Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Science Centre and Outdoor Play

Remember our family of three (going to be four very soon!) are Cosmic Adventurers of the Singapore Science Centre? So naturally we go to the Science Centre pretty often, with visits getting more intensive now as long as my tummy permits. When #2 arrives, we will not have such luxury for at least some time already...  :)

The Science Centre big and full of interesting exhibits which is like totally impossible to complete in one or two days! Other than what i have covered previously about the Science Centre, today i will be covering on another part of KD's favorite hunt!

Fire Tornado Demonstration at 3pm daily except Mondays at the Courtyard

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This is by far KD's most favorite exhibition. Just the images alone feels magnificent right? It's actually more amazing to watch it live... and very hot too!

KD had seen it so many times that he could reply out loud whenever the presenter asked the audiences what are the three items necessary to start a fire! Namely
i) Oxygen which is found in the air surrounding us,
ii) Fuel which can be in form of liquid or solid
iii) The initial spark which is heat

KD has wowed primary school audiences before, LOLx! The older boys were amazed by this little boy when he shouted out loud oxygen.. same for me! I think i influenced him a lil too much! ;p




Uncle Einstein climbing up and down the rope all day long 

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Kd always fascinated by why this uncle is climbing up and down all day long.. and he will stand very long to watch and shout for "Uncle!! Come down now!! Come down!! You cannot climb so high!"




Lost?

It's ok! There are computerised interactive guides situated around Science Centre which u can access and find your way around.

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Kinetic Garden

Located at the entrance of Science Centre. No payment required to enter.
Average time spent at this area: 30 to 60 minutes

This is another interesting part of Science Centre which i myself love too! Serving as a frontage to welcome visitors to the Science Centre, the Kinetic Garden is a unique outdoor exhibition which demonstrates certain scientific principles and phenomena that would be difficult to create in an indoor setting! Through this "playground", we get to discover the inter-relationships between the different forms of energy and much more through interactive and interesting exhibits such as those below:




Walk Your Height!

Walk along the prank until you see the lights reflected and you can find out your own height!

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Walk your weight!

Try an innovative way of finding out your own weight: Walk along the plank and try to balance the heavy metal ball with your weight. Once in balance, your position on the plank indicates your weight. The other way round, if you know your weight, you can work out the weight of the metal ball.

The setup here is based on the principle of a lever. When in balance, the weights of two objects on either side of the fulcrum multiplied by their respective distance from the fulcrum are equal.

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Walk-a-long balancing Beam

I asked KD to try balancing himself and walk along this beam... Look on to see how is his attempt! 

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He really made me chuckles out loud!!




Drums

Hit the different drums and find out why they sound differently!

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Hit the Pipes

Hit the openings found below the pipes with our open palms quickly to make music!

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Lithophone

Lithos" means stone and "phone" is Greek for sound. So, a lithophone is a musical instrument made of rock or stone. Come and play a tune on this 'ancient' musical instrument.

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Jumping Net!

It's really fun to bounce on this springy net! I couldn't resist and also tried it myself at 35 weeks of pregnancy.. opps.... ok, at least it's confirm can withstand adult's weight too!

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Magic Swing

The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. However, energy can be transferred, and one form of energy can often be readily transformed into another. Try the Magic Swing, which doesn't just demonstrate the back-and-forth transformation of potential to kinetic energy, but also lets you observe how energy can be transfered from the swing to a pendulum that is connected to the swing, and back again.

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Psst, as i completed writing this blog which took me a few days to compose now my energy is so low, we are heading out to the Science Centre later for lunch and fun again! ; )


4 comments:

  1. Ting, so sad that you are no longer on Wordpress cos I no longer get your blog posts on my Wordpress reader :p
    Hehe. Anyway this sounds like a lot of fun! Even I myself have not been to the science centre in more than a decade I think. Shall go check it soon with Aly!

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  2. Hi Zee,

    Hee, sorry for the inconveniences caused! Thank you for still dropping by! I still sign in to my wordpress to read your blog though, and i realised that i can add your blog address into blogger so i can read from there too! You might want to try and trial blogger too! ;p

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    1. Haha I was kidding la! I will still drop by and read your posts for sure. Anyway, I have moved to a self hosted site already so don't think it makes sense for me to be switching platforms. Sometimes my new posts don't even appear on the Wordpress reader anymore. I have no idea how it works :p but I've just received a google plus notification from you! Quite cool!

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    2. Lol!! The blogger is quite cool! I just added like half the list of smb blogs so everytime i login I can read them just like Facebook status updates like that. I think this is the replacement of Google reader and is integrated into blogger.

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