In August 6th to 10th, the 2018 Junior Engineering Academy was held in Samsung Global Engineering Center (headquarter of the Samsung Engineering) located in Seoul, South Korea. The objective of this program was for the students all around the world to be able to raise awareness of environmental issues and what they could partake in order to contribute to bettering the environment and to raise global eco-leaders who could, in the future, lead the future generation in the aspect of the environment by offering a variety of lectures from renowned environmental engineers and activities. Worldwide students from South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, Thailand, and Malaysia, in total 40 people, their ages ranging from 14 to 17, were selected to represent their countries they’re from and to participate in this meaningful event.
For the global participants (all participants except for Koreans), the academy provided them with flight tickets and other accommodations including hotel rooms for their 5 day stay at Korea and meals. Furthermore, for the 3 days the academy was not held, global participants received tours around Seoul for them to be able to experience a culture that they are not so familiar with.
The actual academy was held from August 7th to 8th, when the Korean participants joined the rest of the participants. On the first day, each participant who was divided into 6 teams, group A to group F sat with corresponding to their groups. After a short orientation and teambuilding activity, the participants listened to three lectures; the first lecture about understanding engineering, the second lecture about sustainable development, and the third about water treatment technology. The water treatment technology lecture by Mr. Russell Reed especially caught many participants’ attention. A number of participants were surprised on the slide about the over abstraction for irrigation. The slide discussed how much water was needed in order to grow or make food products that seem trivial. For example, to cultivate a single orange, 50 gallons of water was needed during the whole process. To a lot of people's’ surprise, Mr. Reed informed the participants that 2400 of liters of water are needed to make a single hamburger. After the interesting lecture that enlightened the students about the importance of the conservation of water, the participants got to experience by hand how to filter dirty water by a particular filtering device. This part of the program made me realize the severe necessity of water conservation, especially because water is directly related to food production and human survival. I was also able to become aware of how a considerable number of people today still lack fresh water and they are desperate to find some for their survival.
On the second day, the participants were provided with a tour in the Engium room. After the short tour, lectures for the second day started. There were also three lectures for the second day; the first lecture about the energy of the future, the second lecture about the energy of the present, and the third titled eco-city project. With all the lectures being over, each group were assigned a specific place and given the budget of the city, but also considering the impact the city has on the environment, the groups were to design the most energy-efficient city and present their plans in front of the other participants and facilitators. Group E (my group), in particular, were assigned a city with the population of 10,000 people and the annual operating budget of 15,000,000 dollars. Given the population, the budget, and also considering the environmental impact index, the things to consider when coming up with a specific design of the city were power plants, waste treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, and transportation facilities. The group came up with the best solution possible to make the city an eco-city, but also to build it within the budget.
|[Lecture on the topic of water deficit by Mr. Reed, photo by Seyun Bang]
The 2018 Junior Engineering Academy ended after each group gave presentations about their self-designed eco-cities. I was glad to have learned such valuable information about environmental-engineering from the 6 lectures as well as to get to know each other and experience different cultures from the participants’ diverse backgrounds.
|[Filtering dirty water with a water-filter, photo by Seyun Bang]
|[Group E’s presentation on their ideal eco-city, photo by Seyun Bang]
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