” by Prof Yeo Kiat Seng was very informative and interesting. He talked about Microtechnology changing our lives. He said that microchips would be implanted in our brains in the future. The existence of telephones and other communication devices would be replaced by the microchips as they are able to communicate with other people with thoughts and not verbal conversations were needed. There was an interesting question raised about the radiation affecting our brains. I feel that it is a problem but they would find a way to solve it... and they most probably would not release it into the market until it is 99.9% sure that it is almost safe.
The talk “Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology” by Prof Ma Jan was very engaging. In fact, after this talk, I found that I was very interested in this topic and I would like to take on it in University as a course. With Nano-Technology, it is able to create the same area/volume but being lighter, stronger and other amazing stuff. They were able to make a long-sighted or blind person be able to see again by “compressing” the lens molecules. Bulletproof shield for tanks and uniforms are being developed with Nano-Technology as the molecules packed together world be strong enough and less gaps in between to be able to withstand bullets.
The talk “IT for Animation” by Prof Seah Hock Soon was very informative. He talked about 2D animation and 3D animation. He told us about how laborious 2D animation makings are for the artists to draw out each and single frame to try to match it with the sound. Because of this, 2D animation production is more expensive than 3D. Animations are made by capturing frames, which also manes that you have different scenes all joint but their difference each is not too big therefore tricking our eyes into seeing them as smooth. Also geometry has to be used to measure special effects like the position of a fire in Harry Potter. I was shocked that making a movie cost millions. I guess they earn more than that.
The talk “Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think” by Asst Prof Emma Hill was very informative. Although not 100% interested, because I am not too interested in complicated geography, it provided with information and corrected misunderstandings. Like when someone say that the sea-level would rise by a certain amount, it would only apply for that certain place. Quoted from the professor, “Sea-level will not be the same everywhere”, different parts of the world would have different rises in sea-levels due to the melting of glaciers. The sea-level would rise the most when it is the furthest away from the melting glaciers. Singapore, being near the equator, is in a dangerous position. The water from melting would flow away all the way to as far as possible.

Day 3

I chose this project because I am interested in how circuits work and I would like to be an engineer when I grow up. Thus, learning all these circuits will benefit me greatly along the way. Also, it would help us as the prototype we made can conserve electricity or help speech-impeaired patients.
My role in my small 2 people group was to take pictures and videos. I also helped out in making the circuits but Matthew Lim was much better at it. Both of us together completed the challenges given.
There was some parts where we were not clear about in the challenges. We tried trial and error and sometimes got it to work but if we still could not do it then we had to ask one of the student helpers or the professor for help. Once, our multimeter spoilt in a not-so-obvious way. It showed the current too low. After many tries, we called the professor for help who changed the multimeter for us. Most of the technical and circuit problems were helped by the lab technicians. 
Through this project, I discovered that it was much harder than I thought to remember all the complicated information. Although interesting, sometimes it is difficult to get the right combination that you want. Nothing in this world is easy.... especially when you just started.
I benefitted by being able to learn a new topic and be a little close to aspiring my "future career". I understood some of the parts of a circuit and what they do any how to put on the breadboard to achieve a certain outcome.
My aspiration is to be an engineer when i grow up. Also, to benefit the society by creating "smart" things like the prototype of the lamp to benefit the world, or help other people with the skill.