The two boys have been increasingly fascinated with the world of science lately, to the extent of nagging the wifey and I to bring them down to the Science Centre during this March School Holidays. Of course, we were more than happy to cave in to their request but that's a blog post for another day.
Because if you are pressed for time, Science Centre Singapore will be bringing a snippet of its many exhibits, science performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities to a shopping mall near you! In conjunction with Earth Hour and the March School Holidays, Parkway Parade has partnered Science Centre to share the joys of science through its ever-popular biannual event - Science in the Mall.
This year’s theme, X-ploring The World of Energy, promises an entertaining and informative science carnival that will highlight the many interesting aspects of science connected to energy.
Unsurprisingly, the boys were visibly excited when told we would be making a trip down to the exhibition.
The most effective form of learning is always hands-on based and the science exhibition doesn't disappoint. Through various interactive exhibits, both Ash & Ayd were able to learn more about the different forms of energy, ranging from the likes of kinetic, potential, chemical, sound and heat energies.
Exhibits include a merry-go-round, basketball challenge, using sound energy to make a straw move, and a giant pendulum swing!
The boys also had the chance to flex their arm muscles and crank up three dynamos which were each connected to a different light source - LED light strips, compact fluorescent bulbs and incandescent bulbs. Through this activity, they learnt how much energy is required to power up the various light sources.
And if the kids are still in want of more hands-on activities, they can take part in the 30-minute workshop session where they will get choose to make a customized toy - Paper Catapult, Magnetic Pendulum or Shaking Gorilla - based on three different themes. (Details of the workshop are at the end of this post.)
Still need more time to do your shopping? Then keep the kids entertained with the Science Shows and Stage Games while you head off to use up some energy of your own.
So go ahead , convert the kids' potential energy to kinetic energy this school holidays at Science Centre's Science in the Mall - X-ploring the World of Energy exhibition. But be sure to hurry - the event ends this Sunday, 24th March 2013!
Science in the Mall – X-ploring the World of Energy!
Date: 16 – 24 March 2013
Venue: Parkway Parade, Basement Atrium
Time: 11am – 9pm daily
The Amazing World of Energy Exhibits: 11am – 9pm daily
Stage Games: 1.00pm, 4.00pm and 7.00pm (daily)
Science Show: 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm (only on 22, 23 & 24 March 2013)
Hands-on Workshops: 11.00am – 9.00pm (daily)
Shopper(s) with a minimum spend of $80 (max3 same day receipts) are eligible to register one child for any one of the three workshops available. Each workshop is guided by a facilitator and children will learn how to build thematic science toys from the workshop. Each child will also receive an activity booklet that explains the science behind each exhibit and retailers vouchers.
Parkway Parade Junior Club members get to attend one workshop FREE of charge! Limited to 5 members per session, one child is only eligible to register for one FREE workshop.
Each session is about 30 minutes and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.