Zhong Han's reflections


>What did you do today?
We travelled to the School of Physical and Mathematical Science for our courses, the Extraction of Caffeine from Beverages and the Fastest Ball Challenge. There, we extracted caffeine using substances and extraction techniques. After a hearty lunch, we went to the Fastest Ball Challenge, where we were challenged to find the angle of inclination which corresponds to the fastest time taken for the ball to travel across one metre, as well as one second.

>What did you learn today?
I learnt that extraction of caffeine is a thorough process and that if we were not able to comprehend, we will quickly fall back and find ourselves lost. I also learnt that teamwork and division of labour is vital to finishing the task efficiently under a time constraint.

>How do you feel about today's activities?
When the course just began, I felt as if I were in an efficient team, going well and digesting information, doing things efficiently. Gradually however, I got lost, and fell behind, barely doing my duty correctly. I felt bad for it. In the afternoon course, I felt a bit displeased with my teammates for messing around instead of getting things done quick. However, I should be lenient with my team and not bear any ill feelings toward them. This can be applied in the real world, where I may be grouped with uncooperative teammates. 

Overall, today was a fun and different experience, having lessons in a different style.



>What sounds interesting about this project?
It involves caffeine - a substance used everyday yet I am unclear about.

>What do you think you can learn from this project?
I think I can gain a foundation in chemistry in preparation for the next semester, as well as for a deeper understanding on caffeine.

>Any immediate questions regarding the project?
How exactly we will extract caffeine?

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