With the theme, You Can be a Rock Star with Science, the Singapore Science Festival is back from 18 July to 3 August 2014. Over the two-week Festival, students, families and the public will have the chance to discover more about Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) as scientists, researchers and enthusiasts showcase their pursuits in full “rock star” glory.
The annual Festival, now into its 14th year, celebrates the role scientists play in making a difference to the world around us. Taking Science out of the labs and to the public, it presents an opportunity for kids to gain a closer look at Science and to stoke their interest in the subject.
“An interest in science and education played a major role in changing my life. As such, igniting the spark of interest in science and technology is a topic close to my heart. At the same time, I’m a strong believer that the future of Singapore is very much dependent on its citizens embracing STEM at all levels. This year’s SSF revamps the way we look at scientists today – whether they are celebrities, citizen scientists, budding scientists or established ones – and reinforces the fact that science is fun and fulfilling”, said A/P Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.
Organised by Science Centre Singapore and A*STAR, the Singapore Science Festival comprises various events and activities being held around Singapore. Over 50 partner organisations, including ArtScience Museum, National Heritage Board, Resorts World Sentosa and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, are involved in the Festival’s programmes and activities.
Here are some Festival highlights that may be of interest to young children, particularly those in Primary School.
X-periment! Carnival (18 to 20 July)
NIGHT FESTIVAL!: A Rundown of All the Light Sculptures You Can See
Returning to Marina Square is X-periment, a three-day science carnival where visitors can view demonstrations of innovative technologies and take part in hands-on experiments.
Rock Star Scientists from A*STAR.
Sea Stars from S.E.A. Aquarium.
The Dancing Scientist (18 to 22 July)
Performing at X-periment! (18 to 20 July), and at the Science Centre Singapore (21 and 22 July), is The Dancing Scientist, Jeffrey Vinokur. A science educator from the US, his show, “So You Think You Know Science”, combines hip-hop dance with live science demonstrations for a fun and memorable time.
The Dancing Scientist, Jeffrey Vinokur.
Singapore Mini Maker Faire (26 to 27 July)
Celebrating the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture here in Singapore, the Singapore Mini Maker Faire showcases fun and creative projects by the local DIY community. Visitors who pre-register online receive an exclusive Maker Kit upon arrival.
A DIY Juggling Club made by performers from Bornfire Singapore.
Science Buskers Festival (2 to 3 August)
Get entertained by science buskers as they put up “show-and-tells” about their favourite science topics in creative and interesting ways to win votes.
Rhys Thomas’ Science Circus (25 to 28 July)
The “Circus” comes to the Science Centre with Rhys Thomas’ Science Circus. This science show blends comedy, circus tricks for an educational experience.
Rhys Thomas’ Science Circus.
Other partner programmes taking place during the Singapore Science Festival include S.E.A. Aquarium’s Ocean Dreams Sleepover, Junior Marine Explorer and Feeding Frenzy Trail, Underwater World Singapore’s Living in the Ocean Sleepover programme, Wildlife Reserves’ Fishy Business and Be a Panda Researcher programmes.
Also, be sure to look out for Sidewalk Astronomy sessions taking place on 1 August across Singapore where you can view the planets and stars through telescopes and 11 3D Giant Cardboard Dinosaur Displays lurking around the island.
For more information on the Singapore Science Festival 2014 and its events, visit their website at www.sciencefest.sg
Download Little Day Out’s Printable Guide to the Singapore Science Fesitval 2014 for younger kids.