Robotics reassembled!

Calling out to all robot-lovers – we’ve got something right up your alley! The upcoming CRADLE S.M.A.R.T. gives you the opportunity to see robots come to life over a two-day camp at Science Centre. You’ll discover how actuators, electronics and computer algorithms activate robots, as well as you’ll get to assemble the robots from scratch, and…

Look forward to the holidays!

What better way to spend your holidays! If you are feeling perplexed over the making of holiday plans for your child, then fret not – you can enrol your child in an innovative and fun–filled 2-day science camp organised by Science Centre Singapore. The Truly Madly Science Programmes are truly mind-blowing as they explore science in the most creative ways…

Rainbow Culinary

If your child is refusing greens, this workshop might be the perfect one for you! Tired of mashing carrots or cutting celery into cube sizes to ensure that they stay hidden in your child’s food? Instead of forcing your child to eat something they dislike (aka vegetables), why not make them love it!  Join Science…

Wrack your brain!

Due to a wrong move, your lab assistant and you are plunged into an unfamiliar time zone and travel back in time. There is no time for you to waste. Think hard and act fast before your time runs out – you have to hit the time machine’s emergency button to return to the present….

Science needs to be championed – Global Study by 3M

Are Singaporeans scientifically literate? And how interested are Singaporeans in pursuing science-related careers? Science is all around us – from the digestive system that churns your breakfast after sunrise to the instant blackout when you flick the light switch before flopping into the bed for a good night rest. Though our country is gradually venturing…

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…

Discovering the Butterflies of Singapore

On 12 Aug 17, Science Centre Singapore and Nature Society Singapore organised a nature talk “Discovering the Butterflies of Singapore” at Science Centre Singapore, delivered by Dr Anuj Jain, Former Chairman, Butterfly & Insect Group, Nature Society Singapore. Dr Jain shared his knowledge about butterflies and the rich diversity in Singapore, both in the parks…

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…

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…

Robotic Dinos to Land at Science Centre Singapore

Flying out of Japan for the first time, Kokoro Din Robot Factory is landing at Science Centre Singapore on 20 May 2017 and will be there till 27 Aug 2017! Perfect for children up to 12 years old, they’ll get to learn more about robotics and engineering through this cool new exhibition! h So what…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ASPAC Conference at Beijing

The annual Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC) Conference took place at China Science & Technology Museum (Beijing) from 17th to 20th May last week. This is an event where representatives of Science Centres from the ASPAC network gather and learn from each other through plenary and parallel sessions, and networking events. Science…

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…

Learning how plants ‘drink’ water— A classroom activity

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore Another classroom activity I introduced to teachers on ‘How to make your class alive where students really learn’ in Jakarta on 9 May 2015 was about the vascular system in plants.  This activity was organised as a competition – how many straws can one…

Learning about the human digestive system the fun way

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore During a workshop for teachers on ‘How to make your class alive where students really learn’ in Jakarta on 9 May 2015, I introduced a classroom activity for students to learn about the human digestive system.  Often students learn from textbook the anatomy of…

A mission-driven experience

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore Science Centre Singapore was invited to take part in a STEAM Education Conference by The Ganesha83 ITB Foundation. The conference was held at the Office of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Jakarta on 9 May 2015. I gave a talk on ‘The…

NUS Spurs Science Passion via Dental Sciences

NUS Faculty of Dentistry academics hosted a Dental Science training workshop at Science Centre to inspire Science Educators with the problem-based learning approach On 7 April, Assistant Professor Jaya Seneviratne and his team, Dr. Weiqiang Loke, Dr. Wong Mun Loke, Dr. Preethi Balan, Dr. Tanujaa Suri, Dr. Sneha, NUS PhD candidates Kassapa Ellepola and Thuyen…

Thoughts and Observations from ASPAC 2015

ASPAC stands for the Asia Pacfic Network of Science & Technology Centres, and the annual ASPAC Conference is currently being held at and hosted by The Mind Museum, Manila, The Philippines from 26th to 30th April 2015. Science Centre Singapore has sent a delegation of seventeen to attend the Conference this year, and here are…

Coming Up… Brain Awareness Week

by Tara Venkatesan Hi! I’m Tara, a freshman at Yale University, and I get to learn and study one of the coolest things in the world – my brain! You have probably all heard things like you only use 10% of your brain, or if you’re a left-brain thinker, you’re logical but if you’re a…

Water with Mi

Do you ever feel like you’re wasting water? Do you want to understand better how water circulates and is recycled? Find out more how water circulates in our body and out of it this Saturday at the Science Centre Singapore and create solutions with science communicators coming down all the way from Miraikan just for this…

The iZ Hero Within!

By En Dian iZ Heroes from around the country gathered at the Marquee in Science Centre Singapore on 10th Feb 2015 for the grand finale of iZ Hero Challenge! Comradeship of fellows-in-arms against cyberbullying was in the air as the iZ Heroes enjoyed fun activities to remember  Safer Internet Day. Winners of the 2014 iZ…

Several Hours of Code

The Hour of Code is a global initiative intended to demystify code (ie computer programming) and show that anybody can learn the basics. The idea is to get kids (or anyone, really) to do at least one hour of coding,  in a fun and relaxed way that many won’t even recognise as coding. This provides them with an…

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…

Animatronics!

If you’ve all watched movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Clash of Titans, to name a few, then you’ve all seen animatronics – even if you did not recognise it! Animatronics are simply put – special effects come to life! Indeed they bring together 2 of the unlikeliest fields – engineering and arts – in…

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…

Take a bite of Science!

Have you ever felt so caught up in your day-to-day work that you have no time to read about many interesting news, even those related to the industry that you work in?  Kin Guan, one of our Science Educators, learnt about the Scientific American’s 60-second science concept during his Master of Science in Science Communication…

Anechoic Chamber – What’s that?

That was my question when I walked into the A*STAR Anechoic Chamber at Fusionopolis yesterday morning, and the answer was “greater” than what I had expected. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join in some students on their visit to various A*STAR laboratories yesterday. We were first greeted by a robot that some…

The charisma of numbers

Yen is a PR professional at Science Centre Singapore. Was it by chance that I attended the Science and Engineering in the world’s fastest car talk last Saturday, and then go home to watch Superman Returns on television? I didn’t realise I kept seeing Wing Commander Andy Green in that Superman outfit that evening! Me and…

The Science & Engineering in the World’s Fastest Car!

Today I had the chance to listen to an inspiring one-hour presentation by Wing Commander Andy Green, the holder of the current World Land Speed Record on “The Science & Engineering in the World’s Fastest Car!”. During the one-hour presentation, Andy Green introduced various projects that his team had worked on (i.e. ThrustSSC which set…

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…

Discover the science of gems with Tanja Sadow (Part II)

Dominic Fondé is a freelance artist living and working in Singapore. He specialises in glass engraving, creating artworks for private clients and gallery sale. He also teaches regular classes in glass art. To find out more about Domonic and his artwork, please email him at dominicfonde@gmail.com. As promised, here’s part II of ‘Discover the science…

Discover the science of gems with Tanja Sadow

Guest Author – Dominic Fondé is a freelance artist living and working in Singapore. He specialises in glass engraving, creating artworks for private clients and gallery sale. He also teaches regular classes in glass art. To find out more about Domonic and his artwork, please email him at dominicfonde@gmail.com. As part of the ongoing Science…

Obsession with snails

The latest obsession by our blogging team (or part of it) seemed to be the snail community in the Science Centre Singapore (latest addition to our exhibitions). Earlier this week, snails eggs have been discovered by Danny in both the terrestrial and aquatic tank (Read his blog entry here and check out the pictures taken…

Behold… New Generation Science!

This year’s ASPAC Conference only just concluded at Science Centre Singapore on Saturday last week (for the uninitiated, I’ll allude to what the conference was about at the end of this write-up, so don’t worry). One of the sub-themes of the conference was ‘New Generation Science’. And while this was discussed largely around the new generation of visitors, science centres and technologies, I felt…

Future Perfect II

Guest Post by Alvin Tan, artistic director, The Necessary Stage. ‘Future Perfect’ – a play about human enhancement. Three interwoven stories, light-hearted, dramatic and poignant, will unfold before your eyes and pull you in as the characters struggle with ethical issues on the biomedical front. Future Perfect’ runs at the Science Centre from 5-9 March,…

Future Perfect I

Guest Post by Haresh Sharma, playwright, The Necessary Stage. ‘Future Perfect’ – a play about human enhancement. Three interwoven stories, light-hearted, dramatic and poignant, will unfold before your eyes and pull you in as the characters struggle with ethical issues on the biomedical front. Future Perfect’ runs at the Science Centre from 5-9 March, 2.30-3.30pm….

Ice Ice Baby!

  There was a super cool hip hop song called “Ice Ice Baby” that I used to groove and bob my head to in the 90s back when I was in high school. Sadly, the song rarely hits the radio waves these days. But whenever I do hear it, it reverberates through my headspace and…