Joey Chu (4S)
It has been another busy day today. Patsy, Katherine and I were further amending our robot so it could carry out its function in “Meltdown”, which is an in-class competition between mentor groups with the help of our mentor, Aimie. Our robot was to cooperate with the two other robots in the group so communication was really important. However, everyone else in our group were boys and were much more skilled than us in building robots. This had made it more difficult for us to join in group discussions as well as coordinating. Luckily, one of our group mates, Ping-Ko was really nice to have helped and led us throughout the preparation for the competition along with Aimie.
In the afternoon, we started to prepare for our presentations tomorrow. We chose to talk about medical robots in addition to introducing our own robot. After the training in the past three weeks, we are now much more skilled and familiar with project making. We quickly did an outline and allocated our work, then search for information online. Within two hours, we have finished our PowerPoint as well as our script! All that was left behind was to practice our script several times and we hope we will do well tomorrow.
We had the STEM world 2011 cabaret at night. Our group was the last to go on stage so we were really nervous all the way when other performances were up. Actually, we considered our performance as the “most embarrassing 11 minutes” ever at first. We would not expect ourselves to be singing Do-Re-Mi and Spongebob Squarepants as well as the translated English version of Guangliang’s “Fairytale” at the age of 16/17. Our mentor, Leonard even dressed up as a woman and pretended to be Maria in the Sound of Music! Luckily, response from audience was quite good and they even sang along. Perhaps we would consider this a really special experience, and a good show!
Patsy Lau (4S)
During today’s lesson, we continued to build a robot to perform the melt down task. In this task, our robot must try to collect as much glow stick as possible within the time limit. As all three of us have not tried to build robots before, we found this task really tough and we needed a lot of help from our mentor. Luckily, our mentor was really kind and helped us a lot in building the robot, so the robot can be built successfully. We have learnt a lot while building the robot. We have learnt to be precise because when one screw is in wrong position the robot may not function properly. Moreover, we have learnt to be persistent and not to give up easily. If we give up easily when a mistake was made, we will never be able to finish the robot.
At night, we had a talent show. Although all the participants only have a few nights to rehearse, the performances are really interesting and wonderful. All of us enjoyed ourselves.
The four weeks trip almost comes to an end. This is a precious experience and I am sure that I will remember this forever!