Aug 11, 2017

5 Highlights at one-north Festival 2017 for Families

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Drawing without a pencil? Editing your own DNA? Creating a key chain using metal stamping? Or how about making your own robots or drones?

Science and technology need not be all geeky and intimidating. In fact, it can be so very fun for the entire family... which is what the upcoming one-north Festival on 18 and 19 August 2017 is all about!

Taking place at the Biopolis @ one-north from 11am to 6pm on both days (18 & 19 August), the festival is jointly organised by  Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and JTC, and supported by Science Centre Singapore and Mediacorp. The festival is anything but intimidating, going by the sheer number of workshops, tours, open houses and interactive activities that will be taking place.

A celebration of research, innovation, creativity, and enterprise, visitors can expect to hear from and interact with scientists, innovators, media creators and entrepreneurs. Families can discover what it is that inspires them and how a passion for science, technology, creativity and enterprise is pioneering an innovation future for all. 

Here are FIVE highlights NOT TO BE MISSED. And yes, they are ALL FREE!

one-north Festival Exhibition

Experience over 50 interactive displays featuring the latest innovations for Future Health, Future Living and Future Work discovered and made in Singapore and beyond. Innovators from A*STAR, the universities, industry and more will bring you the latest breakthroughs which shape and transform our lives.

Here, families can experience a soft material 3D bio-printer which can be used for organ printing and watch light displays that use LEDs to transfer data at high speeds. But more interestingly for kids, they get to interact with and control a collaborative robot to see how it responds to verbal commands and finger gestures and using Augmented Reality (AR)!. I think my monkies will love these!

Hands-on Workshops

For those wishing for a more in-depth experience, workshops allow for extended interactions that will provide hands-on engagement on a specific scientific or artistic topic. The good news is there are plenty of workshops at this year's festival. The bad news? All except ONE workshop are fully booked:

Dates & Times: 18 Aug (2.30pm & 3.30pm) | 19 Aug (1.30pm & 2.30pm)

There are many ways with which we can do excellent drawings. However, using simple tools like 2B pencil or other conventional materials for convenience may result in stereotypical images. To develop curiosity and a creative spirit which is required in both art and science, participants are invited to go out of their comfort zones, experience making drawings using different tools and materials, and discover hidden drawing possibilities and qualities through various processes. Participants are encouraged to free their mind and have fun with these "drawings"!

Dates & Times: 18 Aug (2pm)

This fun and interactive workshop utilises hands-on activities to give participants insights into how emotions and behaviours affect the braind and how scientists learn about brain functioning and behaviour in the lab. 

*Do note that limited slots available. So if you are interested, do register now at now!

Crazy Paint Science Show by Prof Alex Van Herk 

If you only have time for one show, this will be it. Nothing like learning about cool paints and chemicals at a ‘Crazy Paint’ science show!

DJ for a Day with 987FM

Be a DJ for a day at the one-north Festival DJ101 booth. Who knows, you may just hear your sound clip being shared on 987 social media platforms!

RACE.EAT.PLAY: Future Food Street

Food can be  geeky too! Have your selfie printed on your coffee, or try out the latest raw food culinary concepts. Explore the Future Food Street where the trendiest food will be on show! Don’t forget to also spectate at the SoapBox Race as the inaugural Soapbox Race Champion of one-north will be crowned then! Find out more at

On top of all these, there are also more than 40 FREE Public Talks featuring experts from different fields scheduled over the 2 days! Hear directly from scientists, innovators and media creators on the latest breakthrough inventions and future possibilities that will impact our lives. Register via HERE.

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If you are planning to find out how to ace the PSLE Science paper, I can guarantee you will not find your answer at the festival. But if you are looking to see how science and technology can transform our ways in ways we never imagined... and let the kids get involve through experiential learning, then the many activities at one-north Festival 2017 will more than serve their purpose. 

Because one thing is evident - science need not be intimidating. In fact, it can be extremely fun and simple enough for all ages to understand!

Useful Information

one-north Festival 2017
Dates: 18 & 19 August 2017
Time: 11am - 6pm
Venue: BIOPOLIS @ one-north (see details HERE)
Admission: FREE

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