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Somebody once said “The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement“.

Hence, even after our series of workshops, we sought to make improvement to our oil-purification process. As such, we made contact with the mentor of students from Temasek Polytechnic who had previously conducted a project on purifying used cooking oil (UCO). This UCO was taken from their school canteen, to make their very own soap!

When a small group of us found our way to the ‘School of Applied Sciences’, Mr. U Tin Lin welcomed us warmly into the laboratory, where he kindly supplied us detailed notes and shared to us his project. Thereafter, we ended up having a truly enriching discussion (lasting for 2 straight hours!), with him providing in-dept explanations and clarifications for our queries and doubts.

Our only complaint was that we should have met up with him earlier in the year!

Showing us a filter cloth used in oil-purification

Showing us a filter cloth used in oil-purification

Three models, displaying the steps of oil-purification

Three models, displaying the steps of oil-purification

Examples of their soap made from clean oil - looks very different from ours!

Examples of their soap made from clean oil - looks very different from ours!

Him answering our numerous questions

Mr U answering our numerous questions

A hands-on demonstration of adding his recommended fragrance to water

A hands-on demonstration of adding his recommended fragrance to water

Group Photo! (Gloria, Brenda, Mr. U, Yu-Jia, Yujin)

Group Photo! (Gloria, Brenda, Mr. U, Yu-Jia, Yujin)

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In an effort to spread the message of environmental conservation to our very own schoolmates, we also held a soap-making workshop with RGS students on the morning of 2nd September 2008. It generated quite an enthusiastic reponse, with around 30 people turning up. We also conducted a second workshop in the afternoon, with members of the public (they had signed up with us during our Project Mending Sky Outreach), YAH! College and Marine Parade Family Service Centre. This workshop was also our largest scale workshop by far, carrying over 70 participants.

Admittedly, the workshop wasn’t exactly what you’d call successful, with a couple of oversights here and there – but if anything, for most of us it was an invaluable learning experience for us. It was through this workshop which we had learnt so much and taken away so much – in spite of all the mishaps that had happened, this workshop merely served to spur us on to greater heights.

“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”

Workshop participants attentively watching the soap-making video we filmed

Workshop participants attentively watching the soap-making video we filmed

Workshop participants washing up!

Workshop participants washing up!

Participants from Marine Parade Family Service Centre

Participants from Marine Parade Family Service Centre

Pouring the soap mixture into moulds

Pouring the soap mixture into moulds

Gloria explaining the soap-making procedures

Gloria explaining the soap-making procedures

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Attempting to smooth out her mixture 😛

One of our student volunteers helping the participants with the soap-making

One of our student volunteers helping the participants with the soap-making

Hard at work making soap!
Hard at work making soap!

Hard at work making soap!

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The last day of our joint outreach held in collaboration with Drama Box was again an enriching and fulfilling experience – we were extremely heartened by yet again the positive response we received from the public, and ended this outreach on a high and upbeat note. All 8 of us truly had inspiring takeaways from this meaningful event!

1 of our RGS friends, Zhen Zheng, came down to help us, and another lady who previously came for the WINGS workshop (Ms Poh Siew Choo) came to promote our project’s cause as well. In addition, we are extremely grateful to Drama Box for providing us with this platform for outreach.

Now for the pictures!

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