GreenNYP2017 - Mar
By NYP ISO 14000 Committee
Published on 21 Mar 2017
Vegetables in greenhouses can now grow better, faster and cheaper with a breakthrough innovation, thanks to a team of researchers from Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Engineering (SEG). They have developed Nano Glo-n-Grow, a nano-coated film, which could speed up plant growth in greenhouses by up to 40 per cent! The film can convert sunlight into red and blue wavelengths - the primary types of light needed to grow plants. The new technology does not require electricity and is more sustainable and cheaper than the current methods of using red and blue LED lights in greenhouses.
This technology was tested in NATURE, an eco-friendly vertical farming greenhouse located on the 4th level at Block R. This greenhouse uses rotating and self-watering planting beds that operate on low-power and water-saving principles. The facility is used for multi-disciplinary research, teaching and learning by various NYP Schools.
Using this technology, NYP has successfully grown and harvested vegetables like lettuce, kale, wild rocket and coriander that are taller and have larger leaves. These vegetables are also harvested for use in NYP’s very own training restaurant, L’Rez, which is run by our Food & Beverage Business students.
SEG's deputy director Dr Choo Keng Wah said: "This technology and its application would enhance the productivity and efficiency of Singapore's farms, and even provide solutions for the entire world. It does not require electricity to boost plant growth, and could also be a new growth area for supporting industries."
Final-year SEG students Chng Joe Hui and Zoey Goh from the Diploma in Nanotechnology & Materials Science, together with the principal investigator (PI) Dr Hannah Gardner, and co-PI, Dr Leonard Loh, were involved in the development of this technology. The idea was conceived early last year, when local glass-maker Singapore Safety Glass and NYP came together to work on a material that can improve agricultural productivity.
Light installations are taking centre stage again at the waterfront with iLight Marina Bay. Among the 20 fantastical pieces on show is the artwork called Ataraxia, by NYP’s School of Interactive & Digital Media (SIDM). It was created by 12 second and third year Diploma in Interaction Design students.
Held since 2010, i Light Marina Bay features installations by artists from both Singapore and around the world. Installed around the waterfront, the installations use energy-saving lighting or environmentally-friendly materials to reinforce Marina Bay's position as a sustainable precinct - and acts as gentle reminder for visitors to adopt sustainable habits in their everyday lives.
The NYP team was led by final-year student Alexandra Ng Esien. She conceptualised the ideas for the artwork, in line with the festival's theme of Light and Nature.
The students used 6,500 LED lights on five acrylic structures that look like mini trees. Visitors can spin the structures to make the lights change colour.
The interaction doesn't end there! When visitors scan specific markers on the installation - via an Augmented Reality (AR) app the team created - they will see cute animated characters literally pop out from the installation on their mobile phones.
The team is also bringing out the sustainability message by harvesting wind power at the Bay to charge a power bank, which in turn, powers up some of the lights in their artwork.
Do check out the NYP installation located next to the Marina Bay City Gallery, opposite the Marina Bay Financial Centre. The festival runs from March 3 to 26 (7.30pm to 11pm) at the Marina Bay Waterfront.
The run will include sustainable options for the hydration station and race packs, as well as plantable medals. This will be Singapore’s first sustainable marathon, taking into account total carbon footprint, use of plastics and waste management. You can support this event by registering for the race here. All participants will also get to choose an environmental cause to run support. This cause can aim to save our forests, oceans or wildlife.
NYP has supported Earth Hour since 2008 by turning off all non-essential lights in campus for an hour during this day. This year, NYP will be turning off its lights on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8.30 pm to 9.30pm.
All staff and students are highly encouraged to adopt this initiative at home. You can also join the movement online and do your part to #ChangeClimateChange.
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Our students played a part in adding to the festive atmosphere of 'Trees of the World' - a month-long Christmas event launched by the National Parks Board on Nov 29, 2016. Students from the Ambassadorial Team, the NYAA Students Club and the Community Service Club spent a rainy afternoon at Botanic Gardens decorating local conical tree #147, located near the park's iconic bandstand.
The tree was one of the 200 trees planted and adopted by a range of organisations. Besides festive lights, the students also adorned the tree with shrink art plastic pieces that carried their diploma names, CCAs, inspirational quotes and values that mattered to them.
The trees were placed along a 2 km stretch from the Nassim Gate Visitor Centre to the Heritage Core at Tanglin Gate. They were decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments, transforming the Gardens into a magical wonderland.
In support of Singapore World Water Day in March, our student leaders from the GEO Council and the Youth Expedition Project (Bintan) will lead student volunteers on a public outreach programme at Kallang River at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
The students will reach out to park-goers to share with them water-saving tips and insights into the unique bioengineering techniques used to transform a concrete canal into a naturalised river at the Bishan - Ang Mo Kio Park.
Besides advocacy, the students will also conduct a water usage survey with park goers, and run an education programme with pre-schoolers using colouring worksheets.
Students from Hougang, Anderson and Yishun Secondary have also been invited to join NYP in this activity.
Apart from this programme, Geo Council has also planned to conduct various outreach and clean-up programmes in April, May and June.
These activities are also part of Geo Council’s efforts to celebrate NYP’s 25th Anniversary this year.
Our Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) students recently proved their grasp of the LifeSkills module by developing solutions to address a range of common problems.They worked in small teams to brainstorm ideas and solutions which developed their leadership and organisational skills, while cultivating their team spirit.
On Feb 1, 2017, our students proudly displayed their projects at the atrium. They developed solutions like a Marker and Duster Box to prevent theft of teaching materials, and a New and Improved Trolley to create a more hygienic way of collecting dirty plates and utensils at food outlets.
One team also created Eco-aster, a brand of coasters, made entirely from recycled paper, in an effort to reduce paper wastage.