Discover-it-yourself laboratory, educational and fun-filled activity in Singapore!
Be a scientist for a day at our discover-it-yourself laboratory!
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, School & Public Holidays, from 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021 | 10 am - 4.30 pm | Hall A @Science Centre Singapore | Fee: $4 - $12
Move through the stages of the Scientific Method guided by our facilitators, volunteers and, when available, guest scientists.
Stain a piece of chromatographic paper with coloured mixtures near one edge. “Stand” the paper upright, dipping the stained edge into some water. Each colour advances up the paper at a different speed, thereby separating out from the mixture!
Discover Tesla’s incredible Plasma ball - a clear glass device filled with noble gases with a high-voltage electrode at its centre! Place your fingertips on the ball (one at a time) and watch how the pretty glow of discharges appear to connect with them! It’s an electrifying spectacle at your fingertips.
How to get the most out of Scientist For a Day
You can enjoy Scientist For A Day on your own or with your family. We also welcome school groups. The exhibition is open to all visitors during the Science Centre's regular opening hours. However, the DIY Lab and its facilitators are only available at set sessions.
• Morning session: 10 am – 12.30 pm
• Afternoon session: 2 pm – 4.30 pm
For school-class or large group visits, other DIY Lab time slots can be pre-arranged through advanced booking only. More details are available here.
Accompanying adults are strongly advised to remain with their students or children to assist in and support their learning.
The Scientific Method
At school we learn about the ‘Scientific Method’ – use our lab to put it into practice.
The Scientific Method is a flexible process – a set of principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge, involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
It systematically engages one’s senses on an intriguing or enigmatic idea and uses our pre-knowledge, ingenuity and creativity to understand and resolve it – all in a methodical, analytical-logical manner.
Using the Scientific Method
Our facilitators will lead you through various simple but thought-provoking experiments using "inquiry-based" methods. This helps you to understand the scientific concepts underlying the experiments and familiarises you with the Scientific Method.
Steps of the Scientific Method:
observe a phenomenon
frame the problem/question(s)
list the salient variables
hypothesise an explanation linking the relevant variables
design the experiment
discuss the results
conclude on your hypothesis
For Schools or Large Groups
We welcome school and group participants to the Scientist For A Day Exhibition and its DIY Lab. Give your students hands-on practice in the Scientific Method!
Each DIY Lab Session for schools or groups can take a maximum of 30 students, is 90 to 120 minutes long, and must fit within our sessions:
Morning session: earliest start time is 10 am, latest start time is 11 am
Afternoon session: earliest start time is 2 pm, latest start time is 3.30 pm
The Lab Session
Students will carry out a simple experiment using the Scientific Method.
Singapore school groups may pre-select one of the following experiments using our Online Booking System (OBS).
Tour and other groups must book their session through our Corporate Sales team. We will contact you to finalise your choice of the experiment.
The choice of experiments are:
Timing with a Pendulum: how did Galileo measure the time of fall in his Tower of Pisa experiments? Remember that he didn't have smartphones with stopwatches!
Hooke's Law on Bungee Jumping: if you start a bungee-jumping business with only one bungee cord, how can it cater to the different sizes and weights of your customers?
Follow the Bouncing Ball: watch the bouncing ball rise and fall, and rise and find out why it always follows a pattern. What are the controlling factors?
Parallel and Series Circuits: which is brighter or better – bulbs in parallel or bulbs in series?
Centre of Gravity Balancing Act: learn about centre of gravity (CG), how to find the CG of anybody and ideas on equilibrium and stability. Where is the CG of a tightrope/high-wire walker/funambulist? How do they keep their balance?
The DIY Lab Session Programme includes:
A summary tour of selected exhibits and introduction to the Scientific Method (15 minutes)
A briefing-demonstration of your pre-selected experiment – realising your observational skills (15 minutes)
Conducting your experiment with facilitation, pre-planning required (60 minutes)
Discussing and concluding – which is better, an incorrect hypothesis or a not-wrong hypothesis? (15 minutes)