Local 'maker' culture gaining ground in Singapore

Local 'maker' culture gaining ground in Singapore

Now into its fifth year, the Maker Faire aims to celebrate and showcase do-it-yourself culture for people of all ages.

SINGAPORE: The country’s largest gathering of inventors, creators and tinkerers, the Maker Faire, will kick off on Jun 25 – the biggest since its first event in 2012.

Held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the two-day event will host 600 "makers", 330 booths and 78 workshops and talks, and an expected 20,000 participants.

Do-it-yourself enthusiasts will get the chance to tinker with projects in science, art, engineering and technology – such as a cotton candy shooter and do-it-yourself drones.

The event is one of the key highlights of this year’s Singapore Science Festival (SSF), which aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among youth, and to encourage participants to use design and engineering to create new solutions for everyday problems.

“Maker Faire Singapore is a family-friendly celebration of do-it-yourself culture combining innovation, creativity and resourcefulness. The event draws generations of Singaporeans and allows them to share knowledge and ideas,” said co-chairperson of the Singapore Science Festival Organising Committee Associate Prof Lim Tit Meng.

“Our youngest 'maker' this year is seven years old while the oldest is a retiree, and it’s great to see so many Singaporeans with a passion for science and design come together to create solutions for the future. There’s something for everyone at this festival of discovery, play and creativity,” said Assoc Prof Lim, who is also chief executive of Science Centre Singapore.

Maker Faire Singapore is organised by A*STAR, Science Centre Singapore, IDA Labs and SUTD.

Source: CNA/ww