5 Reasons to Visit Butterflies Up-Close

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.   -Jeffrey Glassberg, American biologist who revolutionise the pursuit of butterflies with an emphasis on observation in the field Butterflies Up-Close was a recently opened exhibition at Science Centre Singapore which invites…

3D Printed Butterflies?

Nope, this is not a 3D printed butterfly. In fact, this is a beautiful Swift Peacock butterfly which can be found at Butterflies Up-Close (Hall D), Science Centre Singapore. So where can you find the 3D printed butterflies? Well, you can find them at Butterflies Up-Close this September school holidays. This is because of a 3D…

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,…

Behind the Scenes – Butterflies Up-Close

Some time back, I sat down for an interview with June Chen, our Butterflies Up-Close exhibition project officer (overseeing the exhibition planning and build). Sitting in the Butterflies Up-Close exhibition classroom amidst the construction hustle, June shared with me what it means to be a project officer in charge of an exhibition. How long have…

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…

About Earth and Climate Change

Somehow, I did not hear much about the Earth Hour this year, unlike the hype for the past few years, considering it is only about a week away. I went to the Earth Hour website and saw the tagline “Stop the burning and grow a forest.” I believe many of us would identify with it,…

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….

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…

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…

TUNING IN: BRAIN & BODY

This Christmas, put your thinking caps on, or we’ll lend you some of ours with our BRAND-new exhibition centered around the ever-so-fascinating organ of our body called the Brain. Come down to the Science Centre and take a look at this new exhibition, open from Saturday 13 December onwards! For more details, click here!

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…

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…

Can you ride on those square wheels?

About two weeks ago, we posted a video on our “Science It” Facebook page inviting our Facebook friends to identify the object which was posted. Over the weekend, we revealed what the object is, and invited guesses on what the object demonstrates. Have you figured it out? Well, as mentioned in our post over the…

6 Reasons to visit Science Centre Singapore this June Holidays

Every year during the school vacation, Science Centre Singapore will be bustling with activities and programmes. Here are some exhibitions and activities you might consider visiting or attending during the upcoming June holidays! An Exhibition Exploring Nature’s Design, 24 May – 24 August 2014 Our mid-year temporary exhibition offers a treat to explore nature’s design…

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,…

What the chindogu!

The Japanese ruled the innovation roost back in the day! Remember how revolutionary the Sony walkman, discman and mini-disc player were? Man, those products created quite a stir, kinda like these inventions below—only, they were a lot more revolutionary (with the exception of the awesome banana travel case of course!)       Check out…

Mosquitoes and Dengue in Singapore

Last week, Radio 938Live asked me for an interview on mosquitoes and dengue. The interview that went on air was of course much shorter than the chat I’d had with the radio man, so here’s a more extensive Q&A: Does the weather have to do with the increase in mosquito numbers in Singapore? The weather…

Fun with aeronautics

December has come to an end. If you had been to the Defence Science Exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore recently, you would likely have noticed some science education workshops which were being conducted in conjunction with this exhibition. Last week, I dropped by one of the 2-hour workshops on Aeronautical Sciences and found the…

Stormy Singapore?

The other day, I took a short break in the Earth – Our Untamed Planet exhibition. I noticed a few things, but what really caught my attention was this image: This is part of an exhibit that describes how typhoons, tropical cyclones and hurricanes come about, and that they really are all the same thing, just…

Babbage cabbage

On the occasion of the impending closure of our iSpace exhibition, here’s a picture of the left hemisphere of the brain of Charles Babbage: How is this relevant? Well, Charles Babbage is credited with designing the first computer – a mechanical contraption that he never quite finished himself, but which eventually led to the development of…

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…

Jurassic mystery: prehistoric coloured light

Ever since the launch of the Dinosaurs-Live! exhibition I have been trying to think of possible ways nature could produce coloured light. Standing in front of some of the realistic animatronic dinosaurs, I had attempted to imagine standing in front of the real thing, but I got confused by the lighting. How could the real dinosaurs,…

Bovine Dinosaurs?

Every time I walk past the Science Centre’s loading bay these days, I am reminded of my childhood in Switzerland. That’s because the sounds I hear are very similar to those you hear when walking past a cow shed full of Swiss Browns waiting to be milked. We don’t keep cows in our loading bay,…

The suspension of gravity

At the launch of the Dinosaurs Life! exhibition last night, I made the aquaintance of the amazing Maiasaura. This was a 9m long, 2.5m tall plant eating dinosaur with a toothless beak, cheek pouches, a small crest in front of the eyes and, aparently, a surprising ability to defy gravity! The exhibition features lots of…

Fun learning journey

This is my first year attending the Singapore Science Festival and I am amazed at the extent of creativity put into all the booths, workshops and performances that makes learning science easier. I wish I had the opportunity to learn science in such a fun way when I was a student! Filling up the whole…

Toilet Science

How long has it been since you last went to a washroom? Probably not very long. That is one kind of environment that we are all quite familiar with, by necessity. But how long has it been since you went to a washroom and thought about science? There’s lots of science in and around the…

Don’t be afraid of sharks

Guest Post by Rodney Fox, Planet Shark Ambassador Hi I’m Rodney Fox. In 1963 I was attacked by a Great White Shark and badly bitten around my chest and arm. My survival is regarded as a miracle and is still thought of as one of the world’s worst shark attacks in history. But the attack…

How not to get eaten by a shark

In our current Planet Shark exhibition there is an entire section on how not to get attacked by a shark. Apart from physical protection such as steel cages and chainmail suits it features a number of chemical repellants, none of which are very effective, apparently. (In one case that’s primarily because the repellant is enclosed…