Adiel's NYAA Blog

I am a Student


Hello! I am Adiel, a student at the School of Science and Technology, Singapore. I am from the Astronomy Club and the Student Council. In this blog, you will see more of my events that I have attended during my membership at the Astronomy Club. I hope you enjoy!


My Skills

Here are some of my skills that I have. I am still mastering some of these skills up till today.

Video Editing 75%
Photography 70%
Drawing 40%
Photo Editing 10%

Singapore Youth Science Fair

Represented School and attained Silver Award at Local Event.

Cassini Space Essay Writing Competition

Represented School at Local Event.

Google Science Fair

Represented School at Local Event.

Singapore Astronomy Olympiad

Represented School at Local Event.





CCA Events Represented
CCA Overseas Trips
Hours of Service
Common Passion
  • Astronomy Club Session 23 March

    On the 23rd March 2018, the Astronomy Club unofficial handover process was being held. During this session, Mr Tan congratulated the Secondary 4s for their membership and the former EXCO members on their respective roles in the CCA. Overall, I felt a little sad that I have to leave the CCA but what is very important is the next group of CCA leaders who will lead the club and amplify the presence of Astronomy Club in SST.

    Afterwards, the Secondary 4s, including me proceeded to the Engineering Lab to have a review of the Paper that was given to the Secondary 1 students who wanted to apply for Astronomy Club. Despite the toughness (level of difficulty) of the paper, we applied what we have learnt last time like Newton's law and some concepts of blackbody radiation. We also used the equation of escape velocity learnt in the lesson on Orbital Mechanics last time to complete some questions.

    The Secondary 1 to Secondary 3s did a Fox Hunting session. They seem to have enjoyed themselves. Those who already did the activity during the Barelang overseas trip can take this opportunity to share their experiences which those who have not conducted the activity.

  • Barelang Trip - Day 3

    What happened today?

    Right after breakfast, we learnt about how the Sun and other Galatic Backgrounds could be used as radio resources. Particularly, we emphasised on the features of the sun like the Corona Loops and the Flares. We did not manage to begin Solar Observation due to unfavourable weather conditions. Afterwards, we watched two separate documentaries regarding the universe - Planets from Hell and the Birth of the Earth. Although I have watched "Planets from Hell" before in Secondary 2, it gave me a deeper insight as compared to the previous time as I understood better now. In the late afternoon, we had a final session of "Fox Hunting", executed by the players who did not get the chance of setting up the transmitters in the previous two sessions. I was tough for the players to locate any of the "transmitters".

    What was the cause of it?

    The difficulty of the Fox Hunting game was possibly due to the undesirable locations of the transmitters. Some of the transmitters were placed in urban areas, which is against the rules of the game.

    What I have learnt?

    I have learnt that if the transmitters were placed in open areas and preferably in a large body of water, it would be easier for the Fox Hunter to locate the fox.

    What should I do in the future?

    In the future, I would remember the mistakes that I encountered during the activities done during this event. This is particular to activities in this event (e.g. Fox Hunting) that might be done in the futre. It would reduce the time spent figuring out what the mistake is and it would be a waste if the mistake is repeatedly done.
  • Barelang Trip - Day 2

    What happened today?
    A splendid day it was. In the morning, after breakfast, I went through a lesson on radio telescopes through the use of Radio JOVE lesson materials. 

    Afterwards, we proceeded to check out how the receiver could capture an input in order for it to be processed into data that could be plotted on a group.

    We watched The Martian afterwards and observed the use of concepts of Physics in the movie. Later that day, I participated in a Fox Hunting game for the second time and it is more successful this time, if I were to consider the main objective as the number of transmitters found.

    Lastly, at night, we went through a lesson on Lenses, the use of ray diagrams to explain how a telescope with lenses work to produce an intended image.

    What was the cause of it?
    I am more successful in the Fox Hunting this time due to the different strategy my team used which is to scavenger every corner of a certain area instead of heavily relying on instinct or just giving up and finding another transmitter.

    What did I learnt?
    One thing I have learnt from the lesson on antennas and receivers is how we could built a large receiver and a the same time save money. A "Very Large Array" formation consists of a row of radio telescopes placed in a "fan" formation to mimic how a large receiver works. This saves the extra cost of building a large receiver. 

    This time, during the Fox Hunting game, I learnt that perseverance is key. Despite failure the other day, my new team decided that we should be more meticulous in finding the transmitters. We split the job of finding it in the same area but in different corners so as to not waste time and quickly mark out areas that have been search. 

    The lesson on Lenses uses what I have learnt in Optics. The lessons make use of ray diagrams to explain how a telescope with lenses work.

    What can I do in the future?
    In the future, I should look back at these events in order to not repeat any same mistakes (wherever applicable) and constantly remind myself of relevant concepts that I could use the same field of study. 
  • Barelang Trip - Day 1

    My first day in Barelang was exciting. The main activity that was conduct throughout the afternoon was the Fox Hunting activity. With "foxes" planted by the Secondary 3s, Jun Hua and I failed to find any one of the transmitters. I learnt that instead of constantly switching to find another transmitter, my team should stick to one has it is would be easier to narrow down the location of the "fox". At the same time, I should learn to be more flexible in thinking as the area of the resort is large and the transmitters could just be anywhere.
  • Astronomy Session on 23rd February 2018

    Today, Astronomy Club members Jia Chen and Yi Ming presented on Cosmology. During this session, they mentioned certain terminologies that I am not familiar with yet. If I were to summarise the things that I've learnt in this session, it would be: the different Universe Death Theories such as the Big Rip in which the world is theorised to end being ripped apart.

    What I have learnt during this session is different from any other session as this is the first time that we have touched on Cosmology. I feel that knowing the different theories on how the world could end is a way for us to know more about the current world in terms and how these factors could lead to the world's death. It also makes me appreciate more of our existence and how time is very valuable.
  • 3D Printed Telescope by Mr Zong Yang

    This session was one of the most interesting sessions as it is my first time knowing about a 3D-printed telescope. In the past, telescopes were not 3D printed. This is my first time seeing a 3D printed telescope.

    We then watched a video on how the telescope could be assembled in a minute and some live demonstrations of it being assembled.

    After the presentation, we then had an opportunity to view the telescope and even try to use it! That's me in the photo doing the action.
  • Short Solar Gazing Session

    Today, there was a presentation regarding the Sun. One of the main takeaways of this session was the different layers of the Sun as the Corona, Photosphere and Atmosphere. Previously, one of the main points I recognised was that the Sun was a star part of the main sequence. The main sequence is the cluster of stars in the Hertzspring-Rusell Diagram.

    Aside from the presentation, my team introduced the Coronado telescope to the juniors so that they are familiar on the telescopes. This telescope is used for Solar Gazing, such as shown in the photo below. From this session, I learnt that about the layers of the Sun and some facts such as the thickness of each layer and the hot and cold spots of each layer. This is similar to the session on the Sun last year which focused more on the composition of gases in each layer.