Karan's Reflection

1. Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean
This plenary session is very intriguing as we can see that we all are very much involved in this problem. Dumping of sewage into water, making drinkable water harmful and even toxic! So it is definitely a problem worth looking at since we made all these ‘muck’ in the first place. Also the topic itself was made interesting by the talker, so I learnt a lot. I learnt about the many diseases that can be caused by bad water, how economic development actually compromises water resources.
2. Revolution of Microelectronics Technology
I learnt much about the history microelectronics and how they shape our lives. For example iPad 2, a device everyone wants to get their hands on, is made brilliant by Apple’s A5 microchip. This is similar in most smart-phones out there in the market. It just such a good example to how microelectronic is important to us.
3. Biomedical Engineering & Technology
This plenary session showed to me how much is there to Biomedical Engineering and how it brings joy to many people over the world. For example, years ago when Biomedical Engineering was not that strong among people, cataracts were considered to be almost impossible to operate. But nowadays cataract surgeries are done with ease such that nobody is afraid to do at all. Combining the use of technology and the ever-growing treasury of knowledge, we have made lives much less cumbersome and much more easier.
  1. IT for Animation by Prof Seah Hock Soon
I learnt about the hard work behind the movies which we take for granted. Each animated movie is made with painstaking amount of precision and effort. Frame by frame modeling of characters, an yearlong process that requires huge amount of commitment.
5. Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than
you think
This plenary session brings about the awareness of one of the major effects of global warming, melting ice caps and glaciers. This problem affects us a lot since we are a tropic island. It is said during the talk that sea levels can rise up to 25% of the current level. However, due to gravity, sea levels will drop near the melting ice caps. These are some thing which we were not aware of till now
1. I choose this project because I was very interested in Science, namely Biology and Chemistry. It seemed like an excellent way to develop myself in these areas
2. My role in the group is to coordinate the experiment and make sure that the work is done when it needs to be done and have it done well.
  1. Challenges we have encounter when working on this project in the last 2 days are usually the extreme time constraints and how we could not manage to finish your project in time due to the early lights off time. We overcame these challenges by doing it way up till after lights out period. How ever fast we did our work, we still would have needed to do that.
4. Through this project, we discover about staining of cells and how they can be used to identify cancerous organs. We also discovered the proper procedures for preparing samples for the microscope.
5. As an individual, how I have benefited from this programme is that I am now able to stain cells three different ways and know how to use a fluorescent microscope.
6. I aspire to be a biologist or a chemist, I am not to sure exactly what field I want to enter. However, I will be happy as long as I am in the field of Science :D