Tech Tinkers

For this aspect of CAS, I signed up for a college service called tech tinkers. I have been a part of this service since grade 11 and this year, I am one of the leaders running the activity. The reason why this tackles issues of a global significance is because of E-waste. In a day and age where technology is becoming more integrated into our everyday lives, technology that is obsolete will be disregarded and disposed of. At tech tinkers, we reduce E-waste in our school community. We accept donations of old technological devices such as phones, tablets and laptops. Once we receive the donations, we refurbish them into working condition and donate them to those that need it. E.g in Grade 11, we fixed a bunch of laptops, phones, DS and tablets for a project week group to donate to the kids at Blue Dragon.

 

In the world, we are using more and more technology, and this generates more waste that is harmful to the world. By joining tech tinkers, I have managed to take in old technology, refurbish them, and redistribute them to communities that would greatly appreciate the technology.

My Experience at the Carnival (MWC) and HOME.

Today, I went to the Carnival, I didn’t manage to find a way in, however, the experience of going to the location was really impactful. The dormitory is located at 34 Mandai Estate, when I was traveling there, I was trying to imagine what the dormitory looked like. I thought that the complex would be open, have some shops nearby and relatively close to places where other Singaporeans live e.g HDBs. However, my idea was so wrong. When I got there, the everything was enclosed in metal fencing, the courtyard where the migrant brothers worked was also enclosed in a metal fence. The quality of the football goals and basketball hoops weren’t very good either. As I circled the complex, I could see that security was of importance there, people needed passes to get in, women could only enter on specific days and times. I also could also get a glimpse of the rooms that the workers stayed in by looking through the windows. It seems that the accommodation is very small and many workers have to squeeze in there. A lot of the workers were participating in the carnival, others were in their rooms and others were sitting around conversing with one another. To me, I felt like the dorms were just a large jail cell.

 

This brings me to my main take away from home. At HOME, something that stuck and resonated with me would be “What is considered adequate living conditions?”. Would providing a shelter be considered adequate living conditions?. Since the SG Government hasn’t explicitly stated what each contractor has to provide to the workers, they can just use their best guess and decide how much they want to give to their workers.

Healthserve Migrant Brothers 01

During the first two Healthserve service sessions, I have learnt about the importance of communication. What happened was that we were meant to go to visit the Healthserve center in Little India, but due to miscommunication between our school and the center, our trip ended up being canceled. During the lesson that we were meant to go to the center, we brainstormed some questions for one of the guys (Willy) at Healthserve to answer. The following week, we finally managed to go to the center, when we were there, we were given insight on what the Migrant Brothers go through. We also tried to plan ways to

The following week, we finally managed to go to the center, when we were there, we were given insight on what the Migrant Brothers go through. We were informed that a lot of the Migrant Brothers didn’t want to come to our school to interact with us, this is because they were confused with why they had to get onto the bus. So we had to come up with a compromise between our school and the center. Willy came up with a solution and said that we could visit the center during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday block 3, lunch and block 4. There was a problem for some of us because we don’t have a free block during that period. I am willing to go to the center during a free block, but my only block 3 free is on Monday.

 

CAS and Activities Post

Some things that I am interested in would be rock climbing, RC, computing, and conflicts between different types of people e.g world leaders (Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump) or YouTubers (Clout Gang vs Team 10). Computing is something that I have always had an interest in since a young age, I think that the reason for this is because I have grown up in an age where technology is part of our daily lives. I’m also interested in learning conflicts between two types of people, the most recent conflict that I have kept up with would be the Youtube conflict between two major YouTubers, Jake Paul and Faze Banks. It was interesting to see how the audience reacted to both sides of the story, not only that but it surprised me that one side even started to lose subscribers because he had been lying to his viewers. To be honest, I am more interested in the conflict between the people, instead of how they resolved the issue. 

The issue that I feel most passionate about would be the welfare of animals. I have grown up around animals my whole life, I feel like they are a part of who I am and when I see the terrible things that some people do to them, it hurts me inside. Some things that I have tried to do to help the animals would be by spreading awareness of issues. Now welfare of animals is a huge topic to spread awareness about, so I just focused on one area, poaching. I researched into animal poaching in different countries and found many shocking stories. In the end, the way that I spread awareness would be through a short film that consisted of images, statistics, and interviews with people who are deeply involved with the issue.

Some strengths that I have would be the ability to communicate and collaborate easily with others. Since young talking has been one of my strengths, I find it easy to start a conversation with anyone, but I can still improve. Even though I can talk to anyone, I still have trouble trying to talk in front of a large audience, for some reason I just get nervous and forget about what I am supposed to say.

Right now I am not doing anything that could be apart of the CAS programme. I would like to be involved with rock climbing, tech tinkers, and green fingers. The reason I want to be involved with rock climbing is that it is something that challenges me and I get to set the pace that I climb. Something that I would like to learn about is how I as a student can help the environment. The way that I can do this would be through the service that I signed up for, Green Fingers. Something that I have always wanted to try but haven’t tried yet would be airsoft and sky diving.

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