It was a buzzing weekend at Maker Faire 2017 where it was held in conjunction with Science Centre’s 40th Anniversary. Preschool Market is honoured to curate a space for pre-schoolers to be inspired and showcase their creativity with CreArTech.
Children were first treated to a 3D hologram story of Karung Guni Boy - the touching story written by Lorrainne Tan and wonderfully illustrated with cardboard images by Eric Wong. Children were fascinated by the 3D story that seems to pop out at them and could be viewed from 3 directions. Thank you folks at 3DforKids for the experience!
At Tinker Kit X Playmaker, children let their creative juices flow as they decorate their very own cat headband with various materials and light up the ears with LED bulbs. They then bring home their creations to inspire them to create more with art and technology!
Preschools also showcased their recycled games at Garden of Games, where they played their part for the environment through upcycling of unwanted materials such as cardboards, pipes, wooden chopsticks, foam mats and more. Young Smarties, started by a stay-at-home mum, helped to facilitate the play by the children and also showcased some self-made play and learning materials. Children also got a chance to try out technology toys from IMDA's Playmaker Project.
Enthusiastic community partners also joined us at our space. Making Project: Paper Making Once again, paper-artist Ricky wowed the crowd with his intricate and creative designs. Young and old were intrigued to see how plain paper can be turned into 3D pop-up, paper automata and how tetrapaks can be used to create upcycled books! Children also had fun playing with interactive games made out of paper.
Making Project: ArKIDecture Beep SG What has a hydraulic arm got to do with Architecture? An architect with a passionate heart, Albert initiated ArKIDecture Beep SG to spread the love of design and problem solving with children. Using design principals and inspiration that DaVinci innovated, Albert and his team shared their love for building through the process of how they created a Fluid driven hydraulic Arm that is able to move and rotate.
Community Project: Dream Big Playgrounds Under the lead of Big Dreamer, Sarah Lee-Wong, DreamBig Playgrounds returned for the second year with bigger dreams and bigger hearts. DBPG 2017: Let's All Play Together featured innovative inclusive playground design proposals by homeschooling designers aged 6-10 years old. Visitors to the booth not only learnt more about inclusiveness, the design and thought process of the young designers but also had a chance to sketch out their own dream playground!
Once again, we would like to thank all our partners for helping us make our space possible – 3D for Kids, ArKIDecture Beep SG, Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore), DreamBIG Playgrounds, Early Childhood Development Agency, Infocomm Media Development Agency, Paper Artist – Ricky, Tri-Wall, Young Smarties and the preschools which participated in Garden of Games - PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Bukit Batok East Blk 241 and Agape Little Uni@ Seng Kang. Many thanks to Maker Faire Singapore for the chance to participate as a community partner for a second year!
The Maker Faire is indeed a space to invoke passion and creativity where young and old get excited about tinkering with their hands and hearts for the good of the community at large. To learn more about other happenings at Maker Faire 2017, do visit www.facebook.com/makerfairesingapore.