Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 1 - My Reflections - Serene

The session on “Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean” tells us that the Quality of water in different areas are different. Dirty water contains microbes which makes cause cholera and typhoid fever. However, it also states that not all microbes are bad as some are used to treat wastes. Pollution may cause result in waterborne diseases which may cause chronic health risks and environmental degradation. This in turn affects the social economy. The speaker also talks about Irony. Green cities are needed due to urbanization. However, it is the economic development which compromises water resource. As such, appropriate management of wastes are needed. It was very interesting as I did not know that such a field existed. It also told us of new technologies that are available to provide clean water.

The session on “Revolution of Microelectronics Technology” tells us about the transformation that electronics brings about in society. There are higher value added products and supply chains are moving to asia. The proliferation of electronics is driven by the Global Demand. The speaker states that electronics makes use of the 9 “Os”; Bio, Radio, Auto, Info, Nano, Water, Audio, Video, Energy as they are important in integrated circuits. Electronics brings about a revolution. I have learnt that the endoscope can be replaced by a camera pill and may even be better. This session provided an insight on how to would be like to an engineer in this field. I find that it has the broadest coverage and encompasses almost everything, like what the speaker said.

The session on “Innovative breakthroughs in Nano-Science and Nano-Technology” tells us about how Nano-Technology is used in our lives. For example, bio-degradable stents and bullet-proofing coatings. It was very informative as it provided many examples on how Nano-Technology can be used.

The session on “IT for Animation” tells us about the different kinds of animation; Stop Motion, 2D animation and 3D animation. It also tells us how Mathematics is used in animation through the use of geometric modeling and calculus. It also makes use of motion capture. It tells us how to make use of animation to carrying out story telling and how to create an animation. It was very interesting to see how 2D animation was being carried out and what the difference between 3D and 2D animation was. Although we were already being taught on how to create an animation. I find it very interesting to see other forms of animation.

The session on “Disappearing glaciers, rising sea levels and why gravity is more important than you think” tells us about what Geodesists do. Geodesists measure the shape and size of the Earth and its gravity field. They also observe how things change over time. They do this using space-based technologies which allows measurement of things in great detail. It has been shown that sea-level rise is not the same everywhere. As the glacier melts, land pops up causing water to flow away from the glacier. As a result, the sea-level rise will be highest farthest from the glacier. It provided very interesting visuals like the video which displayed the mass at different points on the Earth over a course of a couple of years. It shows us how water levels will rise due to rainy season and glaciers melting and how water levels will sink due to dry seasons.

The plenary session which leaves the deepest impression on me is the session on Importance of Water - Dirty and Clean. What I like about it is that the speaker presented his informative content in a very engaging manner. His content was easy to understand and we found it applicable as well. He related it to real world problems and provided us with statistics which I have found surprising. I find that his content had a certain flow that left a better impression than other speakers. A flow is good as I was able to understand what he was talking about easily. He had a good introduction, big idea, the problem, what caused the problem and ended of with solutions to the problem.

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