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KidsSTOP to help spark kids' interest in science

Parents will have a new place to bring their young ones when the June school holidays come round -- it is called KIDSStop, a new science centre specially designed for 18-months to 8-year-olds.

SINGAPORE: Parents will have a new place to bring their young ones when the June school holidays come round -- it is called KIDSStop, a new science centre specially designed for 18-months to 8-year-olds.

It is a learning playground for kids to take part in hands-on activities that spark their imagination, curiosity and interest in science.

Kids could become pilots and learn how a plane works, or surgeons to learn about the different body parts and organs, or even palaeontologists to learn more about dinosaurs.

There are 17 different zones in the centre, with each having their own activities.

One activity for example allows children to create a "flying machine", which they can then release into wind tunnels to see if their "machine" is able to take flight.

The centre aims to develop the interest of the young in science through interactive play.

Associate Professor Lim tit Meng, CEO of the Science Centre Singapore, said: "Every child is born a scientist... Through play, they can probably learn things better than we imagine... and we want to use KidsSTOP to enhance that innate nature and so our children will continue to grow their capacity.

"The sense of adventure and discovery -- I think it's good to instil that in our kids."

Around 650 have signed up for memberships so far.

KidsSTOP is located at the Science Centre but separate tickets are needed to enter KidsSTOP. Packages will be available for children keen to visit both centres.

The centre will also be rolling out new science education programmes that will cater to children as young as three years old to primary two students. This will come in the form of free programmes, worksheets and even story-telling and puppet shows.

The programmes aim to introduce science through engaging activities, facilitated by early childhood professionals and educators.

KidsSTOP opens on June 6. 

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