Day 2 Reflections

Posted by sammi lim at 10:17 pm

We woke up at 5am SG time today after a good rest last night. We proceeded to school to attend the welcome ceremony and the programmes that Busan Science High School (BSHS) has so thoughtfully planned out for us. I feel rather touched by their warm welcome as there were banners placed around BSHS about our arrival here.

 I also met up with my previous buddy, Han Jiyun. We missed each other very much and we have been in contact since March when she came to visit our school. I will treasure my time with her as I know it will be very limited and I might not even see her again after I leave Busan :( I truly enjoy every moment I had spent with her and I hope that we will still remain in contact.

Shortly after, we went up to the auditorium to attend the Welcome Ceremony. We were greeted by many teachers and students in the hall as we proceeded to take our seats. The Principal, Mr Woo, gave his speech and subsequently invited us up onto the stage for BSHS's student representative, Mr Tan, and I to give an opening speech. I felt quite nervous at first before giving the speech because it would be my first time talking to the students of Busan Science High School. However, I have prepared multiple times for the speech and I finally had the confidence to smile and speak on stage. It was quite a memorable part of the ceremony for me.

After the ceremony, we returned to the seminar room to meet our new buddies. My buddy is Hayun unnie. I love her outgoing and bubbly attitude. She tries to interact with me and continue the conversation using English. We can relate to one another very well in many ways like sharing interests over Korean Drama and also KPOP. I am very grateful to have her as my buddy and I look forward to seeing her in the next couple of days and also in January when it is her time to visit us at SST.


We woke up at 5am SG time today after a good rest last night. We proceeded to school to attend the welcome ceremony and the programmes that Busan Science High School (BSHS) has so thoughtfully planned out for us. I feel rather touched by their warm welcome as there were banners placed around BSHS about our arrival here.

 I also met up with my previous buddy, Han Jiyun. We missed each other very much and we have been in contact since March when she came to visit our school. I will treasure my time with her as I know it will be very limited and I might not even see her again after I leave Busan :( I truly enjoy every moment I had spent with her and I hope that we will still remain in contact.

Shortly after, we went up to the auditorium to attend the Welcome Ceremony. We were greeted by many teachers and students in the hall as we proceeded to take our seats. The Principal, Mr Woo, gave his speech and subsequently invited us up onto the stage for BSHS's student representative, Mr Tan, and I to give an opening speech. I felt quite nervous at first before giving the speech because it would be my first time talking to the students of Busan Science High School. However, I have prepared multiple times for the speech and I finally had the confidence to smile and speak on stage. It was quite a memorable part of the ceremony for me.

After the ceremony, we returned to the seminar room to meet our new buddies. My buddy is Hayun unnie. I love her outgoing and bubbly attitude. She tries to interact with me and continue the conversation using English. We can relate to one another very well in many ways like sharing interests over Korean Drama and also KPOP. I am very grateful to have her as my buddy and I look forward to seeing her in the next couple of days and also in January when it is her time to visit us at SST.

We then went to the Physics lab to conduct two experiments - to create electromagnetic waves generator and detector. The lesson was engaging and fruitful as I have learnt the principle behind why the light bulb in the detector lights up when any electromagnetic waves are generated. This allowed me to understand the electromagnetic waves deeper and possibly apply them in my learning at SST as well when we are doing research projects.

In the Biology lab lesson, we learnt about Gel Electrophoresis and DNA extraction. The experiments that we do are very similar to that of my Biotechnology lesson in SST. We use the same equipments and procedures to do the experiment. Our buddies were also very helpful in guiding us throughout the whole procedure. It was almost like a revision for my lab practical sessions in my Biotechnology class.

Afterwards, we went to the invention lab. The teacher started off the class by performing a 'magic trick'. This magic trick was science-based. He thus explained to us that magicians make use of science to create these "magic" tricks. We created a wireless power transmitter device with the help of our buddies who explained the principle behind the entire process of the "trick". Building it was tough at first because even my buddy did not know what his lecturer was talking about, but with the aid of visual diagrams and demonstrations by the lecturer himself, we sort of got the hang of it. We had to really think of ways to solve many problems because we either cut off the entire wire instead of the coating or we forgot to remove the coating of the wire or we did not understand the instructions, etc. I also learnt about perseverance because I was close to giving up because of the time constraint. Inside my mind I was chanting "Let's just give up. We will never create the product in time anyway". But we soon understood how things worked and we got it completed in under 20 minutes.

Then, we went for lunch at the school's cafeteria. I heard that there is a nutritionist in the cafeteria who plans out the food to provide the students with enough nutrition for the day. The food was delicious and I liked the rice cake and egg in the soup the most.

After that, we were separated into different groups to experience the different activities in the many clubs that BSHS offer (such as Hip Hop, English Magazine, Music, etc.) I was in the reading club. Surprisingly, they do not only read books but they also create the yearly magazines for the school by doing interviews, short write-ups or poems. The teacher and the students there were very friendly and welcoming. We even contributed 2 questions for their upcoming interview with their principal after going through a series of discussion. After that, we went to the Nanta club and also the outdoor deck to watch performances specially put together for us. My previous buddy, Han Jiyun unnie was also performing. As the performances went on, Hayun unnie explained to me the significance of each instrument and the lyrics that they were "rapping". I gained a better inside of the music they performed.

We left the school and went to Choongryeolsa to try on the Korean traditional clothing called Hanbok. We learnt about the the history of Hanbok and also the proper etiquette when wearing this piece of exquisitely designed clothing. We also played a few traditional games and tasted the "mochi". I enjoyed myself a lot and I would find this the main highlight of the day as I had learnt a lot about Korean culture. One example was the dilution of culture that has been ongoing in Korea. This is similar to Singapore because Singapore also faces this problem of cultural dilution due to the high influx of immigrants into our country. We should find different methods to continue to educate others on the culture that Singaporeans from different races had in the past.



We then went back to the school cafeteria for dinner when i finally could enjoy vegetarian soup 😂

After dinner, we went to FAB LAB which resembles the ADMT studio like SST. I saw that they had 3 3D printers and many working tables for the students. The projects that they embark on are slightly more science-orientated compared to that of SST's ADMT programmes which seems to be more design-orientated from what I have experienced. We had a mini competition to create the best structure that could delay the marbles from sliding down the quickest. I believe that this was more physics-orientated as we needed to apply the concepts that we have learnt in clas cuh as moments and forces.

Overall, i had a very memorable and fruitful experience today and I look forward to visiting the Samsung Renault Motors Factory and also meeting my two buddies again!



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