Playing with Optics

By Shah Kasmuri, Science Educator @ The Tinkering Studio, Science Centre Singapore. They say seeing is believing. But can we really trust what we see? Long before scientists were studying the properties of neutrons, artists had devised a series of techniques to deceive the brain into thinking that a person can be sawed in half,…

Sounds like a Bright Idea! 

By Aminah Hydar, Benjamin Wong and Chen Siyu of Broadrick Secondary School  Imagine waking up one day with limited electricity, reserved only for powering essential appliances at home, in schools and in offices. No more watching television, charging our phones and gadgets, using our computers, or even turning on the air-conditioner on a warm day. Seems unlikely? Well, if we are not careful about how we consume electricity,…

Local Asian Herbs

By Ajuntha Anwari Blue Rice Memory As a child I recall eating a delicious dish at a restaurant in Geylang Serai together with my family. It was a delicious rice dish that gripped my young imagination because the rice was coloured blue! I later learnt that the blue colour came from the blue pea vine…

It’s Showtime!

By Grace Quah and Danny My experience in Science Centre’s annual science busking festival was definitely one of the highlights of my life! It was a great exercise in mindfulness – of my science communication abilities, not only at the performance stage but during the preparations too. Let me briefly share some of the significant…

Looking back at my journey…

By Paula Nazarene Evangelista Say How it all began Enthralled by forensic science since young, I would spend entire afternoons fiddling with those fascinating big, blue injection-like things and tasty-looking agar with holes which turned out to be micropipettes and agarose for gel electrophoresis respectively. Little did I know that that a DNA analysis workshop…

Show You Can! 2017

Written by Fatin Afiqah Lights! Camera! Action! For the second year running, KidsSTOP held its ‘Show You Can!’ creative drama competition at the Marquee in Science Centre Singapore from 12-13 Jul (Auditions) and on 27 Jul 2017 (Finals). Themed, ‘Happy, Healthy Me!’, the Competition featured 11 teams which showed creative ways of leading a healthy…

Grooming tomorrow’s innovators today!

Written by Swapna Haresh Young Scientists Smartly attired in their personalised lab coats, 36 Primary School students presented their Science projects to visitors at the Marquee in Science Centre Singapore on a bright Sat morning on 12 Aug 2017. The entire room was abuzz with all the excited chatter and enthusiasm of the students and visitors alike!…

They’re Coming… Are You Ready?

Written by: Benedict Tham, Dexter Lim and Danny Shakespeare once said, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Jointly presented to you by National Geographic and the OmniTheatre Singapore, Robots takes you on an amazing journey into the revolutionary world of humanoid robots. Let’s…

New Look, New Perspective!

Written by: Benedict Tham, Dexter Lim and Danny The Mind’s Eye Exhibition is back! Bigger and Better. Double the excitement, double the fun. This exhibition on illusions and human perception features familiar favourites like the Mirror Maze as well as some brand new additions! Don’t miss these top 5 highlights when you check out the exhibition…

Fun with the Sun!

Written by Ong Shu Yi Summer Solstice? When? How? Summer solstice happens on 21 June 2017. The summer solstice occurs due to the Earth’s tilt as it orbits around the sun. On this day, the Earth’s north pole will point more towards the Sun than at any time of the year. It signifies the start…

Tinker Fest ’17 (Illusions): Journey

By Fatin Iesa, Science Centre Singapore’s resident tinkerer who loves to apply scientific knowledge in a crazy and messy manner.   The Tinkering Studio celebrated the school holidays with another edition of Tinker Fest from 29 May to 4 June 2017. Based on the theme on Illusions, visitors wrapped their minds to create and explore…

A Peek into a Child’s Mind

Written by: Setoh Pei Pei What goes on inside a child’s mind? Does a child think in the same way as I do? How does a child reason about things that happen around him or her? If you are a parent or have the experience of interacting with young children, you may have pondered over…

Tinkerama

Written by : Kiruthika Ramanathan Learning City – at the Istana Open House May 2017 The showcase of makers went to the Istana for the second time during Labor day, 1 May 2017. Afterall, there is no other appropriate day than labor day to showcase the makers and people involved in Making. For labor day, Science…

How good are we at detecting lies?

Written by : Koh Tong Wey & Jeslyn Lim Apparently, it is not good. Many previous studies revealed that people are only able to catch lies half the time; in other words, no better than flipping coins. That’s not too different from the experience of my gullible self. But wait! Some of us may recall that…

S.M.A.R.T Camp

31 May 2017 – 1 June 2017 Electronics S.M.A.R.T Camp In today’s world, humans depend on electronics in communications, entertainments, defense applications, industrial applications and medical services. Our day to day life involves the use of electronic devices and it has played a major role in every of our life. While electronics has made tremendous…

Behind-The-Scenes

Written by Che Wan Forensic Science is a topic that has been garnering interest for quite a number of years, probably due to numerous television series and media coverage. Forensic Science is a process of evidence collection and analysis of clues on a scientific level, which eventually leads to figuring out the crime – who…

The Improbable Aircon: Why Singapore Should Care About Antarctica

By Sandra Marichal A month ago, I found myself harnessed to a rope held by an expedition crew member who was, at the time, wearing five layers of clothes shielding from the -15°C winds. I, on the other hand, was wearing my two-piece bikini, ready to jump into the -2°C waters off the Antarctic Peninsula….

Five Things To Do At Science Centre This April!

By Valerie Wong Picnic Under the Planets Last year, thousands joined us at the Observatory Green for an evening of fun and films. This 7 April, in conjunction with the viewing of Jupiter at its fullest and brightest, Science Centre brings back Picnic Under the Planets. From Screen On The Green movie screenings to science…

Nature Calls Again!

By Merlynna I didn’t know much about Palms until I had attended Nature Calls Again! – which was not as you’d imagine – a trip to the ladies, but the guidebook launch of Science Centre Singapore’s latest publication –“A Guide to Exotic Palms of Singapore”. 😉 Nature Calls Again! proved to be a highly engaging event…

A great cause for celebration!

By Sharmin Taj When we were students, Mathematics was something we had all feared at one point in time. We can recall the countless formulas, shapes and equations that we had to remember, all to solve a question on how many apples a boy had. “Practice makes perfect!” our teachers would say, while handing out a…

Orange you amazed!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year! By Gauri and Danny Here’s Part III of our orangey line-up of experimental goodies! Learn how to make an all-organic candle with the fruit that’s making its rounds all over this Chinese New Year season! Orange Candle: Ever wanted unique decorations for Chinese New Year or a…

Orange you bored?

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year! by Gauri and Danny Part II As promised, here’s the second of our 3-part special on fun things you can do this Chinese New Year with those extra oranges you receive during this festive time… Popping a balloon without touching it Thought popping a balloon without touching…

Orange you excited for CNY?

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year! By Gauri Saxena and Danny This time of year, boisterous beats of lion dance performances ring out in celebration corners decked in vibrant red and pink decor. Smells of tasty goodies like pineapple tarts and Yu Sheng waft in, making our mouths water. Families reunite over sumptuous…

Why are things the way they are?

By Ng Keen Yung and Peh Hui Min Biology’s answer to this is the theory of natural selection. Nature’s vast variety of species is the culmination of millions of years of gradual adaptation to various environments. This is the topic of the latest, and the first 3D digital film to hit the Omni-Theatre, Natural Selection…

Tinker Camp 2016: Journey

Read about the adventure of 26 children at Science Centre’s first-ever sleepover Tinker Camp! *Hint: Next camp is coming up in June 2017!*

Butterflies in my stomach

Oliver Huang is a Secondary 4 student who underwent an internship at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in 2016. He has written this blog post during his internship at SCS. Walking into the Butterflies Up-Close exhibition at Science Centre Singapore, you first notice a myriad of colours, with a backdrop of lush green bushes. Your hair is…

Making things Move — Maker Faire Singapore

Discover the joy of making and family bonding at the same time! (Reblogged from Maker Faire Singapore blog) One thing we consistently observe in workshops with parents and kids at the Maker workshops for families is how children and parents are eager to use tools, technologies and equipment that are difficult to obtain. But besides…

Supermoon

This article is written by Lauren Lee and Eunice Lee from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. Living in a light-polluted city-state, it is difficult for us to catch many astronomical events or even to see constellations. The moon, however, is easy to spot, and even more so, supermoons. To us, supermoons are just an “enlarged” version of…

Astronomy -Orionids

This article is written by Elizabeth and Kaiwen from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. The universe. The stars. The moon. An occasional eclipse. Is that all there is to the universe? Have you ever wondered up at the sky, wanting to see something fascinating and inspiring? Well, here comes the Orionids to light up your world!…

Young Learners’ Festival – Perspectives from our volunteers

This article is written by Mustikha and Hui Ling, volunteers with the Young Learners’ Festival 2016 held at Science Centre Singapore from 26 September to 7 October. In anticipation of the annual Young Learner’s Festival, we volunteers had to undergo a 2-day training to better prepare ourselves for the event. On the first day, all…

N2-siastic Liquids

By Saksham Bambha A relatively large portion of the Earth’s atmosphere is oxygen, which is required for the survival of almost all living organisms. Taking up about 21% of the air we breathe, oxygen’s presence is only dwarfed by one other gas – nitrogen. That’s right, there’s nearly four times as much nitrogen in the…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Tabitha Gan underwent an internship at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS). She has written this blog post during her internship at SCS. World Alzheimer’s Day is coming up on 21 September and its aim is to promote awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. For those unclear about exactly what Alzheimer’s disease is, it’s basically a disease…

KidsSTOP – There’s something for everyone

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…

Tinkering to infinity – and beyond!

This article is written by Valerie Wong, Corporate Communications Officer from the Science Centre Singapore.   If you have run out of ideas for what your kids should do this upcoming September school holidays, come on down to Science Centre Singapore and join us at Tinker Fest, where ideas never run out, but keep on…

Planetarium Conference in Warsaw

This article is written by Yong Jian-Yi, a Master Science Educator from the Science Centre Singapore, chronicling his experience at the Conference organised by the International Planetarium Society in Warsaw, Poland. What is a planetarium? No, it isn’t an Observatory or telescope! But it is a place to see stars. It is a projection of…

Tunnel Vision

Saksham Bambha is a Secondary 4 student who underwent an internship at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in 2016. He has written this blog post during his internship at SCS. Is what you see through the human eye all that exists in the universe? Have you ever felt that nature is boring? Well, let ‘Mysteries of the…

Being the scientist of your life

Jediel Yew is a Secondary 4 student who underwent an internship at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in 2016. He has written this blog post during his internship at SCS. Hold up. Aren’t scientists the nerdy chaps in lab coats and safety goggles? Well, stereotypically, yes. But there’s more than meets the eye. Underneath their unkempt hair,…

Child’s Play

By Loke Ting Wei We pop pills every time we are sick. Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes before these come into the market or are deemed fit for human consumption? Like any other products in the world, medicines have to go through many rounds of tests and trials before they are branded safe for…

Science Buskers Festival 2016

Did you know that when you put a glass rod inside glass jar containing glycerin, it will disappear? Or that you can poke through your take away tea bag with a pencil, without it being spilled? All these and many more ‘magic’ science tricks were showcased in the auditions of the Science Buskers Festival 2016,…

An Internship with DWB

Hi my name is Cai and I’m 16 years old. I took on a 4 week paid internship recently with Discovering without Borders (DWB) Social Enterprise when Yen (the founder) came to meet me and explain what her company was doing to help teenage girls develop interest in STEM careers. Assisting Yen in these workshops…

The Maker Mindset

Written by Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan, Senior Manager, Education Services & Outreach at Science Centre Singapore. A key event of the Singapore Science Festival, Maker Faire Singapore, aims to inculcate the Maker mindset – a growth mindset that encourages people to believe that they can learn to do anything. As the founder of Maker Faire, Dale…

7 reasons to watch “Earth, Moon & Sun”

This blogpost was co-written by Lim Jia Yi and Pang He Xuan, both students at Temasek Junior College, during their internship at Science Centre in November 2015. Are you curious about space? The Omni-Theatre’s new “Earth, Moon & Sun” digital show will bring you past the skies and into the galaxy. Here are 7 reasons…

Hosting the Cardboard Challenge in Singapore

Written by Dr Kiruthika Ramanathan, Senior Manager, Education Services & Outreach at Science Centre Singapore. This blog post was originally posted at Maker Faire Singapore website. The Cardboard Challenge was held at Science Centre Singapore on 11 October 2015 as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge a movement inspired by a then 9 year old…

Try your hand at this puzzle!

Written by Emilyn who is a Science Educator at Science Centre Singapore. How many activities can draw a cult following because of their educational nature? Only a handful, I think, and among the well-loved ones are puzzles. We solve puzzles to train our minds, run competitions on them or just for plain recreation and relaxation. Big…

Building Singapore’s future with STEM!

SG50 Inventions Camp! Held at the beautiful National Design Centre Singapore, 90 children joined hands with industry experts to design and create awesome products for Singapore’s future. They were given an engaging guided hands on tour of Fifty years of Singapore Design exhibition, special guest speakers were brought in to inspire their creative thinking and…

What do you know about Giant Pandas?

Nguyen Pham Dan Anh is a Secondary 4 student who underwent an internship at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in June 2015. She has written this blog post together with fellow intern, Jeremy Keat U during her internship at SCS. Last Wednesday, Jeremy and I gained an opportunity to watch IMAX show “Pandas: The Journey Home”…

A day in the life of a Science Communicator

Join Senthil Kumar Manogaran, Science Educator, Science Centre Singapore at the final post in the ASPAC blog train “A day in the life of a Science Communicator” What can be more amazing than looking at eager faces about to enter the Science Centre Singapore in the morning? Those who arrive looking forward to an exciting…