Imagin8ors Booth @Maker Faire 2017

The 2017 Maker Faire Singapore was a lively and inspiring gathering of creators and inventors. Imagin8ors had the opportunity to co-create a special track for young children, a place where together with their families they “tinkered” and explored activities together.

Participants experienced four activities at the Imagin8ors booth: Toys Transformed, Catapults, Marble Maze and Spinning Tops.

 

 

 

[ Children building their catapults – variety of designs ]

Young learners thoroughly enjoyed tinkering, designing and making their own catapults and spinning tops. Through hands-on activities they learned science concepts creatively.

One of the most popular events at the booth was the catapult launch of pompoms toward the Imagin8ors display board. Often they redid their design by trial and error. Once successful, the children pinned their messages alongside the splash of color left behind by the pompoms. What a joyful sight!

From dreams to funny squiggles, children made sure their messages were right next to their target.

 

    

The 2017 Maker Faire turned out to be a great opportunity for children and parents to bond and have fun learning together. Check out this video for a glimpse of the flurry at the Imagin8ors booth; a place where making is cause for celebration.

We hope to see you once again next time!

Tinker Fest is back with a BOING!

Tinker Fest is a celebration of the Joy of Learning through play, exploration and experimentation, brought in partnership between  Science Centre Singapore & Imagin8ors). Join us from Dec 10 – Dec 18 for an exciting array of all day activities and workshops at the Tinkering Studio, Science Centre Singapore. Ideal for children (ages 3 and upwards) and parents.

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The theme for this edition of Tinker Fest is  Spring Fling! The activities and workshops are carefully designed to facilitate deeper, hands-on and minds-on engagement, to nurture imagination & creativity, and use technology purposefully to create.

Check out the activities in store :

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Sticks! Straws! Paper! Wondering what you can do with these?
Make your own glider and see how fast and how far it can glide through The Tinkering Studio!

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Boinngg….Boingggg….Get creative with some pipe cleaners and springs! Make your own hair bands, bracelets or anything new, that springs front, back and sideways. Try your hand at the various challenges at the Spring Wearables station.

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With just rubberbands and paper rolls, create and launch your own catapult. Aim….and release!

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1 Clothes peg, two frames and one story to tell. With colour papers and a few crafty materials, bring your story to life on a clothes peg. Interested to know what’s your story!

Besides the activities, we also have a series of fun and exciting workshops during the weekdays. Pre-register right here:

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Take the joy of tinkering home with the Imagin8ors App ‘invite-only’ beta :

At Tinker Fest, you could sign up to be invited to use our unique parent-child co-learning app that helps you build an early foundation of deeper learning and 21 Century skills. Get access to hours of fun, active learning content including tinkering activities, that have been carefully curated by our panel of teachers and parents.

Just by investing 10-15 minutes a day together with your child, you can nurture a joy of learning in your child and build skills like critical thinking, creativity, character traits and tinkering.

You can also be a part of our exclusive and growing community of Beta App users and get to meet and interact with like-minded parents.

 

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The Tinkering Studio Channel on our app helps your child and you to engage at a deeper level with the exhibits and activities at the Studio, and have access to related content that helps you to tinker and play together right at home!

Here’s what 2 of our active app users have to say….

Sara (Mom of 1 girl): “….It enables her to actually be able to do the stuff, to actually start making things…..I have never really seen any app like this ever.”

 

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Paola (Mom of 2 boys): “The short videos are at their attention span….the interactive bit, like the quiz part is something that is good….the app is really neat.”

 

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Join us at ‘Spring Fling’ from tomorrow till the 18th of Dec, 2016 only at Science Centre Singapore. Get creative, collaborate, have fun and experience the Joy of Learning and Tinkering.

Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

Tinker Camp weekend

Last Saturday, as part of ‘Cultivating a culture of tinkering at home’, excited children and parents gathered for Tinker Camp, at the Science Centre Singapore.

We witnessed the frenzy as busy hands and creative minds, were at work, gearing up for the big launch of a chain reaction – The Domino Effect.

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Junior Chef Tinkerer’s parents had a chance to tinker, collaborate, design and create Scribble Bots of various kinds. For most, it was their first time, and imagination had no bounds!
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Following this session, as a prelude to the upcoming TinkerFest (Dec 10-18, 2016),  we at Imagin8ors were afforded the opportunity to share views and key milestones of our company. Balaji Ramanujam (President and Co-Founder) set the context of the learning needs driven by a rapidly changing world. He led an open dialogue session together with Barbara Beaufait (Head of Learning), touching upon aspects of nurturing imagination & creativity for young children.

 

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Thoughtful questions and ideas were shared by several parents. They led us to think; How do we raise engaged, confident learners who are prepared to become tomorrow’s innovators? How do we make learning joyful and fun?

 

A parent shared a personal story, of how she engaged with her child who loves to tinker. This led to exchanges of ideas, such as ‘parent-child co-play’ and the use of the internet as a tool for solutions. Another parent had thoughts, on how she taps into the creativity of her child by asking him a series of questions such as ‘What if?’. All were in agreement of the critical role parents play in engaging and promoting joyful learning experiences for their children. 

 

We shared the beta version of the Imagin8ors app that is being developed, to enable the culture of tinkering at home, thereby giving parents many ideas and resources for deeper engagement and co-play. 
 
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The parent seminar culminated with the grand launch of the large, collaborative domino chain reaction comprised of wooden blocks, motors, balls, marbles and many other creative materials! The team spirit soared!

 

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TinkerFest, powered by Science Centre Singapore & Imagin8ors connects children, parents, educators and makers in a week-long celebration of the joy of learning through play, exploration and experimentation. Please join us for ‘Spring Fling’ at TinkerFest to experience the joy of learning. 
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Saturday, 10 December – Sunday, 18 December 2016.
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM

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