Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Presentation slides

Day 3 (Mirza)

1.There are many reasons why I chose this project.Firstly,this project looked like the most fun and interesting out of all the projects,and frankly,it looked like the easiest to do.I also chose this project as I was interested in the topic itself.

2. My role in the group was the leader.I would tell my other members what to do and sometimes how to do it.Other than that,the work was pretty much equally spread out.We all did our parts in each of the different components.

3.I find that in this project, we didn't really encounter much problems.Some of the only problems we faced were working on the water tower itself.We had trouble finding the most exact and precise measurements and found ourselves redoing it multiple times.

4.I felt that I had learned many new and interesting things such as effective water tower designs.

5.I have learned to be a better individual in this project by working with different people(that I have not worked with before) I have learned to be a better leader.

Day 3 (Hakeem)

1) All the other projects were taken and this seemed the easiest among the ones left.

2) We didn't assign roles and each of us contributed in other ways.

3) We didn't really encountered many problems, except when we were making the actual tower because measuring the individual parts was really difficult and we had to be careful if we ever overshot. And so we had to eliminate the useless parts when needed.

4) I discovered that weak materials can be manipulated through to make the overall structure very strong, so we don't necessarily need strong materials to make a strong structure.

5) I learnt my to be more polite to my group members (the Please and Thank You's). I also learnt to work with other people and I should not judge someone because they have hidden talents that we might now know.

Reflections - Pranavi

Day 2 Reflection

From the plenary sessions I learnt the importance of water in a growing community. As asia is develops fast, it economy also develops and so there is a need for us to protect our water resources. I also found out how serious Singapore is about water related problems as I found out that the whole island is like a water catchment area.

I learnt about the importance of research and development in Singapore and the amount of importance of asia as a focal point for electronic companies. I also realized the importance of bionanoelectronics, a combination of biology and nanotechnology, and the wonders it can do for example programmable blood.

In this plenary session, I learnt how nanotechnology can change the whole world and help us view the world from a different perspective. As we understand nanotechnology, we also discover more about the wonders in the other topics too such as impurities causing difference in wavelengths and as a result we see different colours in each of the different gems.

I learnt that there are many different ways to make animations and I also learnt that there are traditional methods that are still being used to make the animations. I also learnt that 3D animations are cheaper than 2D animations because of the less demand of animators needed to make the animation.

I learnt that gravitational attraction is playing a part in the rise of the sea level and was also reminded that the sea level will not be the same everywhere and the average sea level rise every year is 1.8mm. I also learnt that the reduction of the attraction of water to the glacier causes the water to rise.

The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is the talk on nanotechnology. What I like about it is how nanotechnology helps in most of the different types of subjects like detecting cancerous tumors when they are small in size.

Day 3 Reflection

I choose this project because it had some aspect of geography in it. At first I was interested in this project because the project was related to the structural design that was needed for earthquake resistant buildings which would have answered some of my question. However, I found out that this project had changed and the recent updated project did not include anything related to earthquakes but, I was able to learn more about structural engineering. There were no assigned roles in our group except for the role of the leader. However, each of our members contributed evenly to the project as there were no roles. The challenges that we encountered when working on this project in the last two days are the network access difficulties and some difficulties in solving the project for example, the limited amount of balsa wood that we were provided. Most of the difficulties that we had to face were overcome due to help provided by the mentors and the project supervisors and the rest were overcome due to the help provided by the teachers

My personal reflection - priyanka

1) I choose this project because this project shows importance of structure of buildings and makes us think divergently about how to design a structure which can withstand the water tower's load.

2) We did not assign roles to our group members. However, we worked together to accomplish all our deliverable.

3) The challenges were the measuring of the balsa wood as in we kept changing the ideas, thus changing the measurements to build the structure and how to start the building as in whether from inside or from the outside.

4) Through this project, we discover that we should get the measurements right and the platform should have been parallel to the ground and we should have applied the balsa cement all over the structure to dampen it.

5) As an individual, I have benefited from this programme by learning that we should be as divergent as possible in order to get divergent ideas.

6) My aspirations is to be as divergent as possible so I can get many ideas which I can use in the future in aspects of career.

Day 2 Reflections - Priyanka

If I had another chance, I would have put the columns in the same the same length so that the platform where the weights are being placed will be level. We should have put glue all over the structure because it dampens the stucture to make it rigid.

Day 2 (Water Tower Competition)

If you have another chance of building the water tower,how can you improve?

I could improve by paying more attention to detail in the building of the water tower.I believe our groups water tower failed so early because in the beginning,we didn't pay attention to detail and we only realized after the place where the weights would rest was slanted.Because so many changes had already been made,we could not correct the mistakes.

Day 1 (Plenary Sessions) Hakeem

Part A

1) I learned that water should not and cannot be taken for granted because in other countries, they don't have such an efficient water system and their water is dirty and full of bacteria.

2) I learned that Singapore is at the heart of Asia which is at the focal point of electronics. Also, I learnt about the 9 O's.

3) I learned that examples of Nano-Science and Nano-Technology can be found naturally and artificially.

4) I learned that 2D Animation is very labour intensive because of the tedious process of daring and animating the characters. It can be much for expensive then 3D Animation although in 3D Animation, more knowledge is required to make the 3D film.

5) I learned that glaciers attract water near them, and thus the water level of the sea far from them is low. When the glaciers melt, the water level around them reduces, causing that far from the glacier to rise.

Part B

I find the plenary session on the melting glaciers most interesting because to me, that was the most interesting. Also, I have heard talks about not taking water for granted, but I have not heard this before, thus I find it the most interesting among the talks that I have not heard before. The effect Gravity has on the water affects many countries and even more people. Because of this I find it interesting.

Day 1 (Plenary Sessions) Mirza

1.I learnt that 1.1billion people has no access to water

2.I learnt that Asia is the focus point of electronics

3.I learnt that nano technology had many beneficial uses

4.I learnt that math is important for 3D animation

5.I learnt that sea level rise vary at different parts of the planet.

The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is importance of water.
What I like about it was very informative about the various problems we are having in this world relating to water.

Day 1 Plenary sessions -Priyanka

'Importance of water - Dirty and Clean' by Prof Ng Wun Jern, Executive Director Nanyang Envirnonment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI)

I learnt that water that we use to consume for drinking, house chore and cleaning purposes is being depleted by being polluted through chemical means and organic means. Thus many people in Asia are suffering due to lack of clean water and thus many companies in Asia have been opened in order to clean water for people's consumption. Thus we have to come up with many solutions in order to purify the water such as filter filtering bacteria.

'Revolution of Microelectronics Technology' by Prof Yeo Kiat Seng, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Head of Division of Circuits & System

From this plenary session, I learnt that technology can be applied onto 9 basic and common fields. Those fields are Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, H2O, Audio Video and Energy. Electronics is scaling down to reach nanoscale. Biology is scaling up to reach nanoscale. Thus, BioNano Engineering is being created.

'Innovative breakthrroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Tecnology" by Prof Ma an, Chair, School of Materials Science and Engineering.

Nano Technology helped mankind in many ways such as removing cataract, camera pill, computer circuits being downsized and so on. Nano means 10^-9 which shows that Nanotechnology is very small yet it is powerful. For an example, spiderman's web is made of nano technology which tells that the web is small yet it can withstand spiderman's weight. This shows that Nano technology is small yet powerful.

'IT for Animation' by Prof Seah Hock Soon, School of Computer Engineering, Division of Computing Systems

Animation is an interesting topic where it shows many perspectives such as stop motion and 3D Animation. One example is Sailor Moon, which is an anime made in Japan. Each frame is being literally drawn and coloured by hand, thus more labour intensive. People think that 2D animation is more labour intensive, thus more expensive than 3D animation. For an example, people had to act out to be put in animation by capturing their emotions and movement in the movie, Avatar.

'Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels, and why gravity is even more important than you think' by Asst Prof Emma Hill, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Division of Earth Sciences.

In cold countries, glaciers actually have a lot of mass, so water near by will be attracted to the glaciers near the coast, thus having a higher water level in that area. However, in tropic places like Africa will have a lower water level. Once the glaciers in the cold countries melt, the water near by those areas will be less attracted to them, thus having a lower water level. But in the tropic areas, the water level will by higher. Gravity changes in every part of the world and thus gravity can never be the same always.

The plenary session that leaves the deepest impression on me is Plenary Session 4 because the concept about animation is very interesting in many points of view such as Highlights, shadows, stop motion and so on.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


This blog is for the NTU flagship program project 5,water tower.

The Objective:
The objective of the competition is to design and construct a structure prototype (using balsa wood and glue) of a water tower that can support as much weight as possible.

The materials provided would be:
1)Balsa wood sticks (5 pieces), dimension for each piece: to be worked out
2)Base plate (25cm in diameter)
3)Water Tank
4)Balsa cement (Glue)

The equipment given would be:
2)Cutter knives
3)Steel ruler
4)Triangle ruler