# A short break during the application season

While it comes, the application seasion, full of tension, sadness and happiness. At this time, just after finsihing submitting all UC applications, I decided to join this competiton held in Foshan, Guangdong, which is a prosperous city around the Guangzhou. It is a short break for me, for I have some time to reflect the early application season including EA and UC and better think how could I improve in the future. Also, I haven’t taken any VEX competition for almost a year due to the COVID. It is the best time for me to catch up with this brand new season and implement my new-learned knowledge in real match.

# VEX 2019世锦赛总结

## 白天当地时间，晚上北京时间

VEX 比赛中，联队的联络是非常重要的。有时候学姐需要去练习场或者打技能赛的时候，我就主动去帮助学姐联络接下来的联队。既可以更加熟悉VEX 的比赛规则，了解整个分区的其他队伍，又可以锻炼自己的英语水平。

# The true first day of 2019 VEX Worlds

## Fantastic & Unsatisfactory flights

The marvellous sun rising in the morning on the flight from Xi’an to Beijing

The first trip begin at 6:00 in the morning, it’s the most intensive boarding for me, which we arrived the airport an hour earlier and boarded before the taking off for just 30 minutes.
Also, the huge robots are carrying to the special channel. I heard the obvious noise when the conveyor belt was running.

On the flight, everybody was very tired because of staying up the whole night. But I didn’t feel sleepy, looking at the outside of the windows. It was charming and moving and also I have never seen the sunrise before.

Chicago O’Hare Airport

The second flight from Beijing to Chicago operated by The United Airlines. To be honest, it was not as good as I thought before. The food, space, comfortability and so on were not very good.

And I deemed that I was able to review my schoolwork during the flight period, but I was totally wrong. I just played with Jessica and had lots of fun. We talked about a lot about school, life and many other things. I thought she is a really nice girl, a little bit like QBS. Having feasible childish is the most attractive aspect to me.

We went around the Outlets in the afternoon but I bought nothing. It’s totally the same as the Outlets in Seattle. I don’t think that I belong to this kind of places.

In the evening, Mr. Han held a meeting between us. Many things have been mentioned, but the most impressive thing for me is that his affirmation to me.

And also my duty is looking after the base, managing the batteries and being charge of replying with Jessica. I hope that we two can co-ordination and co-operate to make our team better. Can’t say for sure that our relationship can make progress, of course not that kind of relationship but other kind of relationship.

Tomorrow will be greater!

The last mile

Chicago O’Hare Airport

Chicago O’Hare Airport

# May be the FIRST DAY?

It’s 2:51 now. I am in the robot laboratory in the school with my team members.

Everything is prepared. We’ll set out at 3:30. It’s surely the earliest time that I get to school and the earliest time to leave school. My classmates will have the mid term examination. I am a little fortunate but also a bit regretful.

I deem that today’s work about programming of autonomous is greater than any other day. I have debugged 4 kind of programs in different position. You know that, the feeling of hit the ball completely is really fantastic.

The 9 days VEX Worlds trip is beginning from now. There must be something exciting and also depressing. But everything will become the most valuable and forgettable memories and experiences for me.

By the way, perhaps I can be the one who waving the flag in the central stage at the VEX Worlds opening ceremony.

I don’t know why I am not sleepy at all now, although I was so sleepy right now. Hope it can be a good starts!

We’ll go to Beijing at first, and go to Chicago maybe one day later.

# The Nature Conservancy

Zuch Ferdana @CoastResilience Geospatial Information Officer(GIO)

• flood tags API
• use geo to show where the best place to restore the mangroves

## good influence

• fisheries
• tourism
• carbon storage

do a lot to find out why it was failed

need more example to make sure it will work

## Mapping Ocean Wealth

• coral reef
• find nemo

### Why protect it?

• tourism
• climate

• communicate with technology
• educate people to understand the things we are doing

### How to train AI?

• We have a lot of scientist to work for it
• We use the accurate photograph not sea food made from coral reef or the beach between coral reef

# Fundamentals of Delivering Effective Presentations

## How to use your “Tools”?

• How to speak
• speak loud enough
• 气沉丹田
• having energy, confidence, passion
• pause
• holding microphone 45°
• opening up
• speak slowly
• Where to look
• give everybody attention
• How to move
• use body languages
• jump out of the safety zone
• shoulders back
• show hand palm

## how to manage your time?

• give a little remain space
• set milestones
• write a verbatim script
• practice with a timer

## How to struct tour pitch? (example)

• hook
• problem
• solution
• process & details
• next steps

## How to handle questions from the audience?

• understand the key
• understand why they ask this question
• question like giving you advice

## What to do if I forget something or not understand something?

• pause to restore
• take a card with a few key words
• be confident
• thank you so much, I don’t actually have the answer to your question, but this gonna what I will to do
• do not lie
• do not try to change their attention