Ged of M2/2, represented NMK-MEP in the Multi Skills Competition which includes writing, picture dictation, listening, speaking and reading skills tests. For this year the event was held at Nawaminthrachinuthit Triamudomsuksanumklao School and started at 7.30 am and went on until evening with a short lunch break where the students were allowed to meet their mentor teachers and share their experiences with the writing, picture dictation, listening and reading skills tests. The last round was the Speaking Skills test where the students were asked questions and required to answer fluently and creatively. While the results are still to be announced, it was an overall fun learning experience for both participants and mentor teachers. (T. Jeffrey)
This year’s storyteller is Phet of M2/2. And his story is :
TALOS: THE FIRST ROBOT
Hephaestus, god of technology, was hard at work on his most ingenious invention. Yet, he was creating a new defense system for king Minos. Who wants no intruders on his island, the kingdom of Crete. But mortal Guards and ordinary weapons is not enough. So Hephaestus planned to make a new powerful defender. Day and night he worked, he used magical fire and powerful stones in his forge. And finally, Hephaestus cast his invention in the shape of a giant man. Made of gleaming Bronze and possess a superhuman power made from Ichor, the life Blood of the gods. This Giant Man was unlike anything Hephaestus had ever made before. Alas! Hephaestus named his creation, Talos , the first Robot.
Three times a day, Talos marched around the island’s searching for interlopers. When unknown ships tried to enter the coast, Talos will powerfully throw massive boulders in to their path and no one can escape. If any survivors made it ashore, he would heat his metal body into Red Hot and crash victims to his chest.
Day after day, Talos fulfill his duties. But despite his robotic behavior, Talos developed a sense of life within him. The sense of sadness and the sense of companionship. And soon, Talos then encounter a ship of invaders that would test his mettle.
On board the invader’s ship were Jason the most famous hero and leader of the argonauts and Medea the beautiful enchantress . They were returning from their hard-won quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Their adventure had taken many dark turns, and the weak sailors were desperate to take a good rest in a safe port.
Lo! An island! cried one.
Hoorah! Hoorah! Indeed an island!, rejoice the sailors.
Jason and the argonauts prepared to dock unto the island when….
“Master!!! lo!”, pointed one of the sailors to the island’s direction!
“Heavens, a giant automaton!” The tales are true! mumbled Jason.
Jason, and the argonauts on board the ship were petrified with what they saw. And before they could even recover Talos spotted them.
Quickly, the argonauts covered and tried to evade the coming of the giant Talos.
But then, Medea, the enchantress spotted a glinting bolt on Talos ankle… and she devised a very clever gambit.
“ Talos, Talos my child! I came in peace!, said Medea enchantingly. Talos halted upon hearing the most beautiful voice calling his name.
“Talos, the Gods sent me to grant your wish! The wish of LIFE!” continued Medea. This time Medea’s voice is getting more charming than ever.
Medea saw that Talos stood hypnotized and spellbound. Medea’s enchanting voice captivated Talos deeply. It resonated to his core. Unaware of his own mechanical nature but human enough to long for eternal life, Talos pondered to his core.
Medea muttered more incantations, over and over again.
Meanwhile, Jason took advantage of the spellbound Talos. In a swift, Jason ran behind Talos and quickly removed his glinting bolt.
“This bolt is mine! Die Automaton! Die!”, rejoiced Jason of the Argonauts.
Upon removing the bolt, the ichor came out, draining the power source of Talos.
Talos, looked at his flowing ichor. He tried to flare, but its too late.
With a loud crash, Talos collapsed like a thunder hitting the ground.
And surprisingly, a tear of ICHOR, roll out on Talos bronze cheek .
It was a tear of DESPAIR! A tear of DEFEAT!
And that my friend is the end of my story!
Ladies and gentlemen, this story was first recorded in 700 BCE. But somehow it is similar to the modern concepts and myths of AI. That is: AI will soon be conscious. AI will soon replace humans. The evidence to these statements are still unknown. But, one thing for sure, this story teaches us to draw a line between humans and machines. This story teaches us to think of AI’s potentials and limitations. In this case we can appreciate AI’s beauty yet be prepared for possible adversities. I thank you!
Haris of M3/12, participated in Spelling Bee Competition. Spelling Bee Competition consists of 3 rounds. This year, the competition was held at Wat Rajabopit School, Bangkok. It started at 9.30 a.m. and students took a break at 11 a.m. to have lunch. Mentor teachers could see their students during lunch time. The competition then resumed at 12 noon and lasted until 3.30 p.m.
As for the competition proper, judges will give 20 words for students to spell during the first round. Students have to at least get 10 correctly spelled vocabulary to pass through the next round. In the second round judges will ask the students to spell out 20 words and same goes for the third round. It was indeed a really challenging experience for students to take part in this competition knowing that they have to read and memorize if possible thousands of English words. Spelling Bee is like deep sea diving, students can have a good experience before competition and during the competition. (T. Nuro)
The M2/2 science class students conducted the experiment to understand the concepts between evaporation and drying process. The students were having confusion why evaporation and drying are two different. To understand the principles of the two terminologies-evaporation and drying, students created two different activities to see the difference between the two. Evaporation technique was one of their activities and the drying was another one. To conceptualize the activity, they started to measure the amount of water to put into the beaker. Each beaker contains 100 ml of water. One of those was used for evaporation through a boiling process. Another beaker with 100 ml of water was being exposed through a direct sunlight. This was too simple activity but yet fun and helpful for the students to understand the two concepts.
While doing the activity, some of them were already visualized and understand what evaporation and drying is. They were discussing their thoughts and learning at the same time. When the experiment was done, most of them understand the difference between evaporation and drying. Presentation of their finished work was performed by groups and it was well done.
It is very difficult to understand the circulatory system if you do not understand the organs involve in it. To understand the circulatory system, one must understand the main organ of it which is the HEART.
The complexity of the heart made the students difficult to understand in theory; however, by this dissection activity, the students were able to see the structure outside and inside of the heart which made them understand easier. The M2/2 students used the heart of the pig as their subject for dissection. Everyone was excited to do the dissection process because this activity was very fresh to them. When you look at them, you can feel their eagerness and excitement to conduct the experiment. Most of them were able to identify its parts and were even able to explain why the circulatory system has a double circulation.
This was an amazing experience for them to see what’s really in the heart not just by photographs but gaining the knowledge based on real hands-on experience.