A dismantling affair

About a month ago, the Maker Faire Singapore team organised a Pop Up Maker Space at the Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) held in Science Centre Singapore. The audience are participants of the SSEF. One of the station masters, Meenakshi, wrote a blog post at the Maker Faire Singapore website on the activities that took place, and her station activities. Below is an extract of her description of her station activity.

Extracts from “Pop Up Maker Space at SSEF, Maker Faire Singapore” website
The activity that we conducted was making microscopes out of laser pointers. Three easy steps:

1. Dismantle the laser pointers
2. Take the lens out
3. Attach the lens to your phone camera using a transparent tape or poke a hole through a foam sheet, fit the lens into the hole and then attach the lens to your phone camera

Did you know that grey ink that we see on a printed paper is actually made up of white dots on a black background?

Did you know that grey ink that we see on a printed paper is actually made up of white dots on a black background?

Microscopic view of a tea bag

Microscopic view of a tea bag

That isn't his blister, it's just his skin

That isn’t his blister, it’s just his skin

Mass destrcution of laser pointers ><

Mass destruction of laser pointers 😛

The research students aged between 16 to 18, being so interested in Making such things, instead of saying that “All these can be bought isn’t it? Why bother Making?” shows that Singaporean youths embrace/have started embracing Making. The fact that they enjoyed the Pop up Maker Space was evident from the never-ending crowd and the excitement on their faces.

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Looks like such tinkering (the step of taking apart the laser pointers) and making (putting the parts together to make the phone microscopes) activities are slowly gaining traction! Keen to be part of the growing Maker Movement in Singapore? Tune in to http://makerfairesingapore.com for information on the Maker Faire Singapore (11 & 12 July) and other upcoming events!

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