Singapore Science Festival 2017 Opens with More Than 50 Activities for Everyone
Singapore Maker Extravaganza to present largest-ever Singapore Maker Faire
The month-long Singapore Science Festival (SSF) returns in its 17th edition with an expanded suite of offerings, including the largest Singapore Maker Extravaganza in Singapore, to encourage stronger curiosity about science and innovation. Themed ‘Future Health’, SSF 2017 will connect local and international changemakers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics community to offer informative and inspiring content for every participant. SSF 2017 is jointly organised by Science Centre Singapore, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
In line with the theme of ‘Future Health’, SSF 2017 will showcase the development and use of innovative approaches in science and technology that would support the transformation of healthcare to one centered on the well-being of patients and caregivers. This will be presented through a suite of activities, from lectures and talks, to workshops and interactive games, designed for participants of all ages.
“Science and technology have played an important role in the advancement of healthcare, and will have the potential to improve our everyday life. We’re excited to present SSF 2017 and celebrate innovations that are relevant, creative and presented in fun and interactive ways. We hope that more visitors will enjoy the wide range of multi-sensory activities offered during SSF, and that it will inspire visitors young and old to discover science and innovation in their own way,” said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.
Taking place from 20 July to 19 August 2017, SSF 2017 presents festival-goers with an exciting line-up of more than 50 activities, curated to inspire both young and old in scientific discovery and innovation. This year’s programme line-up features refreshed returns of crowd favourites like X-periment! @ one-north Festival, Singapore Maker Extravaganza, STAR Lecture and Visual SG.
“Every year, the Singapore Science Festival highlights the profound contributions of STEM to both economic and societal outcomes. This year’s focus on the future of health is particularly pertinent, given our rapidly ageing population and also a general increased awareness of the importance of individual health and wellness,” said Prof Ng Huck Hui, Executive Director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy, and the Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR. He added, “We hope that this year’s festival encourages young people to take a greater interest in scientific research that impacts health and more, and inspires them to take a more active role in the STEM community – be it as makers and hobbyists, or future scholars and academics.”
One of the biggest highlights this year is the Singapore Maker Extravaganza. The combination of the Maker Summit, Maker Conference and Singapore Maker Faire will offer useful tips in twinning critical and creative thinking with the application of technology and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Other Festival highlights include:
- X-periment! @ one-north Festival, a two-day science carnival that celebrates the latest development and cutting-edge innovation on the theme of Future Health;
- Singapore Maker Extravaganza, consisting of the Maker Summit, Maker Conference and Singapore Maker Faire, which spotlights the growing maker movement in Singapore;
- Visual SG, a key visualisation festival in Singapore with interactive displays, forums and workshops. Hear from an impressive line-up of speakers at the Visual Frontier Forum including Victor Luo (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Adrian Tout (Google), Robert Jenkin (Wildfire Entertainment), and more;
- STAR Lecture, titled “Supercharged: Fueling the Future” by Professor Saiful Islam, who is from the department of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, UK;
- Singapore Buskers Festival, which showcases how science enthusiasts from all walks of life communicate and express science in fun and creative ways;
- NanoGirl Science Show, which brings science out of the classroom with interesting science experiments on stage.
More information about SSF 2017 can be found here.