An 3am start for me. A mad dash to the airport by taxi on another hot day. A plane from Sibu to Kuala Lumpur. Another plane to Singapore (we only found out at the airport that we'd be going to Singapore rather than directly to Johor Bahru). We cleared immigration at Singapore by midday and were driven by taxi back into Malaysia.
We arrived at Foon Yew High School in barely on time in the early afternoon. Four mini classrooms were laid out in the school hall. Unfortunately no projector or whiteboard available to anyone. This pretty much ruled out the lessons I'd been using up until that point. With only minutes until the arrival of my first class of 40 students I decided to do an impromptu session on design considerations in aeronautical engineering and their subsequent impact on experimental test flights.
In other words I just spent the next hour and half making paper aeroplanes with kids. A competition to see who could design a plane to travel furthest in a straight line. After the play-off style tournament the students were allowed to tweak the design before trying again. I got them to come up with branding and logos for their designs (in everyday parlance - they coloured their planes in).
And that was it - the end of the STEM sessions. On Friday we're heading back to Singapore. Only admin, networking and paperwork left on this trip now. And still...no stars at night.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.