By Jediel Yew
KidsSTOP is an edutainment centre that aims to engage children from pre-school to lower primary school and expose them to science at a young age.
The four exhibition galleries, Imagine, Experience, Discover, and Dream, aim to show the application of science in our everyday lives, through hands-on activities and programmes!
I got the chance to pay KidsSTOP a visit this week (yes, I might be a little overage), but the many displays and stations still piqued my interest. Below are some of the eye-catching stations that I would like to share with you!
The Dino Pit teaches children the names and types of dinosaurs that walked the earth thousands of years ago through stunning and interactive visuals! Did you know that the heart of a Brachioasaurus is estimated to weigh 200kg? It being such a gargantuan creature, it definitely needed a big heart to efficiently transport blood and nutrients throughout its body!
The Dino Pit also serves to culture interest in budding paleontologists as they get to excavate dinosaur skulls from the sand using various digging tools. Here I learnt that a T-rex skull can grow up to 1.45m in length!
The Ocean Buddies station is one of KidsSTOP newest programmes. Here is a photo I took of one of the science educators teaching the kids the importance of marine conservation at the Ocean Buddies station. She makes use of interactive displays and infographics to aid in their understanding of the negative impacts that our actions have on the environment and what it takes to alleviate such consequences. For example, the plastic bags that we litter in the ocean often ends up being mistaken for jellyfish and are often even swallowed by sea turtles!
Children hard at work with their parents on some hands-on activities during the marine conservation programme!
A photo of the Cafe, where kids can try on different kid-sized work outfits and indulge into role-play as cafe chefs, street vendors and cashiers! The various miniature counters and kitchen models are sure to keep your child busy playing and learning!
A shelf of plastic fruits and vegetables that you typically find at the supermarket. In my opinion, I felt that this station really helped kids to learn to identify the different types of fruits and vegetables, and the types of spices that can be used for cooking! In addition, kids can also learn about food nutrition and how to lead a healthy lifestyle through educational diagrams and pictures on the walls.
Last but not least, the human system! As a fan of science myself, I love how the station encompasses facts about the various human systems like where the different organs are located and why they are so vital in keeping us alive! The life-sized models on display are also very interesting!
In short, KidsSTOP is a wonderful place for children of all age groups to step into an imaginary world and embark on an exciting and inspiring journey of discovery! To find out more, visit their website at http://www.kidsstop.edu.sg/
Jediel Yew is a student at raffles institution, who was interning at Science Centre for two weeks in August 2016.