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.

August Open House

Our Open House, is an invigorating time for Team Imagin8ors, filled with anticipation of meeting  some new tinkerers and welcoming back the older ones. For animated conversations, stimulating idea exchanges, some fearless tinkering and learning simply for the joy of it.

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We were ready to lay down the canvases, for the children to pour a little bit of themselves on. The loaded materials table beckoned the maker in all. Softly it whispered:”Come lets tinker!!” This month our treasure trove consisted of three exciting experiences for the children to explore- paper speaker, wind table and dream catching lamp.

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  1. Paper Speaker

Children created paper speakers and activated it using copper tape loops and Neodymium magnets. Lo and behold!! they could send audio signals through them! The more the number of loops, the louder the speaker! The children were exhilarated manipulating the sound levels, always preferring the rather higher notes.

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  1. Wind Table

The children got a crash course in basic Physics as they built a table that could launch objects when placed on it. They learned how to harness the kinetic wind energy using various materials. Their eyes lit up with delight as they wielded the power to swish, sway or float with the wind.

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  1. Dream Catching Lamp

The children and parents got messy together with clay, paper, neon paint, and glow in the dark glitter. Creativity flowed seamlessly as they dabbled with different materials to create their own unique lamp

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Oh! The energy levels were through the roof. It sure has got us charged and our creative juices flowing. How about you? Was it just as stimulating? We hope the journey you embarked on with us will continue back home. Do come back again to inspire us with your energy and bright ideas. See you next month.

Do not miss MAKER FAIRE Singapore This Weekend

 

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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!

Get Nostalgic This Weekend

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Images courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board

How about a spoonful of nostalgia this weekend? There is something for everyone – children, parents and

grandparents – at the third edition of Masak Masak at the National Museum. Get nostalgic

together as you explore six stunning installations which will remind you of the exciting

games of a bygone era. Discover engaging activities for the children put together by local

and international artists. Work with the artists to get a crash course in creating your own art

installation. For the art lovers, the students of School of the Arts and the National

University of Singapore Division of Industrial Design showcase some amazing artwork.

The games do not end here. How about designing your own board game? Or a bike? BIKES

4 FUN gives you an opportunity to build your own bike and ride it around the corner. The

event is on till 31 July 2016. So why wait till the last day? Head there now!

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Images courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board

Have radios intrigued you? How about a blast from the past this weekend? Head to the

National Museum with your children and learn a little more about radios as you explore their

“Celebrating Radio: Sounds from the Past” exhibit. Your child can be a radio DJ for the

day as he/she learns about the children radio shows of the past. The exhibit is for all maker

kids! Come and design a personalised vinyl record album cover or create a vintage radio

box. Take the 30-minute interactive tour with your child and learn a bit more about this

medium. Get a crash course in Singapore’s broadcasting history starting from 1930s in the

specially designed children’s activity area. The exhibit is on till 17 July 2016.

Images courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board

Images courtesy of the National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board

 

Playeum’s Hideaways: Team Imagin8ors Discovers What Lies Within

Last week Nia and I found ourselves at Playeum. After weeks of hearing about the Hideaways- Creating With Nature” exhibit we finally had a chance to experience it first-hand. As we walked past the pink elephant figurine, we were greeted with peals of laughter from some very happy tots. We saw a few Playeum facilitators handling a big group of school children. “Ok children, I want you all to move four bums back!!!”  Well that kind of sums it up – Playeum speaks a kid’s language.

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Getting just as excited as the young visitors we moved from section to section with our guide Vanessa. For each section the artist had a specific intention or thought in mind yet the whole exhibit flowed from one onto another. We moved around freely touching, experiencing, learning and getting to be one with nature. We saw many things that puzzled, intrigued and wowed us. Armed with questions and compliments we had a sit down with Jeremy Chu the Creative Director of the Hideaway exhibit.

Jeremy Chu: Creative Director Hideaways “Creating With Nature”

The setting felt so apt, as we sat under the trees discussing the various themes of nature, while Jeremy and Nia untied the knots from the drawstrings used by the kids to tie rattan. Jeremy shared that the location of Playeum played a big role in the “Creating With Nature” theme. Playeum in Gillman Barracks is surrounded by Hort Park, Southern Ridges and Labrador Park. Thus the inspiration, to develop some interesting and engaging narratives with children, around nature. The idea was to encourage them to cultivate a bond with the eco-system and get a better understanding of how their actions were impacting nature.

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Sound Web by Richard Kearns

Interestingly, Playeum has a Children Consultancy Board that has a big role in decisions regarding the exhibits. Who better than kids to tell us what kids love and enjoy!!! After many sessions of brainstorming a call was made to a group of extremely talented artists, and the hideaway exhibit slowly took shape.

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Welcome to my World – By The People’s Atelier

The exhibit demonstrates conceptual layering. There is a constant sensation of hidden truths and you are the explorer seeking the answers. This is a sensory journey with the constant message of recycling. For example the clay city built as a part of “Make Believe Hideaway” shall be the backdrop of a future stop motion animation workshop planned at Playeum.

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Knock Knock Sensory Bug Hotel

The behaviour of insects to stack and weave has always intrigued us and the same can be explored in “Welcome To My World”. Like a moth that uses leaves and petals children can add to the structure and create a giant insect habitat. Beautiful flowers donated every week by Floral Magic  are used by children to build nests and decorate the structures.

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Flowers donated by Floral Magic

“Knock Knock! Who Lives There” gives the children an opportunity to look at insect specimens through microscopic lenses. There is also a live feed of insects’ habitats set up on Playeum grounds playing on multiple screens. The entire set up is non-instructional where children are encouraged to translate the process into line drawings. Not just this children can drop small messages, questions or letters to the insects of their choice. As a part of the exhibit the artist does reply to the letters and queries put forth by the children. Making it as interactive as it can be.

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Knock, Knock! Who lives there? – By Isabelle Desjeux

Jeremy shared a beautiful story about a child who had visited the exhibit. She wrote a letter and instead of just posting it she created a diorama out of it. She merged the pictures of the insects, sound instruments she created and the letter to give it all her own voice. It was a cross pollination inspired by the exhibit, just the kind they were looking for.

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Creature Cave by Bartholomew Ting

As we bade goodbye to Jeremy and Vanessa and stepped out of this enchanted world, there was only one thing I knew for sure. I was going to return pretty soon!!!

 

Experience The World of Butterflies This Weekend

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Has the wobbly walk of a caterpillar ever caught your eye? Did you notice how its whole body twists like an acrobat? Would you like to view a butterfly under a microscope? Does it still look just as pretty? Come find the answers to all your queries while playing some fun interactive games. Science Centre Singapore and Butterfly Park, Sentosa brings you Butterflies Up-Close at the Science Centre Singapore.

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This summer learn about all that and many other phenomena associated with butterflies and their life cycle. Come and have a unique sensory experience with your children this weekend. The exhibit has been on since 30th April 2016 and is designed for children of ages 3 years and above. The whole family can step into the indoor butterfly enclosure and get familiar with over 16 different butterfly species. So what are you waiting for over 500 beautiful butterflies await you!!

 

June Open House

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It’s the first Saturday of the month and Team Imagin8ors welcomes you to their monthly Open House. A space to spark imagination for children (ages 3-10) and parents, to tinker with technology, and indulge in some free unstructured play. Meet like-minded parents, make new friends, and swap views on the fascinating learning needs for today’s children! The experience is absolutely free only registration required.

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This month, we have three exciting experiences for you to explore:

  1. MicroWorld

Using USB Microscopes capable of 200x magnification, your child enters a whole new world of micro objects, such as plants and animal cells! After taking the pictures your child will learn how to prepare slides. The snapshots of microscopic objects and life forms, will be then incorporated into Scratch™ animation. Their fantastic interpretations of the MicroWorld will fuel their imagination. So come to have a closer look at the micro-organisms and use coding to spin out some great stories!!

 

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  1. Conductive PlayDough

Never heard of PlayDough conducting electricity before? Come to the Imagin8ors Open House and you can see it happen! Join us, use our recipes to create your own conductive Playdough, in your favourite colour! Light it up with LED lights, and get as far as you imagination takes you!

 

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  1. Build Your Own Arcade!

Do you like playing Arcade Games? It sure will be fun to have one of our own. Why don’t you create one with us? Design the rules, build it with our wide array of fun and colourful materials, and play!

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This is a community event and we would like to spread the joy of learning, a maker mind-set, and an appreciation for technology to as many people as possible! Join us in this cause and invite your friend to join too. It will be fun!

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016

1030am – 1230pm

Where: The Meeting Point @ JTC Launchpad,

73 Ayer Rajah Crescent

Near One-North mrt

Register Now!!!

Explore Technology this weekend in Singapore

Kids having a hands on fun experience with technology.

Explore technology with your kids

Daya from team Imagin8ors  just had a mind-blowing experience with his daughters at the Future World, ArtScience Museum. The exhibit has 15  interactive all immersive experiences designed to spark your child’s imagination. After our chat I am all geared to step into this digital interactive space with my son. How about you?

MOSH Sentosa, is a brilliant amalgam of technology and creativity where kids can experience imagination come to life in an innovative manner. MOSH! has  five technological experiences divided into– Air: Paper Plane Adventure; Space: Fireworks Party; Sea: Doodle Aquarium; Land: Hide-and-Seek Table; and Fantasy: World of Wonder.  A perfect place to unleash your creative juices and let technology take it forward. So how about giving the usual stuff on the island a miss and trying out some digital media edutainment?

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