In this blog inspired by Wolf, I showcase models that I design and post information of interest to the origami folder. I also have a photostream in Flickr (the link is down there). Do enjoy your visit here and don't forget to tag or leave a few comments on my work! If you have folded any of my models, please send their pictures to me, and I will be delighted to publish them in this blog. By the way, please check out the "Important Links" below the archives; they are that important :) The "Origami Singapore" page has links to other folders from Singapore. Have fun!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

ISEF 2011 Day 8 - Final Day

Day 8 was just a day of touring around. In the morning, we visited Macy's Plaza which was supposed to be a must-go shopping center in LA. I'm not a big fan of shopping but I spent the wandering time thinking about math and it turned out to be quite a productive period. It seems that you can only think about your favorite things when it's not possible to think of other things (like in as shopping mall).

"Japanese" lunch

We went to Hollywood next, but again I didn't feel much about all the "cosplaying" employees.


Madame Tussauds

Hard Rock Cafe

Souvenir shop - I think "Boyfriend of the Year" is quite hilarious.

We had lunch at McDonald's where there were TVs showing us live feed from the security cameras.

Try and spot me.

Finally on the flight home. It's been so long that I only remember the food:

I love omelettes.

I think I ate too much egg on this trip.

Friday, June 3, 2011

ISEF 2011 Day 7

Day 7 - First thing in the morning was the Grand Awards Ceremony. Same great Hall, very long ceremony again. The categories were divided into the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences; the Fourth Award winners of each Life Science category were announced, then the Fourth Awards of the Physical Sciences, the Third Awards of the Life Sciences, the Third Awards of the Physical Sciences and so on. Each category has a large number of Fourth Award winners, many Third Award winners, a few Second Award winners and two First Award winners.

Some of the Fourth Awards of the Life Sciences

My room mate in red - Tan Yuan Jin getting a Second Award in Microbiology

The other two Singaporean finalists - (from left) Ng Qin Xiang and Matthew Lee sharing a Second Award from their team project on Environmental Management

Representative from the MIT Lincoln Lab

Straight from the program booklet:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lincoln Laboratory, Ceres Connection

Lincoln Lab has partnered with SSP and the Intel ISEF to promote science education through the Ceres Connection. The names of first and second place category award winners at Intel ISEF will be submitted to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for naming of a minor planet. All minor planets in the Ceres Connection have been discovered by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program, operated by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.

I think "minor planet" means "asteroid". The above representative from the Lab assured us that our namesakes would be too far away from Earth to be a potential cause of destruction on Earth.

I got a First Award in Computer Science!
I don't know how the cool effect in the above photo happened...

One of the two First Awardees also gets Best in Category. Not me, though :)

The Top Awards were awarded to a few projects out of all the Best in Categories. They are:
  • The Gordon E. Moore Award (the best project in ISEF 2011)
  • Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award
  • Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS Award
  • European Union Contest for Young Scientists

The three on the right are from Thailand. They studied how to turn fish scales into plastics. Impressive!

Now everyone can really just relax ^_^

Team Singapore. red blazers - finalists, rightmost - Dr. Wulf, other adults - supervisors

We decided to tour the Los Angeles Science Center, so we set off to have lunch somewhere near there. On the way, we came across a demonstration by schoolchildren and parents/teachers. Apparently, their school was facing budget cuts and teachers were getting laid off. Here we have really young children shouting "Save our teachers! Save our Teachers!"

I have a video of a much longer and denser chain of demonstrators but it was too long for Blogger.

We had lunch at a Quizno's outlet:

Huge burrito filled with all sorts of ingredients. There was chili hidden in the lettuce!!! >.<

Huge seagull strutting around the Science Center grounds

We spent a very long time inside the store on the first floor of the Science Center.

Very beautiful glass ornaments!

One of the Science Center displays was some pictures hung along a corridor wall. Click on the pictures to enlarge. The detail should be enough to read the text in the bottom left of each frame.

I ended up spending a lot of time talking about the mathematics of bubbles and Conway's Game of Life to one of the supervisors.

The whole troop went to Chinatown for dinner. There's too much to talk about so instead I won't talk about it :) Here's an interesting signboard at its Metro station:

Click to read the individual fines in more detail. Their mascots are cuter than the ones in Singapore.

Speaking of the Metro, the train accelerates and decelerates quite often so you feel your body getting jerked around (you have to hold the pole tightly). The MRT in Singapore has a much smoother ride and the trains look cleaner too.

ISEF 2011 Day 6

Day 7 was public visits day and Special Awards Ceremony at night. Finalists were supposed to stand by their booths and introduce their project to the public.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment?

There were many, many visitors of all ages from the public, and there were many "tour groups" walking around. Many Japanese visitors stopped by my booth :)

After some time at my booth I started visiting the other booths because I hardly had time to do that before judging day.

A project on Matrices!

Drum Pants. A device you put in your jeans so slapping your thighs makes a drumming sound.

Complicated-looking water sanitation machine.

Multidimensional Integration based on a Monte Carlo Method

Every finalist had some lunch coupons to buy food from Los Angeles Convention Center, but I misplaced them so I bought my own lunch from Quizno's. Turns out I had put the coupons inside my bag and forgotten about them.

The Singapore delegation had dinner with Dr. Wulf Hofbauer (The ISEF judge from Singapore) at California Pizza Kitchen. Dr. Wulf is the kind of person who talks freely about anything so we got on pretty well. When we were reading the menu and deciding out orders, I voiced my concern that we might order too much and not be able to finish everything. Dr. Wulf replied, "Oh yes, we have to be careful, I read on some blog that on the first day of ISEF, someone went to the Original Pantry Cafe and he couldn't finish his Fish and Chips."

If you don't get his reference... nevermind.

I had three slices of this pizza as well as a slice or two of another pizza with avocado chunks on it.

The climax of the day was definitely the Special Awards Ceremony. In the same huge hall as the Opening Ceremony, representatives from different agencies/societies/organizations went on stage one by one to give their awards.

My supervisor (rightmost) got the Agilent Teacher Award!

I won the Association for Computing Machinery's Second Award! All Singaporean finalists have to wear bright red blazers so it should be pretty easy to find me.

I also won the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Society's Second Prize:

See that lanyard I'm wearing? It's covered with my favorite pins from the Pin Exchange Ceremony, and it's one of my favorite souvenirs from ISEF :)

The First Prize winner for that award gets a printed copy of the first patent ever made :)

The following are some cool awarding organizations.

Cute logo and cool guy