Celebration Of Science Builds A Smart Future


Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.51.20 AMSingapore’s annual celebration of science, the Singapore Science Festival, has come to a close with more than 110,000 people coming together at more than 30 events across the country.

Over the past six weeks visitors have been captivated by scientists, tinkerers and enthusiasts sharing the splendour of science. From learning how to survive in space at STAR Lecture, discovering how “supergelators” can clean up oil spills at X-periment!, creating a hovercraft at Maker Faire, to potion-making at the Science Buskers Festival, there has been something to spark an interest in science in everyone.

The extensive programme included lectures by world-renowned space medicine expert Dr Kevin Fong, founder of the Mixed Reality Lab Professor Adrian Cheok and data visualisation specialist Professor Anders Ynnerman, as well as performances by science entertainers The Flight Brothers.

Jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Science Centre Singapore, the theme for this year’s festival – “Build Your Smart Future” – celebrated the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in helping to achieve Singapore’s aim to become the world’s first Smart Nation.

Professor Alfred Huan, concurrently Executive Director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing, and Co-Chairperson of the SSF 2016 Organising Committee said it is encouraging to see that the building blocks of Singapore’s ambitions are well in place.

“Over the past six weeks we have seen some of Singapore’s top minds share how their scientific strides have placed us at the forefront of innovation and knowledge creation.

“Our goal of the festival was to highlight the importance of mastering STEM to build our agency for economic growth and generate positive outcomes in our health and urban systems. All of the activities that took place during the festival showed our young people how they can be a part of the creative force in science and help to shape the future of Singapore.”

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore and Co-Chairperson of the SSF 2016 Organising Committee, said this year’s festival has delivered many unforgettable experiences.

“We’ve seen how everyone can get involved in science, with over 110,000 Singaporeans joining makers, exhibitors, experts and budding scientists to share their interest in STEM.  Hopefully many of them become inspired to harness the power of STEM to create smart possibilities.

“While the Singapore Science Festival has come to a close for another year, we will continue to embrace the importance of science and work towards our goal of becoming a Smart Nation.

“We must continue to encourage our young people to take an interest in science, and highlight the opportunities it presents. I’m already looking forward to next year’s festival where we can see just how much closer we have come to achieving our Smart Nation goals.”

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