2015 Winter Living Experience Camp
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The 2015 Winter Living Experience Camp was held from February 9 to 13 for five days four nights with the participation of 12 interns. The Camp was organized around the themes – music composition, culinary skill and everyday applications. The founder of the indie band 7 Shekels, Mr. Su Yu-hsiu, was especially invited to speak on music composition. Mr. Su is currently a music producer who has released over 15 gospel albums. During his session at the Camp, he began by introducing the difference between sound and music. Then he encouraged the interns to use various props around them to make rhythmic and repetitive beats together. Finally, he taught the interns to divide themselves into different harmony parts for an improvised performance. With the addition of an electronic keyboard and professional microphone recording, the classroom instantly turned into a recording studio. The interns also learned to compose music and write lyrics by tapping into their imagination. ARF knowledge keeper Ms. Yeh Jiuan-reng gave the interns further opportunity to use their creativity by using musical instruments for improvised performances in small groups.
For culinary skill and everyday applications, various experts were invited to teach the interns. Ms. Lu Ming-yun taught the interns to knead dough and add the right ingredients to cook nutritional and tasty dough-drop soup. She also taught them to make delicious seafood pancake, and simple yet delectable sweet dessert soup made with fresh taro and sweet potato. Mr. Li Meng-hsueh taught the interns to use Excel to create graphical and statistical analysis of data in everyday life. Mr. Tsai Ming-fei introduced the applications of mechanics in everyday life and conducted load testing by assembling a bridge using popsicle sticks. Mr. Lin Wen-hung taught the interns about media manipulation and news accuracy through video presentation. Ms. Li Yi-chin introduced the functions of various flowers and herbs, and allowed the interns to concoct their favorite teas to share with everyone. Finally, Mr. Chuang Zhen-hao let the interns observe the stars and reinforced their knowledge of winter stars by blending in stories of the constellations.
A series of group activities was also organized during the breaks between courses. There were fun and interesting exercises every morning. On the second and fourth evening, interns participated in the "Wormhole Bookish Assembly". Not only were there live reports by knowledge keepers, the interns also listened to book reports through videoconferencing. On the last day of the activity, the counselors graded each intern based on their test scores, class assignments and tidiness of their rooms. Finally, three interns with the highest scores were awarded prizes as encouragement. Finally, everyone bid farewell to each other and looking forward to the next Camp.