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Fox-Hunt Testing

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Today, our club teacher, Mr Tan Hoe Teck, appointed Xu Cheng and Ethan as the new chairperson and vice-chairperson respectively. Although I was disappointed that I wasn't picked, I still felt happy for my good friends that did their best for the club.

Next, the Sec 3s have to prepare for a game that will be hosted two weeks later with the Scouts, so we did our best to refine the places where we hid the transmitters.

This is where my group hid it:


I was extremely confident in the hiding spot that I have chosen. Thus imagine my surprise when our transmitter was the only one that was found. I did not know how to feel about this. On one hand I was happy that it was found as it proved that my spot ideal but on the flip side I was disappointed that my hiding spot was the only one discovered.

All in all, today was a really fruitful day as we managed to test out some new hiding spots that were ideal

Batam Day 3

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Today, we watched a documentary called Mysteries of the Universe. Specifically, episodes called "Planet from Hell" and "Birth of the Earth". The documentraries were extremely knowledgeable and was able to provide a lot of information for our young minds to absorb.

Afterwards, tried to organise a Sun-Observation activity but unfortunately there was a light drizzling and we were unable to continue.

Finally, we had our last Fox-Hunting session. My friends and I volunteered as Hunters and we set out to hunt for the hidden transmitters. Unfortunately, none of the hunters were able to find any of the transmitters and came back empty handed.

Second day at Batam

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Today, we had a short theory lesson on RadioJove and what spectrums of light different cosmic bodies. Afterwards, we headed to the rooms of one of our group mates and had a demonstration on how to obtain readings on solar flares. I found the lectures to be very informative and I was able to absorb a lot of information from it.
This was the reading we got:


After our lunch, we were given a chance to watch the movie "Martian", which was about an astronaut trapped on Mars and the methods he used to survive.

Next was the Fox-Hunting activity. Today was our turn to be the Hunters and we were seperated into 3 teams. Unfortunately, our team only managed to find one transmitter.
This is a panorama of our group:


Finally at night we were given another lecture, this time on how telescopes worked and how lenses bend light. We also did imaging as our final activity for the night before retiring into our rooms.

All in all, I find the day to be packed full of fun and rewarding activities and I…

First day at Batam

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Today was the day where we travelled to Batam. We took a ferry at Harbourfront and arrived at Harris Resort at about 1.30 pm. After having our lunch, we were made to be the Game Masters for the Fox Hunting activity. 

I was extremely excited about being the Game Masters as it means I would get to hide the transmitters instead of trying to find them. I was made to be the mobile transmitter, the only person to that is carrying the transmitter as I was the fastest runner in my group, This role gave me a chance to admire the scenery of the resort as I take a walk through it. The picturesque view was breathtaking. 
Along the way, we encountered a problem. We did not look at the serial number for the transmitters and hence did not know which transmitters were missing. Fortunately, we correctly guessed which transmitter was missing and was able to find it before dinner. 

After dinner, we held a stargazing activity. Due to not having any tall buildings and bright lights around, we were able to v…

Lecture on the Solar System

Today, we were given a lecture on the Solar System by the Secondary 2s. It was a very informative lecture and I was able to understand and absorb all of the knowledge imparted onto me.

I was elated when I got 3rd place in the quiz as it shows that I had fully absorbed the trivia.

Lecture on the Sun and Sun Gazing

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Today, we were given a presentation that covers the formation, classification and composition of the sun by the Sec 2s.

The lesson had many takeaways and was very informative and I had learnt a lot of new facts and trivia about the sun. Examples such as the Sun having 6 layers and sunspots, which are plasma held together by the Sun's magnetic field. This made me realize just how amazing the sun is.

After the lecture, we were given a chance to gaze at the Sun through a filtered telescope. I was extremely eager to view the Sun a second time, seeing how the last time I viewed it was 2 years ago.

The telescope was installed on a tripod and had a filter to prevent most of the Sun's harmful rays from hurting our eyes. However it coloured the Sun red and I was unable to make out much detail of the Sun.


This is what I saw through the lens:


Although the much detail of the Sun was not shown, I was still able to make out its shape its brightness was overwhelming. This is definitely somet…

Fox Hunting Training

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Today our club held a training session for the fox hunting event that is going to be held a few weeks from now. I was sorted into the hunters group and had to find the fox with a receiver.











This is a picture of my group searching for the transmitter using the receiver.


Not soon after, we found out how difficult the game was. It had fragile equipment we had to take care of and the receiver was misleading. Jayden hid the transmitter in a place full of metal that caused the radio waves to bounce everywhere.

This activity taught me a lot about the how radio waves moved about in the school compound and how transmitters and receivers worked.
This training session had also taught me the value of patience as we had to wait a minute to receive new information from the transmitter.
Although the training did not went as expected, I was still enlightened about the new game called "Fox Hunting"
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The first Day of Astronomy Club

Today Mr Tan talked about the plans for the future of the club, such as trips and games.
I felt a sense of nostalgia coming back to the Club after a holiday of 2 months. I felt I needed to brush up on my Astronomy knowledge to be better able to lead the new batch of Sec 1s through their academic journey. This made me more enthusiastic about the lessons moving forward.

NYP Poster Competition

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For the NYP Poster Competition, Me, Jayden, Clyde, Ernest and Javier formed a team together.

The theme we chose for the competition was "Mars, the red planet".

This is a picture of the poster.
We had to present the poster to a panel of judges for approval.  This was my first competition i Astronomy where I had to present to a specialist. It was a really nerve wracking experience. From the time it took to prepare the presentation to the presentation itself, I would never forget the excited feeling I had at the time. 
Through this competition, I had learnt presentation skills and how to work well under pressure. 

Last Day of Astro 2017

On our last day of Astronomy on Friday, we had lessons as usual from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and we had a Stargazing session that lasted from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.
During the session, we were able to use 3 different kinds of telescopes to look at the sky.
The activity reminded me of the reason why I first chose Astronomy Club as my CCA, it was a wonderful way to commemorate the end of the year 2017.