Activities & Resources
Singapore Science Festival
The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) is an annual carnival spanning several weeks with events for students, parents and the general public to understand the wonders of science in our daily lives. During the festival, various programmes are put together by various tertiary and private organizations ranging from X-periment!, with displays by A*STAR Research Institutes, Singapore Mini Makers’ Faire, Kids’ Science Fest and Gene Fest, talks and open houses.
Each year, the Singapore Science Festival launches with the opening of X-Periment!, a three-day Science event which brings cutting-edge scientific research out of A*STAR and other institutions’ labs to the public. Visitors will be greeted with the interactive innovations and experiments by local researchers, watch awe-inspiring Science demonstrations and have fun with hands-on experiments for both kids and families at the booths managed by A*STAR research Institutes, tertiary institutes, industries, and private sectors.
The Mini Makers’ Faire Singapore
The Mini Makers’ Faire Singapore is a 2-day celebration of science, engineering, creativity and the DIY spirit where makers ranging from technology enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds showcase their inventions and creativity. It is an event where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. The original Maker Faire event was held in the United States and the first ever Mini Maker Faire in Singapore was inaugurated at the Singapore Science Festival in 2012.
For more information on activities during the SSF, please click here .
The STAR lecture is a world class outreach programme designed to bring Singaporean youths on a journey of scientific discovery and inspiration through an interactive discussion with a world-renowned scientist. By bringing the attention of the nation’s youth to the ‘big picture’ questions in Science, the STAR Lecture serves as a dramatic conclusion to the Singapore Science Festival. For 2012, the STAR Lecture partnered with the UK Royal Institution (RI) Christmas Lectures for the first time. Held annually since 1825, the Christmas Lectures were initiated by British scientist Michael Faraday.
Watch the 2012 STAR Lecture: Featuring the UK Christmas Lectures here.
Science in the Mall
Science in the Mall is an interactive and educational science carnival which is held during the school holidays in different parts of Singapore. This event aims to reach out to students and their families, by featuring many science-based performances and demonstrations which can be done at home easily. With involvement of the parents, this carnival hopes to enhance children’s interest in science.
For the details of upcoming Science in the Mall event, please visit the website here .
Dinosaur exhibits at Science in the Mall event in June 2012
Centre for Research and Applied Learning in Science (CRADL∑) at Science Centre
Students can design their own science experiments and conduct research projects at the Centre for Research and Applied Learning in Science (CRADL∑),a new open learning and research lab at the Science Centre Singapore. CRADL∑ will also develop teacher-mentors and enhance the capacity of teachers and schools in science research and innovation. CRADL∑ is a collaboration amongst Science Centre, A*STAR, DSO and MOE.
More information on the programmes available at CRADLE can be found here.
DNA Learning Lab at Science Centre
The DNA learning Lab is an A*STAR-sponsored facility at the Singapore Science Centre, which engages students and the public in the wonders of gene technology. Participants at the DNA Learning Lab can enjoy programmes ranging from introductory classes to hands-on experiments, such as the study of micro-organisms and the technique of bacteria transformation. Gain a deeper understanding of life sciences concepts, and be inspired to consider a career in the field of life sciences.
More information on various programmes in the DNA learning Lab can be found here .
Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists (SAYES)
The Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists (SAYES) seeks to inspire the youth of today to develop and hone their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects, provide a conducive environment to facilitate that objective and eventually interested students may be handed resources to start their own science clubs and enhance the level of STEM in Singapore. This organization is intended to be youth-driven, with minimal external guidance. Members will be tasked to find ways not only to improve themselves but to lead others in finding creative means to further the state of STEM in Singapore. Members will be given mentorships and consultations based upon a case by case basis, and will consequently provide a similar service to the newer generations as they progress and develop with SAYES.
For more information on joining SAYES, click here.
Discover Science Resources
Discover Science Resources is an educational outreach project that allows Singapore schools to use science resources such as kits, mini-exhibits and posters. These resources can be very useful to teachers for their science lessons or other science-related school events. These innovative resources enable schools to present and teach scientific concepts in a variety of interesting ways that cater to different groups of students. To understand how to make full use of the Discover Science Resources to enhance science activities in school, or make an online booking through the Singapore Science Centre for these resources, please click here .
Teacher Local Research Attachment Programme
The Youth Science Programme, A*STAR, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) organizes attachment programmes for Upper Secondary and Junior College science teachers.
Modelled after Columbia University's Summer Research Program, the objectives are to expose science teachers to current cutting-edge science research, to give them a chance to carry out some research work, and to interact with scientists. It also aims to empower teachers to communicate the research process and the applications of science to their students with confidence.
During the attachment, teachers will learn about laboratory safety and ethics of science as well as the analysis of scientific articles. Teachers will be provided opportunities to work in a research lab within the A*STAR Research Institutes and gain first-hand experience by completing a research project during their attachment.
One of the important elements of this teacher attachment will be the conscious brainstorming and formalising of how to change classroom science teaching by incorporating insights learnt in this programme. Teachers are urged to come up with specific lesson plans which will be tried out when they return to the classroom.
For more information, please contact Tracy Loo at firstname.lastname@example.org
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