Closing Event of Think Quest Competition 2011!

The victor team of Think Quest Competition "Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011" from Regina Pacis High School Jakarta, mentor teacher, headmaster, and two of the committees

Today, 26th March 2012 is the long-awaited final event of the National Think Quest Competition “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011.”

Think Quest Competition is an annual competition dedicated to cultivate students’ critical thinking ability and the ability to utilize technology. The overseas Think Quest event is held by Oracle Foundation, and the national Think Quest is held by the cooperation between Oracle, Department of Education, and Pesona Edu. The winner of the national level can go to the overseas level to compete even higher.

Last year’s contest, the aforementioned “Jakarta of my Dream Contest 2011” was held from May ~ December 2011, with over 5,240 participants nationwide. The event experienced several delays though, which is why the announcement is just today in March 2012.

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Finding Childhood Treasure

Today was a tear-jerking happy day for me.

When my mom cleaned our rooms when I were at school, since we’re going to move to a new house in a few months, she found my a whole lot of my childhood treasures! I couldn’t help but to let my happiness burst.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin of Overindulgence

Tonight, I attended a glamorous wedding party in Ritz Carlton, an elite hotel known worldwide. The party was fabulous. I indulged myself in the amazing party set up by the event organizers and in the heavenly foods. However, as I moved around the room, a different thought came to my mind.

Is what “we” are doing right?

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PLASMA 2012 Day 1 Coverage!

Official poster from PLASMA

PLASMA stands for “Pelatihan dan Lomba Penelitian Anak SMA” (Research Training and Competition for High School Students), an annual event hold by Student Research Unit at Atma Jaya Catholic University, a renowned University in Indonesia. This series of activities is devoted for high school students to get to know researches and foster critical thinking.

Every year, this event trains a big number of high school students from numerous schools in Jabodetabek, Indonesia and then holds a research competition, where I and my team were the victor last year.

This year though, I came to PLASMA not as a participant anymore, because my school forbids third graders from participating in inter-school competitions from 2nd semester onward, to focus them on their upcoming final tests; but I still came to mentor my underclassmen who participates in PLASMA, as well as to see the brilliance of this event this year 😀

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7 Equations to Show Valentine Passion in Math

Whoever made the heart symbol to express love clearly didn’t give enough resemblance to the realistic shape of heart, but some of these graphs show that love knows no border — even for scientific students or math manias!

And this one is for the 3D form:

Some of you might be thinking…

Don’t worry, meet GeoGebra. It’s a free mathematics software that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Not only you can use this to show those graphs, it will also help you a lot in your studies 😀

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Neat, aren’t they? Now you can have something to show to your math-loving crush, or simply spread those beautiful equations.

That’s it from me for now,

Happy Valentine and may your day be filled with love, today and the upcoming days!

3 Ways How People Unintentionally Nurtured Corruption in Their Governments

Translation: "We pay tax not for YOU!"

Corruption is all the rage today. No country is unrelated to corruption. It is a disgraceful act which makes everyone pay the effects. Weakening economy, poor public facility quality, social and economical gap, and many other.
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Often, people criticize their governments heavily, whether for being unable to fight corruption, or being the source of corruption itself. But, only a few people realize that they also take part in establishing a society where corruption nurtured healthily.
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Internet’s Future: ACTA – Out of Crocodile’s Mouth into a Lion’s

Over the recent months, the internet was in chaos, as netizens all around the world opposed SOPA/PIPA, the bill that would give the US government unprecedented authority to shut down websites without prior notice if the site is “suspected” of conducting a copyright infringement. For reasons explained in the link, SOPA/PIPA are counterproductive and will actually allow for lots of rule-abusing from the people who have power.

Now, with the combined forces of netizens and corporations like Google, WordPress, Wikipedia and many more, SOPA/PIPA were delayed. They’re not dead yet, but it is not that unsafe to assume that this is our victory — at least for now.

However, the recent chaos on SOPA/PIPA reveals a greater and darker secret held by the government… Not just USA, but worldwide. This is no more a thing to made fun of. The fight is not over. Not just for the internet, but also for privacy and freedom of expression.

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