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Fun activities for kids: Guide to Singapore Science Festival 2015

By: Arman Shah

Celebrate the dynamism of science and technology at this annual event that inculcates the love of learning and discovery in kids.

Science is cool. Coupled with the wonders of modern technology, it has not only flown an actual robot to Mars, but also remedied diseases once deemed incurable by Man. If you want your kid to develop a passion for this dynamic field of study, bring the little one to the Singapore Science Festival between 10 July and 2 August 2015. Themed “Changemakers of Science”, this annual event will inculcate the love of learning and discovery in your child through its many exciting showcases and activities. Arman Shah highlights five (of many) events that the whole family can look forward to at the festival.

 

Have hands-on fun with the different innovations at the various X-periment booths. (Picture credit: Singapore Science Festival) 

X-periment
Suitable for both kids and adults, this three-day science carnival celebrates the progress of local researchers in the field of science and technology. The whole family can have hands-on fun with the various innovations on display, including Chorus Text, a device which may enable the visually-impaired to communicate via text messages in the future.

  • 10-12 July 2015

  • VivoCity, Level 1, Central Court

  • Free entry

 

Science Bob teaching TV personality Jimmy Kimmel a thing or two about science. (Picture credit: Science Bob) 

Science Shows by Science Bob
Science Bob has been exploring the world of science with thousands of students in America as a science teacher, author, innovator and presenter. His engaging presentations have inspired countless to try and make positive changes in their environment through random acts of science. Now, you and your kids can witness his popular Film Canister Rocket and Liquid Nitrogen Cloud demonstrations first hand – the latter actually forms a huge mushroom cloud indoors!

  • 10-12 July 2015

  • VivoCity, Level 1, Central Court

  • Free entry

 

Participants of all ages showcase their DIY innovations at Maker Faire. (Picture credit: Singapore Science Festival) 

Maker Faire Singapore
Celebrating the do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, Maker Faire Singapore sees innovators of all ages coming together to exhibit their projects in science, technology, electronics, engineering and the arts. The whole family can attend the series of scheduled talks and workshops to learn more about these different ideas at the various interactive booths. You might even learn a thing or two about starting your own DIY project!

  • 11-12 July 2015

  • 11 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529454

  • Free entry

 

Contestants are required to busk for the public’s vote during the Science Buskers Festival. (Picture credit: Singapore Science Festival) 

Science Buskers Festival
This explores the idea of using science in creative ways to develop one’s communication skills. Adopting a competition format, participants are required to don elaborate get-ups and busk for the public’s vote. You’ll have fun earning yours, for sure!

  • 11-12 July 2015
  • VivoCity, Level 1, East and West Boulevard Atrium
  • Free entry

 

Professor Danielle George demonstrating how great inventions can be transform into different things. (Picture credit: The Royal Institution) 

STAR Lecture
Titled “Sparks Will Fly: How to Hack Your Home”, Professor Danielle George from the University of Manchester will take three great inventions – a light bulb, telephone and motor – and demonstrate how to adapt and transform them into extraordinary things. The show will be staged live and televised on MediaCorp 5. 

  • 22-24 July 2015
  • MediaCorp TV Theatre, Caldecott Broadcast Centre, 12 Andrew Road
  • Free for pre-registered school groups
  • $10 for members of the public
  • Pre-registration required; click here.

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