We are a group of 14 year old students who are interested in Astronomy.
The 4 Astronomical Team Members:
From left to right: Tan Aik Khim, Leng Ting Kun, Chan (The Chinese High School, Singapore) and Lim Zhong Yi (Willetton Senior High School, Perth, Australia)
Mr. Chew Tyng Yong (The Chinese High School, Singapore)
Dr. Phil Chan (Nanyang Polytechnic Observatory, Singapore)
Contributions of the Team Members
Leng Ting Kun (Secondary 2 student at The Chinese High School, Singapore)
His wonderful skills with Flash MX 2004 has allowed the birth of dozens of Flash movies (easily 20) which you see around this web site, including the introductory Flash. His meticulous work since the starting of January 2004 has been vital in ensuring the completion of this project. Always ready to help with a jovial personality, he is also our maestro in presentations. In charge of the information for Solar System, Galaxies and as well as being the "Flash honcho", he has enalbled us to scale greater heights".
Tan Aik Khim (Secondary 2 student at The Chinese High School, Singapore)
He created the wonderful tutorials available for download. His vast knowledge has allowed the visitors to gain more insight into the otherwise slightly obscure world of cosmology. Also, he created Flash movies to supplement Ting Kun's. Many a time, his sound words made us to reconsider otherwise "wild goose chase" plans and some of which were nearly impossible. Thank you!
Raphael Lim Zong Yi (International Partner, Willetton Senior High School, Perth, Australia)
It was a wonderful experience working with our new friend. Us, as urban kids, grew up never seeing the Milky Way. The ironic thing was that he lived in suburban Perth and could even see the Milky Way clearly every night! During the Venus Transit of 2004, June 8th, we sent him a solar filter, identical to the ones we had. It was no doubt interesting when we confirmed each others' observations of Venus as a black disc, 6000km apart. Raphael also created Flash movies which you see in the Solar System area on planets.
Su-Chern (Secondary 2 student at The Chinese High School, Singapore)
He was in charge of the section on the Observatory and Stars. Also the overall web designer, he has also contributed Flash movies as well as getting our Australian partner to join us. He also took most of the astrophotographs and did the overall organization of data.
Mentor: Mr. Chew Tyng Yong (The Chinese High School, Singapore)
Our mentor, Mr. Chew, was extremely helpful. He was very supportive of our project right from the start and had provided many avenus of help when we were in times of 'crisis'. He managed the administrative affairs and sacrificed much of his time for project meetings with us so as to allow for the successful completion of this project. His advice was invaluable and we would not have come thus far without him. He often gave us sound advice on the design of the web site as well as on the aesthetic points of our project. While he was occassionally unable to make it for our field trips, his encouragement spurred us on the scale greater heights. Thank you Mr. Chew!
Assistant Mentor: Dr Phil Chan (Nanyang Polytechnic Observatory, Singapore)
Dr. Chan facilitated our learning process, especially arranging the fieldtrips and even setting aside time for lectures. We have attended a nember of his talks and public-sharing sessions. Not only did he arrange for a practical session in the laboratory cum lecture for us on stellar spectroscopy and some on quantum mechanics concepts, he also arranged for us too visit the NYP Observatory, one of the most advanced in South-East Asia. Also, we attended his public sharing lecture on the 8th June during the Venus Transit. Thank you!
Teamwork and Collaboration
This was a vital issue. Collaboration was needed to ensure the successful completion of this project. While it was an international effort, it was helped by the fact that Raphael and Su-Chern were already friends prior to this project. We used email to communicate and as well as MSN Messenger, not forgetting the occassional phonecall and letters.
A brief description of how we collaborated. In Singapore, the team would first meet with our mentors. When the project meeting had been completed, we would then relay the results as well as updates via email or MSN as well as Yahoo Groups to Raphael, our Australian partner. If there was work to be done, we would fix a deadline sometime in the near future when we could collate the information. Later, should editing and vetting be needed, we would hold discussions and thus would discuss what needed to be included or changed in the web site as well as the information.
In the beginning, more often than not, disputes often arose as a result of lack of experience working with each other and also dur to poor communication skills. As time passed, we became more accomodative towards each other and became a cohesive team, willing to help each other through obstacles in this project.