2018 C4E Singapore and Malaysia Trip
At the end of last term, on Monday 3 December, eighteen Darwin High School students and two teachers departed Darwin for the C4E Singapore and Malaysia Trip. This annual trip gives students the opportunity to enhance their applied knowledge and stretch their mathematical and scientific horizons beyond the classroom.
By student Brandon Ting
The Darwin High School Singapore/Malaysia trip is a great experience for those students who choose to attend, as they not only are given the opportunity to learn about both cities and how they operate in comparison to Darwin, but also how to become more independent and interact with other students and people.
Throughout the trip, we were taken to a variety of educational places, such as the Singapore Discovery Centre, The NeWater Visitor Centre, The Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, The Petronas Tower tour, and The Singapore Science Centre. Each of these places gave students an insight into what makes Singapore and Malaysia unique and different from other countries around the world, such as Singapore’s water management systems, and Malaysia’s pewter production. It was a great opportunity to witness the real life applications of mathematics and science.
A highlight of the trip was touring the NeWater Plant in Singapore, which purifies recycled water to make it drinkable using processes such as microfiltration and reverse osmosis. Another highlight was the Marina Barrage, with it’s eco-friendly, engineering brilliance. Students were also given the opportunity to experience the culture of Singapore and Malaysia, having the chance to try out the local food and batik artwork, and also visit the temples and caves in Malaysia. Here we experienced the different cultures and values compared to Australia.
In addition to the educational experiences, we were also given free time to independently discover Singapore and Malaysia. We were taught how to use the MRT system, and were able to travel around Singapore during our free time and also for our guided tours. This was possibly the most valuable aspect of the trip, as we were able to learn how to be independent and manage our own money and transport from time to time throughout the course of the trip. All together, this is a great trip that is highly recommendable for other students interested!