21 to 25 January 2019, a delegation of three students and one teacher
represented Zhonghua at the 11th International Science Youth Forum (ISYF) 2019
hosted by Hwa Chong Institution. During this eventful week, the
student-representatives participated in dialogue sessions and Master Classes
conducted by Nobel Laureates and eminent scientists. Our students bonded with
students from various countries through team challenges and also presented
their project on Laser Firing Training Ground after the Nobel Grand
Ceremony. The student-representatives also got to learn about other
cultures as they were treated to an array of delightful cuisines specially
flown in by their international counterparts. Below are the reflections from
11th ISYF was unexpectedly memorable. Initially, I thought that it
would be a forum with endless lectures. I was completely wrong. Through ISYF, I
met and learnt alongside students from as far as Mexico. We interacted with the
foreign student-participants and got to learn more about their cultures and
had to apply our knowledge of Science through the Team Project Challenge where
each group was required to build a Rube Goldberg Machine based on a given
theme. My group was assigned the theme of 'Chemical Reactions'. Throughout the
11 hours of preparation time, we encountered numerous failures. Our first few
attempts to construct the machine did not work out at all. However, we did not
give up and continued to brainstorm solutions to join the different parts of
the machine together, as well as to solve the problems that arose during the
construction. It was very fulfilling to finally achieve success.
activity I enjoyed was The Amazing Race. In the Amazing Race, we were tasked to
complete challenges all over Singapore. We had to use whatever knowledge we
had, be it the general knowledge that we had of Singapore or Science concepts
that we could apply along the way. Towards the end of the day, we were granted
free admission to the domes at Gardens by the Bay. We had an unforgettable
experience touring with our foreign friends. I also enjoyed the sharing by
Nobel Laureate, Michael Levitt. He shared with us his life experiences and
journey as a scientist. I personally felt very inspired after hearing him.
in all, I had a great experience at the 11th ISYF. I would like to
express my gratitude to my teachers who had given me this opportunity to attend
such a prestigious event!
Nigel Ang, 4E4
11th ISYF was a truly memorable and insightful event. One of most
memorable events was the dialogue session with the Nobel Laureates. I had the
opportunity to attend the session with Professor Ada Yonath, a crystallographer
known for her pioneering work on the structure of ribosome. It was inspiring as
I got to engage in a discussion with someone so esteemed.
I am deeply interested in the Sciences, this forum served as a platform for me
to meet many like-minded people who shared similar interests and passions. I
bonded with my group mates and made many good friends over the short 5 days. I
hope to be able to keep in touch with these friends as we may have
opportunities to collaborate in the near future.
ISYF, I have a clearer idea about what I want to pursue in the future and I am
grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this event.
Tan Enya, 4E4
I am really thankful to be able to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to
participate in the 11th International Science Youth Forum.
Throughout this one week, I definitely forged many new and lasting friendships
with people who share similar interests in Science despite our different
backgrounds. I also learnt a lot about different cultures from the foreign
delegates who came from faraway countries like Russia and Poland during
Cultural Hour. Most importantly, I was able to apply my knowledge of Science to
design a Rube Goldberg machine with my teammates. Through this team-based
challenge, I learnt new and innovative ways to use the Pythagorean’s cup in our
of the lectures that struck me the most was conducted by Dr. Kedar
Hippalgaonkar. I now understand more what it takes to become a scientist. I
gained deeper understanding of concepts such as the interactions between
electrons, phonons and photons in nanoscale materials. Additionally, I had the
opportunity to visit the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, where I learnt
various things related to my area of interest. My participation in ISYF was
extremely fulfilling and enriching. I am extremely grateful for being able to
participate in ISYF.
Lim Liang Ying, 4E4