Have you always been curious, imaginative and loves to tinker with things? Why not think about how we can apply all these to change and make something better? “Changemaker of Science” is the theme of this year’s Singapore Science Festival, and we look at how science can be used to transform and improve lives.
Inevitably, inquiring, imagining, and inventing are part and parcel of the process, to be a Changemaker of Science. So, jump right in and be inspired on how you can play a role in the transformation of our future.
You may have followed our Science Festival website and Facebook Page and saw the wide array of events we will be holding. Have you figured out which are the events to check out and which are the activities to do? Here are some recommendations:-
1) Visit the core events
- X-periment! (10 – 12 July, VivoCity, Level 1, Central Court)
– It’s not every day that you get to interact with actual researchers! Join in this three-day science carnival where researchers showcases interactive innovations, technology and hands-on activities. Speak with them, find out about their showcases and how their work transform lives! Students would find this an enriching experience, while families can similarly be as engaged as there will be plenty of programme for visitors of all ages.
- Maker Faire Singapore (11 – 12 July, 15 Tampines Street 11)
– You can’t miss this if you are a hands-on person. Coming into the fourth year in Singapore, this will be our largest scale ever as we become a featured Maker Faire for the first time! Come meet like-minded hobbyists, scientists, engineers, creative artists and crafters who will be either showcasing their DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects at booths, talking about them in presentation sessions or sharing how to do them in workshops. There are also forums by interesting speakers and several community projects that you can join in during these two days!
- Science Buskers Festival (11 July, VivoCity, Level 1, West & East Boulevard & East Court 1)
– A festival cum competition where individuals communicate science through creative busking ways! During the competition, participants will also be busking for the public’s vote!
2) Watch the Science Shows by Science Bob, USA (10 – 12 July, VivoCity, Level 1, Central Court)
This will actually be another reason why you need to go down to X-periment! When you search online for science experiment ideas or videos, Science Bob will likely be on the first page of the search results. I personally remember him most for the Exploding Pumpkins and Elephant’s Toothpaste demonstrations. If you haven’t already done so, try it and have a sneak preview of his science shows.
Bob who is from the United States of America, is an elementary science teacher, author, maker and presenter. His presentations have been viewed by many and has inspired many as well. If you have been following him online, isn’t it great that you can now catch him “live” in action at X-periment! as he demonstrates his popular experiments?
Don’t forget the check the show timings on the Science Festival website though! There are 3-4 show timings a day!
3) Listen to Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media at “Making in Education” forum (11 July, 3 – 5pm, 15 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 529454)
For fans of the MAKE magazine and Maker Faire, you wouldn’t want to miss this. Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media that is behind the MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire, will be joining other eminent speakers at the “Making in Education” forum to discuss how the Maker Movement can play a role in empowering young children to create. This is definitely another “first” for Maker Faire Singapore!
4) Sidewalk Astronomy (10 July, 8 – 10pm, VivoCity, Sky Park)
Love stargazing and haven’t made it to any of the Science Centre Singapore’s Friday stargazing sessions?
Drop by VivoCity on 10 July evening and discover the wonders of the night sky when viewed through a telescope!
5) STAR Lecture (Ticketed screening for 22 – 24 July/ MediaCorp 5 broadcast in October 2015)
The STAR Lecture, titled “Sparks Will Fly: How to Hack Your Home”, will be brought to you by Prof Danielle George, University of Manchester (Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Professor in the Microwave and Communications Systems Research Group).
Be amazed at how she takes three great inventions – a light bulb, a telephone and a motor – and show you how to adapt and transform them to do extraordinary things!
If you are interested in watching it live, $10 tickets (by pre-registration) are available on sale for members of public while school groups can pre-register to view it free-of-charge. Otherwise, stay tuned for the broadcast on MediaCorp 5!
6) Collect the Changemaker’s badges
The Singapore Science Festival this year introduces a series of 4 Changemaker badges for collection at each of the three key events (See top of the list), and one from any other event.
Just pick up a Changemaker’s Journal at one of these events, fill in your journal entries and present them at the event’s registration counter to collect your badge!
Join in the fun and collect all four of them!
Suggested itinerary for 10 – 12 July:-
10 July – X-periment!, Science Bob Science Shows & Sidewalk Astronomy at VivoCity
11 July – Science Buskers at VivoCity & “Making in Education” Forum, Maker Faire Singapore at Tampines (Shuttle bus services are provided from VivoCity to Maker Faire Singapore every hour!)
12 July – X-periment! or Maker Faire Singapore (Yes, it’s worth returning because there are plenty of workshops, presentations, forums to check out, not to forget over 200 booths!)