Today was a less intensive day compared to the rest. The first half of the day we stayed at NUS and worked on our group assignments as Team Nano. We were able to make progress through these and get a start on preparing which one of the A*star institutes to present. After our group work we made our way to the CREATE building in U Town.
This building has been looming over us our entire stay in U Town and we are finally able to visit it. The building is part of the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) which primarily researches biomedical technologies. Once inside we had a tour of a few labs inside the CREATE building.
Our visit to the CREATE building was a short one which gave us free time. A group of us decided to play a quick game of basketball, this turned out to be 2 hours, but it was time well spent having fun in-between visits. After the game we headed off for a glorious and refreshing shower, i ate dinner then crashed in bed embracing sleep.
The morning was spent in out Pico and Nano groups working on our group assignments which are worth 30% of our overall grade mark. I was doing a report on IMRE. Considering writing is not my strong point, I have been finding these reports hard.
In the afternoon we went to the SMART CREATE (MIT Joint Centre) at University Town which was only a short walk from our meeting point at Starbucks. The centre was research laboratory for biological materials such as disease research like cancer and malaria. In vitro drug interaction using microfluidics. They then showed us how they make the microfluidic chips using PDMS by soft lithography.
The second laboratory section we visited was a high precision optics lab which shoots lasers like pew pew. Which changed the refractive index of the medium around the scanning area which would alter the path of the sequential laser beam, gense giving a result.
Overall the day was pretty short. We were dismissed at 4:00 which was pretty early considering we were already at Utown. So seven of us went to the basketball court where we played a few half court games which was a really nice chance to show the like-mindedness of the students on the tour.
As a change of pace, we all spent this morning in our accommodation working on our group assignments. It was a very productive morning; we all managed to put quite a large dent into the workload with which we are faced over the next few weeks. Overall, I was very happy with how well our team – team Pico – worked together, and I am sure we will have no issues completing the work on time.
Our afternoon visit to the SMART-CREATE MIT Centre was also a productive and enjoyable one. We were given a short but insightful tour through the institute’s laboratories, and we were given detailed descriptions of some of the techniques that are implemented. One such example was the production of microfluidic devices, involving the use of a negative mould over which a substance (polydimethylsiloxane) is poured and set, giving rise to micron-sized channels. It was also interesting to learn about the medical applications of this technology.
Overall, it was a laid back yet interesting and productive day.