The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Building strengths by growing together

CRADLΣ – the Centre for Research and Applied Learning in Science – has made steady progress in bringing science to life through hands-on experimentation, thanks to the support from schools and industry. On Fri 11 Aug, CRADLΣ’s partners from a number of renowned educational and industrial establishments were recognised through the presentation of certificates and the…

It’s Raining Pi!~

What a blast! We celebrated Pi (π) Day in style on 14 March at Science Centre! The revelry was contagious – kicking off in the office! The Pi-fever later spilled into the Gallery spaces with 100 sporting guests joining a Pi Circle at our Atrium – closer to midday! Each of us held a numbered card – representing a digit of Pi (3.14…), and participated…

Shouting out Memorable Moments!~

Chris Wright gave an inspiring shout out of Science Centre Singapore to over 2.3 million Qantas passengers through the Qantas’ Travel Insider – Australia’s No.1 read magazine in the Business and Airline categories. Here’s what he wrote: “Singapore builds new attractions all the time but Science Centre Singapore has been a fail-safe rainy-day wonder since 1977. A hands-on museum, even before […]

A Starry Proposal!~

By Danny and Gauri Saxena Science Centre Singapore is so memorable to many of our guests for so many reasons. One of which includes being an idyllic place for a wedding proposal! Our very own Omni-Theatre which turns 30 this year, has seen quite a few proposals of recent, with younger couples opting to propose and pledge their love for one another in…

Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet

Promotional Copy Of all the planets in our solar system, none has captured our collective imagination like Mars – a mysterious indelible part of the zeitgeist. The quest to send humans to Mars has engaged the top minds in science in a modern-day space race, and it has infiltrated pop culture through blockbusters like Andy…

We need it like Oxygen…

DUN DUN DUUUUN!~ (dramatic sound effect) Imagine life without artificial light. without air-conditioning. without (gasp) the internet! That’d be a world without a screen to read this post with. No electronic spouse-like smart phone to give us company (all the way to the toilet). Robson Green’s extreme fishing TV show would forever remain a figment…

STEM’s significance goes on-air on Danish National Radio

An excerpt from an interview (part I) of A/Prof Lim Tit Meng (SCS Chief Executive) by Kristoffer Frøkjær – the Host of “World of Science” programme on Danish National Radio Kristoffer: First of all, I must say that I’m really impressed by the Science Centre. We have something in Denmark which is like a tenth or something…

Millennial Adventure (part 2)

On 28 June, I had the pleasure of interviewing billionaire and travel extraordinaire – Jim Rogers and Paige Parker over an exclusive interview! Their spirit of adventure has seen them journey off the beaten path (at the turn of the Millenium) in not just one city but the world over – covering 116 countries over 6…

Millennial Adventure! (part 1)

28 June was such a treat. I caught up with billionaire and travel extraordinaire – Jim Rogers and Paige Parker over an exclusive interview! Their spirit of adventure has seen them journey off the beaten path (at the turn of the Millenium) in not just one city but the world over – covering 116 countries over…

Ratu River Expedition

An EOS tectonics team heads down to the Ratu River. To a site at the feet of the Himalaya. 140km South of Mt Everest. Which sits on a massive fault that runs deep under the mountains. Using one truck, 264 geophones pulse (at 10-300 pulses/second) up to 2km deep, surveying the sub-surface, reflecting sound waves…

Young Inventors Shine!

The 30th Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award (TKKYIA) Presentation Ceremony and Exhibition was held at the Science Centre Singapore on Sat, 28 May 2016 with nearly 160 participants in attendance. TKKYIA attracted 810 entries this year across five sections: Junior Student (Below 13 years old); Student (Below 19 years old); Senior Student (Below 25…

SST-3M Innoscience Challenge

Last week, four secondary one students from School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) outshone 200 students from the same cohort to win the 2016 SST-3M InnoScience Challenge. Their winning concept was a solution that uses magnets to change lightbulbs effortlessly! The projects were evaluated on 26 May 2016 based on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness…

What an eclipse!

A cloudless morning set the stage for a brilliant Solar Eclipse show and what a sight it was! 3,000 people witnessed this on a working day morning with some showing up as early as 7am to check it out! With telescopes, venuscopes, free solar glasses and a live webcast – Science Centre Singapore was ready for our…

Darkness Dawns: Witness the 9 Mar Solar Eclipse

 Exciting times! Join us and experience the Solar Eclipse together! Latest updates are available on the SCOB Facebook page. FREE ADMISSION on 9 Mar to Science Centre Singapore from 7.30am – 9.30am!  We look forward to seeing you soon! 🙂 Note: above image is an artist’s impression only

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

“May the year of the monkey bring you an abundance of good health, happiness and fortune.” Click here to view a nifty e-greeting animation put together by our colleague – Dr Andy Giger! And check out the Lunar New Year couplet coined by our Chief Executive – A/Prof Lim Tit Meng. 灵猴巧手迎春来   浓浓创意满人心 Agile monkey with…

Tink! Ding! Pling! Buzz!

Science Centre Singapore’s new immersive space officially tinkers to life! A media preview and an official launch held on 21 and 22 Jan 2016 respectively, ushered in a crowd of grown-ups to the Tinkering Studio – an experience that unleashed their inner child at the entrancing space. But before you check out their fun journey of…

Guess who dropped in?

DPM Teo Chee Hean (our patron) visited Science Centre Singapore this afternoon to meet with key staff, view exciting STEM Inc. student projects and tour our exhibitions! He was warmly greeted by our senior management (incl. Prof Lim Tit Meng) as well as visitors (incl. Prof Lui Pao Chuen) who took the opportunity to take photos with him! One of his stops…

Collision Space!

Hi everyone! As promised, here’s part two of Science Centre’s exclusive email interview with Dr Harry Cliff – one of the curators of the Collider exhibition, which blends theatre, video and sound art, drawing people like you to the fascinating world of experimental particle physics! What got you interested in Physics and inspired to learn particle physics?…

A smashing exhibition!

Our chummy science counterparts – the ArtScience Museum, gifted us a terrific opportunity to interview Dr Harry Cliff, one of the curators of the Collider exhibition – which makes its Asian debut on 14 Nov 2015! Dr Cliff also happens to work in CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in Geneva where the Large…

Aaaaahhhh!

Halloween’s back… With a spooky twist! Two nights. Two Trails. One Special Show ($2). Pick 1 trail at your peril. Fright Nights are 30 and 31 Oct 2015.  7-11 pm. Night admission rates apply $25 adult; $20 child. Admission fee includes entrance to Science Centre, Halloween Haunted Trail, “Not So Creepy” Halloween Trail & the Monsters of the Sea Exhibition. Enter……

Blue is in!

We got ‘em back! Our baby blue skies… If I could just welcome them, I’d do it with open arms! I’d so be a (blue) sky hugger! Only recently, we had an exhibition on haze at the Science Centre! Titled, Haze: Know It. Stop It. That’s where I met a passionate advocate in Xin Yi….

Hazy with a chance of even more haze?

With the haze running riot, it’s quite difficult to sing “I can see clearly now”. Chances are you’ll likely run out of breath if you tried! At least, like the Brits, we now have a great conversation starter in the weather. The NEA’s haze reports are dismal. The update this morning (24 Sep) states that…

Singapore Innovations!

Singapore Innovations – From Ideas to Creations Science Centre’s newest exhibition opens Friday, 25 Sep 2015! Curious about some of the “By Singaporeans” innovations that are making their mark regionally or globally? What inspired each innovator to come up with their creations and how was the process like? The Singapore Innovations exhibition shares the science and engineering that goes…

Masters of Innovation

Hey there! Lately, my Marketing colleague – Jyotika has been sharing some amazing ads that belie human ingenuity and innovation. I thought I’ll share them with you because they segue quite nicely from my last post which was centered on a neat Innovation Challenge. Simply Sand-tacular  A little girl’s wish came true as a team of…

SSTellar Start to Innovation

Friday was full of fantastic firsts. One. Rocking up to SST (School of Science and Technology). Where children are groomed for greatness. Nurtured to become passionate innovators. Focused on applied learning. And able to connect the dots between classroom learning and the real-world. Two. Mingling with a 3M Manager and Mentor who said that his…

L-O-V-E

L is for the way you look at me O is for the only one I see V is very, very extraordinary E is even more than anyone that you adore can Nat King Cole’s timeless L-O-V-E song came to life half a century ago! And it lives on today thanks to radio. Thanks to…

Chillin’ with the Greats

It’s not every day that a luminary shows up at your door step. But on Tue, we had three of them for GYSS2015 at Science Centre Singapore! Here’s a quick intro in the lives of these science yodas. 🙂 Prof Michael Levitt. This greying champ won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. (for the…

Tinker Teen: Nishant Verma!

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good start to the year! I had the privilege of interviewing a teen who tinkers with great zeal, interesting results and immense enjoyment! The teen in question – Nishant Verma, is an 18-year-old student from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) who participated as a maker at the first Singapore Mini Maker Faire Education Day…

Ringing in the New Year!

Whether in reverence of revelry, I’m sure that many of you are planning to usher in the New Year with joy! As you gear up for the countdown parties at Marina Bay, Sentosa or in the heartlands, take a time-out to take stock of the past. And as you do that, remember also the many…

Wild but True!

You know, it’s not often that I become nervous around a 10-year-old kid. But today, Robert Irwin’s uber calm persona unsettled me! Barely half my size, his physique is hardly what one would call foreboding but when he talks, there is such a presence about him that puts me in awe and makes me feel so small…

More than meets the eye!

The largest Transformers exhibition in Asia has made landfall in Singapore – smack in the jewel of Jurong East – Science Centre Singapore! Celebrating 30 years of evolution of the beloved and Transformers series, the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition presents a snapshot of the history of Transformers and the scenes and robots of the Transformers…

1-on-1 with a Cardboard Extraordinaire!

Here’s snippets of my exclusive with cardboard sculptor – Bart Ting whom I met at Science Centre Singapore straight after his media interview only last Wed! Me: “Your installations all look massively impressive. Have you produced any miniatures?” Bart: “Yea! I designed a 23-cm F1 car, made from 2 pieces of A4 cardboard. It was…

Introducing… Bart Ting!

Much as this man needs no introduction, I shall do it all the same – for the uninitiated! It takes someone special to render the ordinary – extraordinary! And that’s just what cardboard boy-wonder – Bartholomew Ting does best! Graduating from business and gravitating to the creative arts, Bart (in short) has made quite a name…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …

Dominic? That’s right. Dominic Fonde to be exact! The Brit’s in da house! In town actually. For a limited time only. While the exhibition lasts. “What exhibition?” you ask. I’ll come to that in a minute… It was great to see Dominic – my glass blowing, drill engraving artiste of a friend who has been…

Nature’s Call!

Fifty-four of us answered Nature’s Call, taking to MacRitchie in the not-so early morning hours of Saturday, 27 Sep 2014! It was welcome respite from our concrete jungle and a much anticipated adventure, which was fully subscribed within 24 hours of its communication to public! The MacRitchie Trail formed the second and final part of…

On a Fast Fade – Lyssa Zampa sightings

It appears that sightings of the tropical swallow tail moth have nearly petered out. Flying in to all corners of the North, South, East and West, our large, velvety brown friends earlier made quite the splash in significant numbers outside of their usual cyclical appearance (May to August). But it now looks like the glitzy…

Meeting Stuart (not so little)

Day two’s started. I’m in Brunei attending the Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC) Conference in the opulent Empire Hotel & Country Club. This conference has all the hallmarks of a great learning experience. I was stoked this morning to be seated next to a bloke with more than 33 years of science…

A Cosmic Encounter!

Two shooting stars fell our way, leaving us with amazing and insightful streaks of information about the universe! One of them, embodied in the form of an ex-wrestler, was none other than renowned astrophysicist, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of National Geographic’s up and coming space thriller series – COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey. The…

Crunch time! | The final weekend to experience the Titans of the Past exhibition!

Dear Visitors, This weekend’s your LAST opportunity to experience the rip roaring ‘Titans of the Past‘ exhibition at Science Centre Singapore’s Annexe! Catch it before the exhibition’s dinosaurs and ice age mammals take their leave after Sunday, 23 February 2014. Here’s two videos you can check out to whet your appetite for all things prehistoric…

On the trail of a trailblazer!

Yesterday afternoon, a bunch of us at Science Centre Singapore stole away to Dairy Farm Nature Park, with the intention to traverse the Wallace Trail and suss out the Wallace Education Centre.  It proved an immersive and most interesting experience! Here’s a snapshot of the diverse flora along our trek! I would have loved to…

An evolutionary excursion (Part II)

As promised, here’s Part II of the Evolutionary Excursion! It was an absolute pleasure meeting Barry Clarke at a sharing by Wallace expert – Dr George Beccaloni at Science Centre Singapore on 4 December 2013. The Managing Director at Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific communicated with zeal, his dream of erecting a statue of Alfred…

An evolutionary excursion (Part I)

I can’t remember the last time we erected a statue in honour of a scientist or of anyone for that matter! It’s been long… too long I think. Well, it looks like that end could now wait, with the prospect of a bronze statue right here in Singapore, commemorating the life and scientific legacy of…

Guess who’s in town?

Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals have together made landfall in Science Centre Singapore for the first time in what is undoubtedly the strangest of unions! Flown in from two continents and representative of disparate periods in history, the prehistoric beasts now rule the roost in the Titans of the Past exhibition. Spanning 3,000 square metres,…

1 little 2 little 3 little colours…

I remember this rhyme we used to sing back in nursery called Ten Little Indians… One little two little three little Indians… That was many moons ago, and while I don’t remember too much else of what happened then, what I do remember, is that it was stacks of fun hanging out with the other…

The Swamp Thing

Do you remember the movie-the Swamp Thing? If you do, I’d daresay you’re probably at least as old as I am (not that I’m telling!). If you don’t know of it, it’s an interesting science fiction film based on the DC Comics Universe’ story of a humanoid mass of vegetable matter, who fights to protect…

Burp! | Who’s up for Food Combining?

G’day folks, It’s been so long (too long!) since I coined an article. So here’s one on food consumption that’ll hopefully get you thinking about what you chuck into your pie hole :p~ I recently returned home from a week-long trip to the Great South Land – which Brisbane City sits on, in the great…

In the wake of the storm!

Here’s a sneak peek into the ‘carnage’ in the wake of today’s gusty storm… We lost one of our beloved trees in the Ecogarden – the Sea Hibiscus.          

Guess who said Hailoo!

Not one but two surprises later, we’re left bewildered. First, the rain. Then, hail! (Say what?!) Yes, hail! I kid you not. It bucketed down at about two in the afternoon-much to our delight after we experienced an intense week of haze from the bush fires in Indonesia. But what transpired was a real surprise!…

Lost in Membrane Protein Crystallisation

Exactly a fortnight ago, I found myself in a spot of barney! Now I know that’s an uncanny expression (especially since its cockney slang), but if you’ve watched Ocean’s Eleven, Don Cheadle who incidentally plays Colonel James Rhodes in the movie—Iron Man Three, uses that very expression to communicate that he’s in a spot of…