Jul 14, 2016

Singapore Science Festival 2016: Top Picks for Kids

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The annual Singapore Science Festival is back! A celebration of the latest scientific innovations, new technologies, and cutting-edge research, and engineering, the festival will feature a range of exciting hands-on activities, events, workshops, and guest performances... proving that science need not be all that serious.

In fact, it can be awesomely FUN and relatable too... appealing to the minds of young kids who are curious about science. The 2016 edition of the festival, themed “Build Your Smart Future”, aims to spark excitement and curiosity about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the building blocks of a Smart Nation. 

The Festival officially kicks off this weekend, with 2 major events taking place at VivoCity and judging from the preview that I attended, the programme packs more than enough pulling power for parents to head there with their kids!

Here is what to expect:

Dates: 15, 16 and 17 July 2016
Venue: VivoCity Level One, Central Court
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm
Admission: Free
Great for: Families with young children, tertiary students,
science enthusiasts

X-periment!, one of the flagship events of the Festival, begins this Friday and celebrates the important role science plays in the daily lives of Singaporeans. Showcasing the latest developments in science, exhibits include an invisible raincoat, breakthroughs to fight Dengue, supergelators that can clean up oil spills, traffic light controller display, and integrated mapping tools that simulate wind, shadows and other elements to provide urban planners with more information on the impact of their developments.

And if you are there, do NOT miss The Flight Brothers' Science Shows! Hailing from the US-based The Franklin Institute, they will reveal the forces of flight... complete with good-natured fun.

From the dawn of man to the sophistication of modern rocketry, they will jaunt through the ages and introduce you to a few of the important people who have brought us to where we are today.  Topics will include the four forces of flight as well as air pressure, Bernoulli’s principle, and action and reaction. And judging from the preview that I had, things will be go flying in wild ride of science!

The Flight Brothers show times:
15 July – 2.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm
16 & 17 July – 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Science Buskers Festival
Dates: 16 and 17 July 2016
Venue: VivoCity Level One
Time: 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free
Great for: Families with young children, tertiary students, science enthusiasts

Also happening over the 16/17 July weekend at VivoCity is the Science Buskers Festival which combines science with street entertainment, as 34 groups from primary age through to tertiary perform creative and spectacular “show-and-tell” experiments.

Organised as a competition with judging based on audience votes and judges’ scores. Included in the lineup are acts involving potion making, self-made planes, gravity defying tricks and crystallised Christmas trees. The science buskers will perform from 11am to 6pm on 16 and 17 July 2016, with the winners announced between 5pm-6pm on 17 July 2016 at the X-periment! stage at VivoCity.

I had a sneak peek at three of the competing busker acts and I was mightily impressed with the kids' presentation skills and showmanship!

Awesome Scientists
10 year olds Senthilkumar Illakkiya, Nehru Sachin, Lim Yi Chen from Chua Chu Kang Primary School will defy gravity with their inverted glass of water.

Monsters J.R.
11 year olds Rachel Ng and Janieve Goh from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace love think big about science. They’ve got a pepper pool and a mud pool, both of which provide some interesting scenarios.

14 year olds Audrey Teo, Cheyenne Chesney and Darshanaa Veeraputeran from AngloChinese School (International) will demonstrate the magic of science in density and magnetism.

And while you are there, don't forget to pick up a copy of the flyer to collect 2 stamps in order to redeem a FREE gift at the information counter!

Singapore Science Festival 2016 is a fun and colourful way for the young to learn, pique and cultivate an interest in Science. Best of all, admission is FREE for all!

So if you are looking for some exploding science fun this weekend, VivoCity is the place to be.

Have fun with Science this weekend!

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

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