Lim Hong Zhec, a student who is currently pursuing further studies in the SACE International programme at #DISTEDCollege, has participated in the recent National Olympiad Maths 2016 competition.
It was heartening to know that a group of Cambridge A-Level students chose to dedicate their free time aside from their studies to contribute to this year’s edition of Project Teddy.
19 scholarship holders from DISTED College’s Pre-University programme participated in the project which included visits to Hospital Seberang Jaya and Hospital Pulau Pinang during their recent semester break on August 5 & 6.
Earlier, the team had painstakingly collected hundreds of soft toys, washed and refurbished them carefully before packing them as gifts for the paediatric patients of both hospitals.
Joy Chu, who participated in both visits, said that it was really touching to know that the hours devoted to cleaning, fluffing and packing the toys made the day of all the sick children, including their siblings.
“It’s really good to take time to stop and see how we can bless others; when you make a little kid smile, you will also feel their happiness,” she added.
For Elsa Chew, the project taught her to be more grateful for her life and the people around her. She vowed to give back to the community more often, as “it was all worth it at the end to see how little things in life can make a difference in the children’s lives”.
Many other students who participated in Project Teddy also echoed the same sentiments on their involvement in the initiative. It was a good learning experience for Chan May Wen who picked up needlework skills while mending and decorating the toys and for Elizabeth Ong, who declared that it was one of the most productive semester breaks she had ever had.
Tan Siew Ping and Angela Seow Yu Ean both expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to spread happiness to others in a meaningful way and brightening the lives of the children they met on the visits.
Student Nicole Ann agreed that the project was a meaningful one as it not only brought happiness to the children but also gave them hope and courage to fight against their illnesses.
Together with project advisor and founder, Datin Helen Lim Pin Lean, the students distributed the soft toys and packed goodies of foodstuff to the young patients in Hospital Seberang Jaya on August 5 and Hospital Pulau Pinang on August 6.
The students were also accompanied by DISTED staff and lecturers, Puan Norhiza Mohamed Noor, Mrs Siew Gaik Allen, Ms Diana Quah, Dr Low Khee Lam and Ms Lee Lei Yong on the visits.
It was a proud moment when two teams from DISTED’s Cambridge A-level programme emerged triumphant at the regional Bridge Building Competition organised by Monash University on April 12.
The students, led by their advisors Dr Low Khee Lam and Mr Teng Wei Jian, who competed in teams of four each were given the arduous challenge of constructing a firm and structurally-sound bridge using materials like newspaper, cellophane tape and glue.
Following a briefing given by Monash University’s civil engineering lecturer, the students proceeded to construct their bridges.
After five hours of meticulous planning and laborious building, the completed bridges were tested with the laws of physics.
The completed bridges were judged based on weight, symmetry and deformation of bridge after loading, as well as students’ presentation on their bridge design.
The winning team comprising of students Elizabeth Yeap Kye Lyn, Tan Chun Meng, Bryan Tay Kah Yuan and Chong Sze Yen, built the lightest bridge weighing 270g with a 6mm deflection withstanding a load of 1,800g.
The other team – Shahul Hameed bin Mujib Kamal, Ooi Wei Jie, Loh Kiang Oon and Ch’ng Le Hang, came in third with their bridge weighing 380g.
A-level physics lecturer Dr Low was ecstatic over the double-win; and said that he hoped the competition exposed the students to a different style of learning and widened their understanding about engineering.
Student Chong Sze Yen, who aspires to be an engineer, said that good planning and team work contributed significantly to their win.
Her teammate, Brian Tay, concurred, “All our meticulous hard work in building and experimenting with different prototypes over the weekend paid off and we’re excited to be competing in the grand finals with the regional winners.”
All the best, students!