Pei KoonRaffles Institution, Singapore
BrendanRaffles Institution, Singapore
Hoong ChenRaffles Institution, Singapore
IvanRaffles Institution, Singapore
15 & under
Jiansheng LiRaffles Institution, Singapore
Science & Technology > Life Science > Ecology
Ages 12 and up
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At first, we found communication somewhat difficult, as we had different schedules and took part actively in school activities and all of us, except Brendan, took a third language course. Fortunately, we were from the same school and same class, which made things easier.
In time, we found the right time to communicate by Instant Messaging (IM), at times over Skype. We also used emails to send large files to everybody and to update each together when we could not hold an IM conference. We met up in school often, especially in the days leading up to the deadline, working late in the night in the school computer labs.
We divided tasks according to everyone’s abilities. Pei Koon, the Adobe Flash savvy geek, did most of the website in Flash, with Ivan as his trusty sidekick who sourced for images and did the design. Hoong Chen was the content manager and worked hard on the content, as well as suggesting the idea that we do our topic on climate change. He was also a big pillar in the research methodologies. Brendan was in charge of research methodologies, and helped Hoong Chen in the bibliography.
Despite our diverse backgrounds, we got together as citizens of the earth and completed the website.
Our group members came from various backgrounds, enabling us to have different perspectives and gain deeper insight into the same topic. Well, international websites with international members must have international perspectives, mustn’t they?
Hoong Chen used to be a citizen of Malaysia, whose parents migrated to Singapore earlier, bringing ideas from the developing Malaysia into developed Singapore. The suggestion that we should only get people to do things to help the earth only if that saved them money came from him, as he got us to realise that people in developing countries like Malaysia and China were big emitters too, but unlike developed countries, cannot afford to spend on green technology and would only bother saving the earth if they saved money as well.
Brendan, Ivan and Pei Koon’s parents had cars, hence giving us ideas and allowing us to test out systematically the tips in the “saving fuel” section.
Pei Koon lives on landed property, the rest of us in high-rise flats, and hence was able to contribute on eco-friendly garden know-how.