The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Thursday, May 29, 2008

A day in the chemistry lab.

What does Ainan do at Singapore Polytechnic? Well, today he prepared tris(2, 4 pentanedionato)chromium (III).

The details of what he did to make it are not the subject of this post, what is, is a glimpse at the skills he is developing in working at SP. Firstly, before the laboratory session, he has a series of questions to answer in preparation. These are written down and handed in to be marked. There are matters to be explained, problems to be solved, situations to be examined, in these questions. There are also structures to be drawn. The skills acquired in doing them, are basically those of the theoretical side of chemistry. Then, there is the lab class, in which Ainan performs the experimental manipulations needed to synthesize the target material. This allows him to learn classical chemical techniques - the how of making chemicals in a lab. The results are recorded and handed in to be marked. Then, there is the lecture component of the class in which the lecturer delves into the deeper chemical issues in and around the substance of the day.

In all, I would say that the work at Singapore Polytechnic offers a good grounding in Chemistry, particularly in how to actually do it, rather than just sit around and talk about it.

Ainan is enjoying his time at Singapore Polytechnic - and is looking forward to expanding his studies into other areas in the coming semester.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 11:32 PM 


Blogger Miao said...

Glad to hear that Ainan is gleaning a lot from his lessons!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Yes, Miao, he is becoming familiar with a wide range of chemical techniques - which is a lot better than just reading about them. He is happy.

Kind regards

11:49 AM  

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