GloriaXD

2 JUNE 14 MONDAY

Pre-camp [3A] Fastest Ball Challenge

~What sounds interesting about this project? 
This project makes me think about many different types of ways to make the ¾" ball bearing move faster be it increasing or decreasing the angle of the inclined track or making the two gates closer to each other. It also makes me wonder what exactly causes the speed of the ball bearing to change and also how energy conversation is linked to this project and how it affects it.
~What do you think you can learn from this project? 
I feel that this project causes me to understand more about the concepts of conservation of energy, kinetic and potential energy and this also allows me to put these knowledge that I have into action.
~Any immediate questions regarding the project? 
NIL

Pre-camp [3B] Extraction of caffeine from Beverages

~What sounds interesting about this project? 
Before working on this project, I knew what caffeine was but I never really thought about how this chemical can affect one's health or even why there is a need to put caffeine in our beverages. This project is interesting to me as I never extract anything out of any beverages before and this is the first time I am doing it.
~What do you think you can learn from this project? 
I am able to use new apparatus and also learn new technique to the extract the caffeine from the beverages.
~Any immediate questions regarding the project? 
 I wonder what type there would be if there was no caffeine at all in all the beverages and how it will affect us.



3 June 14 Tuesday

First Day: Fastest Ball Challenge

- What did you do today?
Today, we did the fastest ball challenge. Since the main objective of the experiment is to determine the angle of inclinations for which the time of travel across the horizontal track will be the least, we put together our knowledge on speed and conservation of energy to try and figure out the best angle of inclination for the ball bearing to move the fastest. 

- What did you learn today?
I learnt about how the angle of inclination can affect the speed of the ball bearing. I also found out more about the conservation of energy and how it can speed up or slow down the speed at which the ball bearing moves. Not only that, during the fastest dive challenge, I learnt more about how the weight, upward thrust as well as the resistance of the liquid affects the speed at which the object travels. Not only that, I realise how the shape and mass of the object affects the speed of the object at which it travels down the liquid. I also has the chance to experiment on it. 

- How do you feel about today's activity?
This project has given me a better understanding of how physics is being applied to the real world and how we can use it to solve  problems. For example, if we were to face problem about speed, we will be able to use what we learnt today to solve the problem.


4 June 14 Wednesday


Second Day: Extraction of caffeine from Beverages

- What did you do today?
Caffeine is a type of organic weal base called alkaloid. Caffeine is a stimulant and is found naturally in tea, coffee and kola nuts. Today, we have a chance to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves and also learnt many different types of filtration needed to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves.


- What did you learn today?
I learnt and explored more about the different types of filtration that we used to extract the caffeine from the tea leaves. I also found out that caffeine is present in many of the energy drinks that we are drinking as well as coffee and tea. Through this project, I realise that caffeine as both good and bad effects. Caffeine makes us feel awake thus, many of us normally drink coffee to keep us awake. However, too much consumption of caffeine can cause heart diseases, insomnia, headaches as well as cancer. Therefore, we must be aware of our caffeine consumption. 

- How do you feel about today's activity?
This project has given me an insight in the types of filtration that we can use in the future during experiments. Learning the different types of method and equipments needed for filtration has expanded my knowledge and I would also know what to do in the future.


5 June 14 Thursday 

Last Day: Plenary Session 

- Plenary Session
The Plenary Session that we had was about 3D Printing: Printing the World and Beyond. I learnt that by using 3D Printing, the prototypes are made faster and it is also less expensive. I also learnt that the 3D printer can also print different types of materials like plastic, wood, metal , bio materials, glass and even cells. By using all these materials, the 3D printer will be able to print different applications like medical instruments, automotive vehicles, sports equipment, wearables, aerospace technology, furnitures, houses and even fashion clothes. To me, the best thing about the 3D printer is that it is able to print organs for surgery. These will be a huge advantage to those patients as currently, most of them die while trying to find a donor.  However, we do not know what types of effect it will have to the patients in the long term.


- How do you feel about the SST-NTU Flagship programme? 
I feel that the SST-NTU Flagship is a great learning opportunity for me as I was able to learn something that was taught outside the classroom in a interesting and engaging way like the hands on activities, which has given me a more in depth understanding about the project that I had chosen. I am very grateful that the lectures were very patient with us. Overall, the SST-NTU Flagship programme was very interesting and it was an unforgettable experience for me. 


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