6 experiments, games, and record-breaking activities that budding scientists won’t want to miss at the (fully online!) Singapore Science Festival

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

Ahhh the Science Centre Singapore. Since its inception in 1977, it has been a school-trip-rite-of-passage for all students to learn about science through interactive exhibits (remember that motorized doll of Albert Einstein climbing up a rope?). Since then, it’s continued to put on innovative and educational events to shape today’s young minds, like the annual Singapore Science Festival (SSF). For the first time in twenty years, this year’s edition will take place online. 

Jointly organized by Science Centre Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the SSF is an annual event celebrating the role that science, engineering, technology and mathematics plays in shaping our lives and sculpting our future. It’s designed to take participants on a virtual journey to experience, engage and explore the power of science. From 25 July to 8 August, the Singapore Science Festival 2020: Empowered by Science offers over 30 interactive events and activities that you can access anytime, anywhere at sciencefest.edu.sg.

Budding scientists and curious minds can get curious-er, dream big and harness the power of science to explore limitless possibilities. Humankind has invented the wheel to move heavy loads, the internet when we needed information 

When we needed to move heavy loads, we invented the wheel. When we wanted information at our fingertips, we invented the Internet. When we wanted to make the food we consume more sustainable, we invented plant-based meat (so realistic that it even bleeds). The human spirit is limitless. And with the power of science, the possibilities are endless, whether it’s curing cancer or living on Mars.

A dot becomes a blank canvas, the birth of an idea, and perhaps even the creation of something with the potential to change lives forever. A cell, a morsel, an atom. A speck in the universe, the start of endless possibilities, an invitation to discover — you get the gist. On that inspiring note, here are 6 highlights of the Singapore Science Festival that budding scientists won’t want to miss.

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

X-periment!

Date: 25 July to 8 Aug

X-periment! is a science carnival under the Singapore Science Festival that is jointly organized by Science Centre Singapore (SCS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The carnival is designed to connect the Research & Development (R&D) community with the public and showcase the many exciting fields of Science.

This year, X-periment! is going VIRTUAL and we are excited to bring you the latest innovations, developments and research by Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) research institutes, tertiary institutions, private and public organizations, at the comfort of your home. 

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

Science Buskers Festival

Shortlisted videos up on website and voting begins: 30 July

Voting ends: 5 August Winners to be announced: by 14 August

The annual Science Buskers Festival is here again! Organized by Science Centre Singapore and Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR), the competition aims to promote learning of science in an engaging way as well as generating greater interest in creative science communications and expressions. 

Buskers Festival contestants do a “show-and-tell” of their chosen science topic and winners are decided based on judges score as well as audience votes. The competition is done via video submissions this year.

Everyone gets the opportunity to vote for their favourite science buskers via SSF website.

Voting ends on 5 August and winners will be announced by 14 August. Check out our shortlisted science buskers and vote for your favourites in each category now!

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

Games and Quizzes

Challenge your friends and family to a game of trivia, let your hands run wild with our specially curated hands-on activities and take a thrilling adventure through different stories to uncover the mysteries of nature, chemistry and maths! 

  • Guess the Scientist
  • Guess the Invention
  • Guess the Discovery
  • The Adventures of Wallace and Walnut
  • Maths IS fun!
  • Vaccines
  • Escape the Chemystery Lab
Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

Science Whaaaat? Videos 

From foamy elephant toothpaste to an indoors hot air balloon, if you’re up for an afternoon of science-filled activities, these hands-on experiments are just the right dose of fun for you! Check out a series of videos that will get you asking “Science Whaaaat?!” 

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

David Price’s Science Made Simple

26 July 2020, Sunday 2pm – 3pm

1 August 2020, Saturday 2pm – 3pm

8 August 2020, Saturday 2pm – 3pm

Enrich your weekends with science busker extraordinaire, David Price as he shows us the secret science of water and sound as well as in the most unexpected places! David Price takes us on a learning journey on weekends from 2pm – 3pm live from the UK and anyone can join via this link.

  • Session 1: The Wonders of Water 26 July 2020, Sunday 2pm – 3pm
  • Session 2: Science in unexpected places 1 August 2020, Saturday 2pm – 3pm
  • Session 3: Music to your ears 8 August 2020, Saturday 2pm – 3pm 
Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

Virtual Record-breaking activity

8 August, Saturday 4pm – 5pm

Join through Zoom 

Join us via livestream from the comforts of your home as we attempt to set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records or the “Most number of people doing a science experiment together on an online platform”!

Photo: Science Centre Singapore
Photo: Science Centre Singapore

All you will need is: 

  • Milk
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Food colouring or Ink 
  • Cotton bud
  • Plate and droppers 

The Singapore Science Festival invites budding scientists and curious minds to reflect on the starting point of endless possibilities and to be curious of how they can harness the power of science for themselves. It’s a call to get curious, dream big and harness the power of science for our future. Check out the SSF launch video below:

Head over to sciencefest.edu.sg to learn more, and get all the updates on the Singapore Science Festival on their Facebook and Instagram.

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