Probably the World’s Largest Harmonograph

This is just a quick update on our Prototyping the Harmonograph post of a couple of weeks ago. We since installed the PWLH (Probably the World’s Largest Harmonograph) in the gallery, and it has been up and swinging since the start of the Festival of Numbers on 11 March. Why do we call it “probably…

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…

Prototyping the Harmonograph

These days, I rarely go behind the scenes in our workshops here at the Science Centre, but for the upcoming harmonograph installation at our Festival of Numbers I got the opportunity to do just that. A harmonograph is a pendulum-driven drawing machine that combines two or more harmonic movements to produce beautiful patterns of graceful…

The joy of discovery

Two weeks ago I made a mathematical discovery. I am not a mathematician, but I enjoy fiddling with numbers and spreadsheets, and I had been playing around with a Galton Board simulation for an animated Chinese New Year greeting card I was designing. This card involved chickens laying eggs onto a Galton Board with ten…

An Amazing Maker Journey

It has been an amazing 5 year journey for Maker Faire Singapore. In 2012, we started off as a Mini Maker Faire with about 20 maker booths and 1000 visitors. In 2016, we are proud to have hosted over 300 maker booths (including about 700 makers) and 15,000 visitors over a 2-day event at the…

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…

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…

Let there be algorithmic origami… and there was!

Guest Post by Cheng Herng Yi , one of the award-winning Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2011 participants, who shares an abridged version of how he won the First Award in the category of Computer Science for his project—Composing Frusta to Fold Polyhedral Origami. My interest in origami stems from my passion in…