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…

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…

Butterfly fervour

I had wanted to share some of these photos about half a year ago (or slightly more than that). These were taken at the Insectarium in our Ecogarden. It was a September morning, and the first time I stepped into the Insectarium. Mr Tan, our dedicated gardener, gave me a guided tour. It was exciting…

August Observation @ Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore

I was inspired by a post on Facebook to make my way down to our Science Centre Ecogarden after a heavy rain one Friday (22 August) to see what insects I might spot. It was in the evening just before 6pm and I headed straight to a row of potted plants right in front of…

Interesting sights @ Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore

Some of us at Science Centre Singapore were recently talking about the sights and observations from our Ecogarden right at the back of the Centre (Yes, we have one beautiful garden!) I thought it appropriate to share what one of our Science Educators, Patrick, shared of his evening walk at the Ecogarden yesterday. “Crackling symphony”…

Be a Young Learner!

Yesterday morning, I had an interesting experience at the Ecogarden. I had gone to the garden to take a photograph of the unripe rambutans on the rambutan tree, and chanced upon groups of pre-schoolers going around to learn about plants and animals, as part of the Young Learners’ Festival, Colour My World. I had always…

Honolulu creeper or bougainvillea?

I had gone down to the Science Centre Ecogarden to check out the pigeon orchid plant again one day in May but realised that all the flowers were gone. Well, I told myself that I would have a chance again to smell the fragrance of the flowers, as Mrs Chee, one of our ex-colleagues have…

Plant of the Day

The current plant of the day in the Ecogarden has to be the Wild Cockscomb (Celosia argentea). Not only because of the beauty of its radiant pink blooms and its sweet scent that permeates the ‘Healing Plants” section of our garden; and not only because”virtually every part of this plant is useful to man,” as…

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.          

My humble attempt to grow corn seeds

“I wonder whether they will germinate.” These words made me ponder too, at the bowl of leftover corn seeds soaked overnight for a Show-and-Tell session by some students. Two days later, I noticed these! By then, the corn seeds had already been soaked in the water for roughly five days. I was amazed! The last…

Of Epiphytes and Orchids

“They are pigeon orchids!”, Mrs Chee from Education Programmes Division shared with me when I emailed her a picture of some pretty white flowers that I found at our lovely Ecogarden. Things always happen on hindsight. It was only after Mrs Chee told me so, that I realised that yes, they suddenly look orchid-like. Weird…

Today’s Mystery – Bamboo Twist

How did this bamboo leaf (right) get tied up so neatly? I know of several leaf-rolling insects and spiders; There is a range of caterpillars that roll up leaves as shelters to pupate in, crickets and spiders that hide inside rolled-up leaves, weaver ants that use their larvae’s silk to assemble their nests from whole…

The return of the greens!

Nature is truly amazing. About eleven days ago when I first checked out the atlas caterpillars (or the remaining of those which had not morphed into cocoons), the Camphor tree which was the host tree was nearly bare. You can check the picture in Danny’s blog earlier. After our weekly department meeting today, we checked…

Today’s Discovery – Shake it, pupa, shake it!

I like to make discoveries – making an observation and figuring out something I didn’t know before. Quite often, this happens in our Ecogarden. Like today, when I checked on the Atlas Moth pupae that have caused quite a stir among some of our staff here at the Science Centre. All those remaining caterpillars still roaming…

Spotting a Cocoon Retreat

I returned to work after a two-day hiatus, and was greeted with an exciting buzz over cocoon couture in our Ecogarden! Well I’ll be! This workplace continues to throw up surprises! Insect enthusiast and science educator, Li Hui filled me in on the details… Over the last few days, a mini truckload of Atlas Moth caterpillars…

An hour with… the Rubber Pavilion

Individual Science Centre exhibits usually get no more than a few minutes of attention, but spending a whole hour near one can be interesting… Singapore has had rubber trees since 1881, and you can learn all about the history, cultivation, harvesting and processing of this versatile natural resource at the Rubber Centenary Monument in the…

Exploration of the Science Centre Singapore Ecogarden (Part 1)

It started off with a meeting outside the Ecolab, pleasantly complemented by the harmonious chirping of the birds (or so I imagined) and the sight of hummingbirds hovering over the flowers. Gone with December were the rain and the cold breeze. Hence, my mini exploration took place under the bright cheery morning sun. In fact,…

The other Science Centre Singapore

Here’s a scene from the Science Centre Singapore: If you have visited SCS, you probably remember it as a busy, noisy place full of excitement and action. But the rubber plantation in this video is also part of our offering. And while it’s a lot more tranquil than our typical exhibits, there’s lots of action…