SINGAPORE: This year's Singapore Science Festival aims to broaden the public's perception of science - that "science is not just for the scientists".
At its media preview on Wednesday (Jul 13), organisers said this year's festival revolves around the theme Build Your Smart Future, by celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as the building blocks to create a Smart Nation.
The event, jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Science Centre Singapore, will see more than 30 activities taking place across the island until Aug 5, and is expected to attract about 165,000 visitors this year.
A highlight of the festival is X-periment!, which will be held from Jul 15 to 17, showcasing the role of science in Singaporeans' daily lives. Exhibits on display will include an invisible raincoat, breakthroughs to fight dengue, as well as "supergelators" that can clean up oil spills.
Science and busking will meet at the Science Buskers Festival, held from Jul 16 to 17. It will feature 34 groups, made up of primary school students to adults, who will present their own experiments - such as an erupting volcano, and a self-made plane.
“What I hope people will take (away) as they walk through the exhibits would be the sense that Singapore is very much a part of this science and technology journey,” said Professor Alfred Huan, executive director of the A*STAR Graduate Academy. “We are coming up with our own science, we are coming up with our own technology. We’re making our own impact in the world. At the end of it all I hope the public will get the sense that science is not just left for the scientists.”