The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) had come a long way since its ambitious beginnings in 2000. For its 2014 edition, SSF is kicking things off in a big way.
With over 50 events, from forums and talks to performances and hands-on carnivals all across our sunny island, here are 10 SSF events that you should not miss.
1. Human Body Experience Exhibition
An interesting experience that is fun for all ages, get the ultimate inner-body experience with the Human Body Experience exhibition.
I have been through the body of Professor X, the man whose face you stare at before voluntarily walking down his throat, and it was quite the experience. Science Centre Singapore had certainly made a huge effort to make this exhibition as immersive as possible.
I got to feel how it was like to be next to a pair of lungs as it breathes, navigate through the immune system, and understand why really have to push when we need to s**t (trust me, the last journey through the anus one you need to squeeze through!)
The ticket to the Human Body Experience that also includes entrance to Science Centre Singapore costs S$20 for adults and S$15 for children. For full details, visit http://bit.ly/HumanBodyExperience
2. "The Dancing Scientist Shows" by Jeffrey Vinokur X-periment!
Jeffrey Vinokur has found success to inspire others about science in the most quirkiest of ways. The result of mixing a talented dancer with a brilliant mind and a mad passion about the science results in an all round entertaining show called "So You Think You Can Do Science".
This is the first time he is bringing his performance to Asia, and you can catch it at the following venues and timings. Each performance is 30 minutes.
- Show times at X-periment! @ Marina Square
- 18 July: 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:30pm
- 19 July: 12:00pm; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:30pm
- 20 July: 12:00pm; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 6:30pm
- Show times at Science Centre
- 21 July: 2:00pm; 4:00pm
- 22 July: 2:00pm; 4:00pm
3. Sci-fi Movie screenings and forum
Ever wondered about how logical some sci-fi movies are? Is Google not good enough to answer those questions? Then this SSF event is surely for you. Enjoy an afternoon or evening and watch 5 awesome sci-fi movies, then ask your burning questions about the movie to a panel of experts.
Here are the details:
- World War Z
- 22 July, 2:00pm - 5:30pm @ Bedok Public Library
- 24 July, 2:00pm - 5:30pm @ Woodlands Regional Library
- 25 July, 2:00pm - 5:30pm @ Jurong West Library
- 26 July, 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ Tampines Central Community Centre
- Pacific Rim
- 29 July, 2:00pm - 5:30pm @ Central Public Library
4. ArtScience Late Sandata
For one night only on 24 July, Elemento will perform with musical instruments created by Lirio Salvador using every objects such as bicycle parts, kitchen utensils and sensors amongst other things.
Accompanied with the vocals of Wawi Navarroza, get mesmerised by this extensive body of work called "Sandata" in a truly unique performing arts event.
5. Rhys Thomas's Science Circus
Just like Jeffrey Vinokur (The Dancing Scientist), Rhys Thomas is championing the wonders of sciences and captivating everyone that watches his performances.
Singapore doesn't have much of a circus culture, so Rhys Thomas's Science Circus is sure to be a refreshing experience for a family day out, featuring interactive comedy and high level circus tricks made possible with, you guess it, SCIENCE!
The Science Circus will be performing at the Science Centre from 25 July to 28 July with 2 sessions daily (2:00pm and 4:00pm). Each performance is 30 minutes.
6. Singapore Mini Maker Faire
In the culture of science, the result of inventions and creations and plentiful. Celebrating this DIY spirit is the return of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire.
There is sure to be a talk or workshop that will bring out your inner creator. Be at awe at the latest happenings of the local Maker scene and be inspired to get started on your own!
The Singapore Mini Maker Faire runs from 26 July (12:00pm - 9:00pm) to 27 July (10:00am - 6:00pm) at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre. Admission is free.
For more information, check out http://bit.ly/SingaporeMiniMakerFaire
7. STAR Lecture: Featuring the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
The STAR Lecture is a core part of SSF, bringing the world renowned Royal Institution Christmas Lectures of the UK to Singapore. It is a tradition that started in 1826.
This year's lecture is titled Life Fantastic by Dr Alison Woollard from the University of Oxford. She was the original presenter of the 2013 Christmas Lectures and with her, Singaporeans will explore the frontiers of developmental biology and dive into how all creatures on Earth are related in a show that will not disappoint.
The lecture will run for 3 sessions at the Mediacorp TV Theatre Caldecoot Broadcast Centre from 30 July to 1 August at 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Tickets goes for S$10.
For more information, check out http://bit.ly/STARLecture.
8. "Sidewalk Astronomy" sessions
When in Singapore, looking up at the night sky is disappointing compared to remote areas that doesn't suffer from light pollution.
Despite Singapore's vast cityscape of buildings, HDBs and street lamps that light up our country, there are still pockets of Singapore where we can view the night sky in awe. With the power of telescopes, Sidewalk Astronomy may be my favourite SSF event in this list!
A truly excited experience, be at 1 of 4 areas on 1 August from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
- SCOB - Science Centre Observatory
- Yew Tee: Outside Yew Tee MRT (Between Yew Tee Square and Yew Tee Shopping Mall)
- Paya Lebar Methodist School (Basketball court at level 3)
- Christchurch Secondary School
Be sure to bring you friends and family for a fantastic local community time under the stars!
9. Science Buskers Festival - Finals
There is something truly magnetic when the young at passionate about what they do. Their big ambitions that have yet to be restricted by the mental and physical strain of reality is sure to gravitate you to the Science Buskers Festival.
Held at the NEX atrium from 2 August (12:00pm - 6:00pm) to 3 August (11:00am - 4:00pm), be present as these young passionate minds are given the opportunity to communicate and express science in fun and creative manners.
Enjoy their "show-and-tell" and vote for your favourite buskers!
10. Sex Cells: A Science Musical
The title is surely intriguing enough for your to pay more attention to this SSF event than the other 9.
Finding it hard to explain your kids about how they came to be? This may be an interesting solution. Sex Cells: A Science Musical provides the answer to the question that usually leads to an awkward moment of silence with colourful displays of theatrical visuals, stories and song and dance.
The show goes from 21 to 22 August with 2 sessions daily (2:30pm and 4:30pm). Each show last 45 minutes.
For more information, check out: http://bit.ly/SexCellsMusical
Self-Driving Vehicles for Mobility-on-Demand
One reason for this SSF event being add as a bonus: seeing a self-driving vehicle in real life. Is there no better reason? Take a peak into what could be how we move in the world around us in this eye-opening talk and demo at the Marquee at the Science Centre on 26 July from 11:00am to 4:30pm.
There's also a 1 hour lecture at 2:30pm where you can learn more about the current research in achieving mobility-on-demand using autonomous vehicles in both pedestrian and road environments.
From sunlight to circuit boards: The art and science of print-making
What the reason for this SSF event being added on as a bonus? Not a self-driving vehicle, but having the opportunity to use 3D pens and create objects in front of your eyes in equally awesome.
Accessibility of 3D creation is fast becoming as easy as printing sheets of paper. While we transition into this new age, get a taste of it at this SSF event at the Senja Cashew Community Centre from 26 to 27 July.
The Singapore Science Festival is a wonderful time to get involved and be inspired. There are a lot more than what this list provides and you can learn all about it at http://www.sciencefest.sg/