Have you ever wondered what these myriad bugs are up to, as they busily flit, glide and crawl around on some urgent secret mission? What actually is their daily agenda? If only we could get a sneak peek into their logbooks to glean what’s going on in the secret life of the bugs.
At Tinker Fest, curious children and parents armed with a camera, selfie stick and macro clip-on lenses stepped into the Eco Garden at Science Centre Singapore to seek answers to such questions and more!!!
They had a whale of a time looking for bugs. They used the Macro Clip-On Lenses and captured zoomed in pictures of them and their environments. Nature looks so different up close! They were enthralled by the intricate patterns and designs they discovered.
Once they had a picture that inspired them (which was after many many clicks) they trooped indoors to create bugs of their own. As they got messy with the materials giggling over their creations, something magical took shape.
Empathy – care and compassion is a foundational 21 Century capability, one critical for happiness and success in an increasingly complex, automation-driven world. Our children will need to be skilled at connecting with unsolved, tough-to-solve human and social problems, they will need to collaborate extensively with others, respecting and working with the diverse perspectives that different people bring.
Experiences like the Secret Life of Bugs help in nurturing Empathy. Children reveled in the joy of demystifying the bugs around them and getting to know them more closely. Our little sleuths not just solved a few mysteries but developed a connection with these tiny creatures.
Would you like to unravel such mysteries too? How about visiting the Tinker Fest at Science Centre Singapore? Or simply do-it-yourself at home with your child. All you need is a phone, a selfie stick, a macro clip on lense and some curiosity. Come join the revolution… Tinker and spread the Joy of Learning.
It was indeed a light bulb moment when we thought of Imagin8ors On The Go. What an opportunity for us to bring the Joy of Learning to your very doorstep! To meet wonderful children and parents and together create an environment where we could children could tinker, have fun and learn hands-on. Where we could have a conversation with parents on on why this is important.
In today’s fast changing, tech-driven world, it’s become even more critical to nurture imagination and creativity in our children, so that they could apply the knowledge they learn in original, novel ways that machines cannot replicate easily. We need to build a strong foundation of character traits like curiosity – always asking questions, seeking to understand etc.; critical thinking – to help them analyse and solve unstructured problems , courage – embracing failure as a necessary part of the creative process, and collaboration – sharing and learning from others. These are part of what is talked of as 21st Century skills or capabilities.
With this in our hearts Imagin8ors visited Costa Del Sol and Costa Rhu and we spent a happy day transforming old toys – a great way to put to practice the very same 21 century capabilities. The output from children and parents was simply amazing… Fisher-Price should be taking notes.
Children landed at the event and set about sketching what they were planning to transform their toy into. Their imagination ran wild with no boundaries or rules to stifle them.
Parents and children collaborated together and it was heartening to see them equally involved as they sketched and planned for a toy of their own.
Once everyone had a plan on paper it was time for some action. Out came the screwdrivers and the dismantling began. We witnessed a lot of focus as the children went about systematically taking toys apart. Curious little beings showed so much delight to get a peek into how their toys worked.
Once the toy was taken apart they had all the ingredients to make magic. The raw material from the toy, additional stuff from our materials table and their creativity – when these three met sparks did fly!
The children spent the time discussing, tinkering and modifying their toys. They would also go around looking at others’ creations-in-the-making to get ideas and inspiration.
Parents rolled up their sleeves, got messy and helped their children through the transformation process.
In the end we had some very happy children who had actually built something guided by their fluid imagination. As the journey was made with their toys and parents, the euphoria at the end result was so much more.
It was a happy moment to see the parents and children rejoice, having created something new and unique to take home. When it is all about the journey the destination always comes as a pleasant surprise.
What are your views on nurturing 21st Century Capabilities in children? Would you like us to come to your doorstep too? Join the conversation…
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!
How about a spoonful of nostalgia this weekend? There is something for everyone – children, parents and
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!!!
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.
This month, we have three exciting experiences for you to explore:
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!!
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!
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!
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
The Tech-Artists Holiday Camp is designed for our young artists to imagine, create, and bring their ideas to life with technology! They will be adding a technical twist to their creations made from a range of arts and craft materials. Children will be placed in groups with similar aged buddies to guarantee optimal learning and collaboration with their peers. There are 4 workshops for this Tech Artists Camp. ElectriCity (June 7), Colors Osmosis (June 8), Build Your Own Instrument (June 9), and Puppet Theatre (June 10) .
After a very exciting Tech-Artists Camp last December one of the parents shared ,” What I like the most about this programme is the exposure to the concept/environment for the child to express his creativity.”
How about exploring some artistic creativity with your child these holidays? You can choose to either sign up for individual workshops or the complete Tech Artists Holiday Camp. See you there!
Camp Dates: 7th June 2016-10th June 2016
Time: : 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: The Meeting Point @ JTC Launchpad
73 Ayer Rajah Crescent,