Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze is one our favourite activities within Science Centre Singapore.
Wandering around Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze
Upon entering into the attraction, pick up a foam pool noodle – it will be your aid as you navigate your way though the maze.
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Inside, it is as if you have stepped into a kaleidoscope. Each wall is mirrored and set at an angle. This creates the illusion of endless passages stretching out into oblivion.
This is where the pool noodle comes in. Wave it around as you advance, as if fighting an invisible foe. If it hits a mirror, you know not to walk down that passageway.
The Professor’s Laboratory
The story behind Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze is that the maze is the Professor’s laboratory. His pet parrot, Wattnot, has gotten lost within the maze.
As you wander through the endless corridors, you will understand how easy it is to get lost in the maze.
But do also take the time to admire how pretty the maze is.
The mirrors reflect and create beautiful patterns while the lighting’s changing colours create different atmospheres with each changing hue.
Science of Colours
Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze is a fun way to experience the magic of colours. And there is some science behind it too.
Eventually, when you have wandered around enough, you will end up in rooms where the science of colours get illuminated.
At the Dynamic Chromatologic Shadow Splitter room, what looks like white light at first is actually made up of three coloured lights. The red, blue and green lights combine together to create a single white light source.
Stand at the centre of the room to see the three coloured lights cast different coloured shadows. Or try blocking one of the lights to discover what effect it creates.
Another setup consists of a plastic layer sandwiched between two polarising filters. By applying stress to the plastic, you can see the colours change at different parts of the setup.
Eventually, you will be able to find your way out of Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze. By then, you would have had a fun time, and hopefully learnt something new and interesting about colours and light too!
Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze is located at Hall A of Science Centre Singapore.
If you enjoy experimenting with science, do remember to stop by the Tinkering Studio while at Science Centre Singapore. You will also pass by the maze if you’re on the way to the Waterworks.