Jul 10, 2015

Top Kids-Friendly Picks of Singapore Science Festival 2015 Worth Going For

Singapore's biggest annual science event is BACK! A celebration of the latest scientific innovations, new technologies, cutting-edge research, and engineering that are relevant to real world issues, Singapore Science Festival (SSF) proves that science need not be all that serious. In fact, it can be awesomely FUN too... so as to appeal to the minds of young kids.

Themed “Changemakers of Science” this year, SSF 2015 will bring families face-to-face with Changemakers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community in a bid to inspire future generations to make a positive difference through science.


From 10 July (TODAY!) to 2 August 2015, SSF 2015 will present everyone with a line-up of more than 50 events and activities! So expect a range of exciting hands-on activities, events, workshops, and guest performances lined up all over Singapore which will bring Science to life in interesting and fun ways.

But with over 50 events and activities taking place over the next few weeks, it can get a little mind-boggling. So here are some of my top recommendations from this year's Singapore Science Festival if you are looking to expose your kids to some exploding science fun over the next four weekends.

X-periment!

X-periment! is a three-day science carnival which celebrates the latest developments and research work in the field of science and technology. Visitors will be greeted with interactive innovations and experiments by local researchers. Watch awe-inspiring Science demonstrations and have fun with hands-on experiments for both kids and families managed by some of Singapore's most outstanding research and tertiary institutions.

There will also be Science Shows by Science Bob from the United States, whose presentations will inspire parents and children to try their hands at being Changemakers through “Random Acts of Science”. Catch Science Bob ‘live’ in action and be enthralled as he demonstrates his popular Film Canister Rocket, Elephant's Toothpaste, and Liquid Nitrogen Cloud experiments! Suitable for all ages! Showtimes at: 10 July 2015 (2.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm), 11 July 2015 (12:30pm, 2.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm) and 12 July 2015 (12:30pm, 2.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm).


Date: 10 - 12 July 2015
Time: 10 &11 July 11am – 8pm | 12 July 11am – 7pm
Venue: VivoCity Level 1, Central Court
Admssion Fee: Free

Science Buskers Festival

Science Buskers Festival is a festival that encompasses the idea of developing the individual's communication skills through expressions of science in creative manners. Organized as a competition, this event serves as an excellent platform to spread key messages relating to the importance of inspiring an interest in science. During the competition, contestants will do a "show-and-tell" on any science topic and judging will be based on audiences 'votes and judges' scores.


Date: 11 & 12 July 20155
Time: 11 July 11.30am - 6pm | 12 July 2015 11.30am - 7.30pm
Venue: VivoCity Level 1, West & East Boulevard & East Court 1
Admission Fee: Free

Maker Faire Singapore 

Maker Faire Singapore is a celebration of the DIY (Do-it-Yourself) culture in Singapore, bringing makers of all ages to showcase their range of fun, creative projects in science, arts, crafts, engineering, electronics and technology. Visitors can attend a series of talks and workshops to find out about the latest happenings in the Maker scene, play with cool projects in the hands on booths, as well as learn how to make their own DIY projects. For more information, please visit www.makerfairesingapore.com.


Date: 11 & 12 July 2015
Time: 11 July 11am - 7pm | 12 July 10am - 6pm
Venue: 15 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529454
Admission Fee: Free
*Register HERE to receive a token upon arrival.            


Transformable Straw Structures Workshop

A giant robot has landed in Vector City! Come and build a Vector City for the robots to explore. Using simple material – straws, we will make almost anything from sky scrapers to aeroplanes and creatures in this epic construction workshop. Curious children are welcome to join and use their fantasy to create all kinds of fantastic shapes.


Date: 14 July 2015
Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Science Centre
*Free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the Science Upstream department at 6425 2591 or email upstream@science.edu.sg.

Animals in the Pink

Ever wondered how animals at the Singapore Zoo are kept in the pink of health? Come experience a behind-the-scenes tour by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, as part of the Singapore Science Festival 2015. Become a Changemaker as you learn about caring for over 16,000 animals at the Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari! Catch a vet in action as you peek into the treatment and post-mortem rooms at the world-class animal hospital at the Wildlife Healthcare & Research Centre. You will also get a chance to step into the Central Kitchen – one of the largest in Singapore – and be amazed as you watch how chefs prepare nutritional meals for the animals.


Date: 18 July 2015
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Tickets: Adult: $43 | Child: $32 | Zoo membership card holder: $11
*To register, please email to haniman.b@wrs.com.sg. Registration closes on 13 July 2015.

Brain Fest

A virus was stolen and modified, turning people into zombies. Luckily, Professor X left clues to find the vaccine. Solve puzzles to find the vaccine before you turn into a zombie!


In this inaugural Brain Fest, put your observation, communication and problem solving skills to the test and go on an exciting, challenging and educational mass escape game experience! Through puzzles that revolve around the human brain, learn about the most complex organ in your body and how it works!


Date: 25 & 26 July 2015 (Public)
Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Science Centre
Admission Fee: Free (Activities for Brain Fest are free. Science Centre admission fee applies)


AND to make it more fun for the kiddos, they will be able to grab a copy of the Changemaker’s Journal and collect 4 Changemaker badges!


Become a Joy Maker who puts smiles on people’s faces through fun performances that explain how science works. Learn how at the Science Buskers Festival.

Make yourself a Dream Maker by showcasing your love for DIY and encouraging others to build upon their own ideas. You’ll love it at Maker Faire Singapore!

Step up and be a Future Maker who uses research findings and cutting-edge innovations to advance life, just like our local scientists at X-periment!

Aspire to the role of a Vision Maker, by envisioning the extraordinary from simple everyday objects. This year’s Star Lecture will show you the way.


Visit the three key events (a to c) and one other event at Singapore Science Festival to get your Changemaker’s Journal and collect the following badges:

a. Future Makers of Science badge from X-periment!
b. Joy Makers of Science badge from Science Buskers Festival
c. Dream Makers of Science badge from Maker Faire Singapore
d. Changemakers of Science badge from any other event

Complete your badge collection by filling in your journal entries and presenting it at each key event’s Registration Counter to collect your event badge!

HAVE FUN!


For more information on more programmes and activities, visit Singapore Science Festival 2015's website at www.sciencefest.sg.


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2 comments :

Bumble Bee Mum said...

Thank you for sharing this on Family Fun Friday! I wonder if my kids are too young for these activities.. Maker Faire looks promising though.

Kelvin Ang said...

No problem! :)
I think some of the shows should be suitable!

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