The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) is back for its 20th edition this year from 25 July to 8 August, offering a fully and immersive digital experience! The theme of this year’s festival, Empowered by Science, is an invitation for young scientists and curious minds to get curious, dream big and harness the power of science to discover the limitless possibilities they can achieve.
The virtual festival will offer over 30 interactive events and activities for you to engage in, including the signature Science Buskers Festival, a fully virtual science exhibition X-periment! and livestreams from partners from across the world such as Science Busker Extraordinaire David Price and The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Science Centre Singapore, SSF 2020 will also aim to set a first-ever virtual science record for the Singapore Book of Records!
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Here’s what you can expect from this year edition of SSF as follows:
Supported By Partners From Around The World
With the support from the wider global science community, SSF will feature weekly live performances with Science Busker Extraordinaire, David Price, via livestream direct from the United Kingdom. Uncovering the extraordinary science behind things in our everyday lives, Price will take participants on an immersive and enriching learning journey as he shows us the secret behind the science of water and sound.
This comes in addition to SSF’s long-standing partnership with The Royal Institution of Great Britain, whose scientists Fran and Dan will be touring Primary and Secondary schools virtually through livestream sessions for an interactive show that puts food in a new light! Expect fire, explosions, chemical reactions and more as they show us the incredible amount of energy contained in the food that goes in our mouths.
Breaking Records With Science – Virtually!
SSF will also take up the challenge to set a new record with the Singapore Book of Records by attempting the “Most number of people doing a science experiment together on an online platform”. Organised on 8 August 2020, participants will simultaneously conduct the “Magic Milk” experiment, led by a Science Educator from Science Centre Singapore, via Zoom, to create a visually stunning experiment based on the scientific properties of surface tension using just milk, ink and dish soap!
A Revamped Classic
The Singapore Science Festival 2020 will kick off the 13th edition of The Science Buskers Festival, a trademark event where primary, secondary and tertiary students share their love of science through a show-and-tell demonstration. This year, all 40 shortlisted buskers will have videos of their performances uploaded on the SSF 2020 website, where viewers can vote for the most creative video, best science demonstration and best on-camera talents.
Other festival highlights to watch out for include:
- X-periment! – A virtual exhibition designed to celebrate the latest developments in STEM featuring interactive displays and activities, and opportunities to engage with scientists and innovators from A*STAR Research Institutes, tertiary institutions, private and public organisations.
- Story Quizzes – A collection of stories where participants can go on a fun, exciting and thrilling adventure to uncover the mysteries of nature, chemistry and mathematics!
- Trivia Series – Challenge your friends and family to a game of trivia! Put your knowledge to the test and see how many famous scientists and scientific discoveries you can recognise, guess the inventions that changed the world!
- Inventions that changed the world – Let your hands run wild despite being stuck at home with our specially curated hands-on activities. Using items found around the house and a little spark of creativity, learn about six inventions that have empowered mankind.
- Science Whaaaat? – From foamy elephant toothpaste to an indoor hot air balloon, if you are up for an afternoon of science-filled activities, these hands-on experiment videos will get you asking “Science Whaaaat?!
For more information about the Singapore Science Festival 2020, additional activities and workshops, visit sciencefest.edu.sg.