As the sun set on 2010 and dawned on the New Year 2011, what better way to start it off on a high note than with participation in an internationally recognized event? That’s what Sri KDU Secondary School certainly did by participating in this year’s International Year of Chemistry (IYC).
The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future.”
We were encouraged to participate in ways to help accomplish the IYC 2011 objectives:
- Increase public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs
- Increase interest in chemistry among young people
- Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
- Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mme. Curie Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.
“Organic”. Whenever we hear this word we think of the many moments during grocery shopping when our parents are more attracted to food packs with labels bearing the word ‘organic’. The food appears similar, except the higher price; so why are they preferred?
Organic, as we generally perceive, are veggies and fruits that are ‘healthier’ for us, but have we wondered what ‘organic’ food really is?
On a recent visit to Enderong Organis Farm in in Janda Baik with a group of Chapter members on a fine Tuesday morning during our school holidays, we learnt many things about organic farming and why organic food has gained so much popularity in recent years.
As farmers can do nothing to prevent natural weather such as excessive rain or long periods of drought, good yields are not guaranteed. In pricing organic produce, all these factors are considered.
But the price is just a price isn’t it? Organic products, no matter how it’s debated, are still the better choice for a healthy lifestyle. As the saying goes, ‘You are what you eat’, and in this case if you go organic, you will reap the benefits.
Introducing herself as Dr. Sandy from Hobart, Tasmania, she soon organised us into 6 groups. She explained that we would be engaging in various hands-on activities and games.
Applying all sorts of imaginative ideas - standing, sitting, coming together in a closed circle – we tried them all. At the end of the activity, Dr. Sandy told s us she was very impressed with our various ideas to achieve the 12-second time limit.
Dr. Sandy left us more aware of our surroundings and hard as it may be to change our habits, we must do our part.