Joel's Reflections

Day 1, Monday, 6 June 2011,

Today we had plenary sessions, and although, truthfully, some of them were boring, I did learn from them. Like how water is not only important to survival but also the economy. Some of us take facts for granted, just because "scientists" say so. but that might not be the whole truth. Like how "facts" that were published aren't fully accurate, and one example of that would be sea level rise. It will not be the same everywhere, and thus the single figure that they publish could be from anywhere. Because at the ice caps, the glaciers exert pressure on the plates, so the relative sea level—the distance from the seabed to the surface of the water—is higher. Also, the water is attracted to the mass of ice. This would increase the relative sea level.

-- Joel Ho

Day 2, Tuesday, 7 June 2011,

Today we went on to the actual project challenge, and I chose this project (7) because I was interested in how a force-sensitive resistor could turn on a lightbulb, and  the electronics involved. I was the one who had decided the logic behind the circuit and assembled some of it. The circuit designs we made did not always work, but thankfully, we had approached Professor Basu and the student helpers, and they were more than happy to help. Through this project, I discover that I actually like electronics, and probably am good at it. As an individual I have learnt the basics of electronics, and how they work, like how transistors actually have diodes in them. As of now, I am thinking of pursuing further education in electronic engineering.

-- Joel Ho