It was with much excitement that Asia’s first tinkering studio - The Tinkering Studio at Science Centre Singapore (SCS) Hall E was launched last Friday 22 January 2016 by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and a firm supporter of the maker movement in Singapore. Developed in partnership with the renowned The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, this studio features numerous activities that require participants to “think with their hands”.
At the launch, Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, SCS Chief Executive and Er Chong Kee Sen, Institution of Engineers Singapore President also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote science and engineering among the young. Both parties hope to strengthen their existing collaboration through talks, forums, symposia and various other outreach events.
SCS hopes that the young would visit The Tinkering Studio to immerse themselves in physical exploration and knowledge construction. To be sure, this is one place where you can see children’s faces light up with excitement upon making a discovery. And it is the wish of SCS that through activities at the studio, children will develop a love for science and experimentation.
The Tinkering Studio is a place that completely engages the children’s senses once they enter.
Scribble Bot –Visitors can create their own Scribble Bot, or drawing machine, with motors, wires, batteries and everyday materials and, in the process, learn about basic circuitry. At the end of the day, each design will be unique to its creator. Check the website for the activity schedule at http://www.science.edu.sg/exhibitions/Pages/TinkeringStudio.aspx
All said, The Tinkering Studio is a great place to explore as a family (admission is free for all Science Centre ticket holders). It is a time for parents to impart their hands-on skills to their children and for the children to learn to think with their hands. As Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of SCS, said: “learning through discovery and experimentation, tinkering, is what will stay with the students, the young for life.”
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