Meng Hou (Secretary)

Pre-Camp (25 May, Monday)

What sounds interesting about this project?
- Using of the Electron Microscope to scan object.


What do you think you can learn from this project?
- I think we can learn how to use the electron microscope to scan objects at a fine scale.
- I would like to explore how electrons can be used in the electron microscope.


Any immediate questions regarding the project?
- How do we use a scanning electron microscope?
- How do we scan the object?
- How do we measure our readings?



First Day (26 May, Tuesday)

What did you do today?
- We did the Tensile strength test.
- We made composites such as carbon fiber.

Briefly describe your day’s activities
- We did the tensile test on aluminum, polypropylene, polystyrene.
- We learnt how to make composites and their properties. We made carbon fiber and glass fiber.

What did you learn today?
We have learned that different materials has its own way of straining, be it breaking or stretching, each of the materials has different properties.
- We learnt what are the pros and cons of composites and how to make them.

Discuss any learning points from today’s activities
- The properties of composites.
- The structures of atoms.

How do you feel about today’s activities?
- I feel that today's activities are very interesting and enjoyable.
- I feel that today's activities were confusing at first but I managed to figure out how to do it.

Describe how the project has affected your understanding of the discipline and how it may be applied elsewhere
- Composite materials can be used in other countries to improve on their existing applications.

Share your insights for the day
- Composites are useful in our daily lives.


Second Day (27 May, Wednesday)

What did you do today?
- We get to experience using the scanning electron microscope to scan our samples.
- We used a software to try out the controls of using the scanning electron microscope online.

Briefly describe your day’s activities
- We learnt about the strength of magnification 
- We learnt about the difference between the different types of microscopes.

What did you learn today?
- I learnt how to use a scanning electron microscope.
- I learnt how we can use real life products like nature to improve or make future products.

Discuss any learning points from today’s activities

- SEM is better than a light microscope in both magnification and focus.

How do you feel about today’s activities?

- I feel that the SEM is complex but interesting.
- I feel that the SEM is easy to use.

Describe how the project has affected your understanding of the discipline and how it may be applied elsewhere

- The details you can see from the SEM can help to improve or make new products.

Share your insights for the day

- SEM has both advantages and disadvantages.

What new questions do you have regarding the discipline?

- What is the difference between SEM and TEM?


Third Day (28 May, Thursday)

Project Sharing Sessions
Note down at least three key learning points

- I learnt how to operate a SEM
- I learnt about the properties of composites
- I learnt about the stress and strain of different materials

How do you feel about the SST-NTU Flagship programme?

- It is a great opportunity for students to learn more of what they may not learn in the future.
- It is interesting as the projects we had done were unfamiliar to us.

Describe how the programme has affected your understanding of the discipline on a larger scale

- I am able to know how to use a SEM
- I am able to understand the properties of composites

Share your insights for the programme in general

- I think this program is useful and interesting as it helps us to think deeper and work with our teammates. This is a good opportunity for the future generations.

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