the theme for today was Science and Innovation
I thought the summit dialogue would be dry again but it was about innovation and stuff, with Mr Carl Baptista, and that was really interesting. technical stuff ahead //He told us about his many projects which included simplifying the process of clearing gutters (gov workers checking for dengue) and solving the problem of caterpillar-infested trees (the part about the UV light was super cool) and also the "extermination" of mosquitoes (to solve the dengue problem in Singapore) where he modified mosquitoes’ genes to create wingless, glowing mosquitoes (they were also dependent on a certain chemical only found in labs)// basically it was really cool and very interesting and I also liked what he said about passion being one of the driving factors in innovation. I personally agreed with this because I feel that only when we truly want to do something will be enjoy it and really do it to the best of our abilities.
Following that, we visited the Housing Development Board. We started off with the gallery/exhibition which was quite interesting (especially the panoramic theatre) and then went to see the show houses. I didn’t really learn much because being a Singapore citizen I already roughly know about HDB flats and all, but it was quite interesting 🙂 (better than listening to some lecture)
Lastly, we visited A*STAR. At first it seemed like it would be quite boring because we went to an auditorium / lecture theatre and listened to a talk but it wasn’t for too long, and after that we had lunch and then some sharings by some researchers. The main part I enjoyed was the final visit to research labs (each group would go to different labs); my group went to IMRE (Institute of Materials Research and Engineering). Although I don’t know what my specific interest in science is, being a science student it was all still very cool. We went to a lab and the guide told us about some of the projects they were working on. Basically, the whole lab (not that big) was dedicated to developing materials / plastics and giving them certain characteristics eg heat resistance. She mentioned some clay project and said it was for Nestle (the cereal company!?) which was seriously quite weird until she explained that it was for their packaging. THEN it was quite cool, how Nestle would need stuff like this haha 🙂 After that we went to another lab which was actually like a corridor leading to different rooms. There were all kinds of equipment in the different rooms, like a spectrometer and a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope, which were all so cool coz we’d only learnt about these equipment in lessons and never seen any. The inner geek in me was super excited (haha oops)
Basically that’s it for today and I loved it coz it was all sciency and we saw funny equipment which we’d never seen before 😀