Tinker Fest Sneak Peek!

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We are excited to partner with Science Center Singapore to bring you Tinker Fest, a week long celebration of the joy of learning through play, exploration and experimentation. The theme of the festival is “Nurturing 21st Century Learners” and the how tinkering enables that.
We arranged a  sneak peek to the festival on Aug 26th, and invited a few special guests to interact with the Tinkering Studio and Imagin8ors teams. It was a stimulating experience tinkering with our special guests. It was heartening to see everyone roll up their sleeves and let the joy of learning flow seamlessly.
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They viewed the Imagin8ors challenges on offer and worked their way through it, learning just the way the children would at the Tinker Fest!
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Here’s Weiling Ang from One Maker Group making paper helicopters and balloons and landing them safely, testing out their flight-worthiness on the wind table!
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Here’s Sonal from Urbandesis trying out the Bouncing Marble challenge at the Sneak Peek session!
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We have lots of all day activities and challenges for you and your child to tinker with! Join us also for 5 exciting workshops to take a deeper dive. Click on the image to go to our event brite page.
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We also revealed the beta version of the Imagin8ors app that we are working on with Tinkering Studio and other partners. The app will help take a culture of tinkering to homes and schools, giving parents lots of resources and ideas to inspire the joy of learning in children!  Watch this space for more details…
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At Tinker Fest, we invite children, parents, educators, makers and artists to experience how tinkering can help build an early foundation of these 21st century capabilities. Join the dialogue by participating in the parent and educator panel sessions.
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Here’s what Natalya Twohill, CEO of Kiddet had to say about the parent panel session – ‘We are very excited for the parent panel sessions. Its important for us and Kiddet as well to find out just what parents are thinking about. I think, we are that stage in education where parents are looking beyond the classroom, beyond the traditional tuition methods for teaching their kids new skills and we are excited to see what TinkerFest does and the projects that the kids are going to be doing here and we will definitely be back!”.  Clink here – https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/raising-joyful-learners-parents-dialogue-at-tinker-fest-tickets-26900844149 to register for the parent panel dialogue session.
So what are you waiting for? Come and join us at the Tinker Fest from and join us to spread the Joy of Learning.

Do not miss MAKER FAIRE Singapore This Weekend

  weekend wonder Imagin8ors   If you haven’t made plans to head to the Maker Faire Singapore 2016 this weekend, you should! At this family friendly event, your child and you can meet an army of crafters, techies, artists, engineers, scientists and tinkerers and participate in fun interactive learning and play-based workshops. Immerse yourselves in hands-on activities and discover the inner maker and the curious kid who just like to build things. The Maker Faire offers many opportunities for parents to expose children to the staggering breadth of creativity (arts, music, technology, electronics, robotics, building, handicrafts, you name it) and the increasing interconnection between disciplines. Participating in non-instructional, hands-on tinkering activities could offer you and your child to experience and work with ambiguity, to teach them that many times there are no right or wrong answers, and to learn on how to take failure in your stride to iterate and create something of meaning. So what are you waiting for? See you there! When: 25 th June 2016 – 26 th June 2016 Where: Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD); 8 Somapah Rd, 487372 About the Maker Faire : The Maker faire is a showcase of the Maker Movement. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. In these 10 years, it spread across the world, with Maker Faire Singapore becoming one of the most prominent in Asia. Maker Faire Singapore is organised by the Singapore Science Center, and attracts thousands of attendees. Click on Maker Faire Singapore 2015 Highlights to view a video to give you a feel for the excitement in store!

Learnings from the Kitchen Garden

open mic picture   Rachna Singh, a Singapore based mother of two daughters who are like chalk and cheese. A collector, a writer, a gardener,a mother and a terrific friend; she is indeed a force of nature. Picking up each new thing in life with such enthusiasm and energy she is a constant source of  inspiration to everyone around her. MAAAA….. I am bored. Oh dear Lord!!!….she is bored. AGAIN!!! And thus began the holidays for my five-year-old Eesha. A sack full of untapped energy, who needed to be positively and constructively challenged every waking hour. Ignoring her, I went about tending to my plants lovingly. “Can I do that please?” Eesha asked and I indulged her. This set the Sumerian wheel of gardening on the roll. In went the whole jug of water in a single plant and water spilled all over the place. It was time for her first lesson – “water conservation”. How to use water, a  scarce natural resource, without wasting it. When Eesha accidentally plucked out few healthy saplings along with the weeds, I told her about deforestation and imbalances in our ecological system. She absorbed all this new information not deterred by the big words thrown at her. An organic fertilizer made of egg shells, vegetable and fruit peels was our next project .She learnt about being cost effective and recycling. I did make a passing reference to soil pollution and how our fertilizer was more eco-friendly. She was struck by the term “eco-friendly”. “Ma, I think I‘ll call my next doll eco-friendly. Now that made me smile. In some mason jars we put layers of coloured pebbles and compost mixed soil and planted cacti plants with tiny red and yellow flowers. Forever the artist Eesha wrapped a dainty little green ribbon around the bottle. And our lovely glass garden terrarium was born. As I was snipping away some mint leaves, for my tea, I was tempted to start an herb garden and I shared this with Eesha. Jubilant at the idea we painted and decorated the cans. We personalised it with ladyfinger imprint patterns. Basil, sage, thyme, rosemary, alfalfa sprouts, cherry tomatoes and oriental capsicum all found a little can of their own. In the process, Eesha learnt the names and spellings of different herbs and understood the difference between herbs, fruits and vegetables. I also helped her understand the nutritional benefits of eating different coloured fresh produce. But would she have the patience to wait? I was in for an unexpected surprise. For the next two months, Eesha meticulously and lovingly looked after her plants. Few times, I also caught her spray bottle in hand talking sweet nothings to her baby plants. In August, my baby’s birthday month our herb garden was in full bloom, and what a sight. In a moment of pure genius Eesha suggested a gardening themed birthday party. I sure was impressed. Off we went to the market to collect our supplies. At her birthday party each kid was handed a clean empty can to decorate and plant herbs of their choice. Once they were done it was time to make their own vegetable pizzas. Oh the excitement of trimming fresh herbs and scattering it over their pizzas. We further topped it with colourful cherry tomatoes and capsicums. Everything from the kitchen garden. The kids polished off the pizzas in minutes. Amazed I mused, an activity meant to keep my kid busy in her holidays had reaped such rewards. I saw a more patient, knowledgeable, responsible and happy kid running around in the house. That night, she hugged me and said that this was her best birthday ever, I couldn’t help beaming and hugging her back. I knew she really meant it. Have you done something recently with your child which has reaped unexpected rewards? Do tell.  

 Mapping It Out

open mic pic- Imagin8ors     Sia Mitra blogger, painter, needlework artist, mother – a woman with fingers in many pies. Living a busy life juggling numerous interests and responsibilities, but her daughter always comes first. Doing many projects together is how this mother-daughter duo bond and have fun together. Hear this Delhi based powerhouse speak about one such holiday project. Rummaging through some old documents, one manic Sunday, I stumbled upon some old maps. They were detailed, familiar and drawn with exclusively me in mind, by my husband. Gazing at the yellowing paper, I wistfully recalled, how they used to be my sole guide before the smart phone. Peeping over my shoulder my seven–year-old daughter was intrigued, “What is that?” “It is a map, dear. “ As Darling Daughter ogled it, a fabulous idea germinated in my mind. “Would you like to make some maps?” My query was met with an enthusiastic affirmative. Cartography, the art of charting maps, initiated by the Greeks and Arabs, has been around for centuries and now it was time for the mother-daughter duo to get busy too. But first a quick lesson before we ventured into unchartered territories. “Listen,” I explained “A map is a pictorial representation of an area, with certain predefined symbols used to show the various objects. For example a box with a red cross depicts a hospital. Most of the symbols used in the map are defined and are called legend. Another important aspect of a map is the direction.” Next morning to understand directions better we stepped out in the garden. “Now which side is the sun?” I queried. Darling Daughter dutifully pointed towards the East. “Let us stand facing the sun. The direction you are facing now is East. Your back is towards the West. Your left hand depicts North and the Right depicts South.” This is the simplest way to get the hang of directions. Of course you can use an instrument called the compass to know the directions. The needle of the compass always points towards the North. In a map, it is customary to depict the orientation with the help of a North arrow. map pic 4 Armed with this knowledge we set off for a short stroll from Darling Daughter’s school (My School) to a nearby school (ABC School). As we walked, I asked her to make a note of the major landmarks we passed. After a leisurely stroll, we sat down on a park bench and drew a picture of the route, marking the landmarks. I encouraged her to draw as many items as she could. At this juncture we were not making maps to scale. After she finished, the following picture emerged. open mic imagin8ors -1 This was still a drawing and not a map. To achieve that we had to replace objects with symbols. I introduced her to some of the standard symbols used for map making. She designed the rest of the symbols herself. After some hectic designing these are the symbols we settled on. map pic 2 Now we inserted the symbols in our original picture. The general paths remaining the same. Now it looked more like a representative map :-

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We both grinned ear to ear as we marched back clutching the map like a trophy.  Definitely a fun fruitful morning. Sadly before I could bask for two minutes in the glory of it all, I was bombarded with questions about distances and shortest route. Well what can I say, parenting and learning go hand in hand, so the lessons continue. Have you ever gotten your child to create a map? What was your experience like? Do share…  

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