STEM learning (Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematics) is fundamental to your children’s academic development. However, the lessons don’t have to be dull and boring. Read on to find out places that offer fun and interactive STEM programmes for your child. BY CRYSTAL CHAN
What: Aspiring Engineers
Where: STEAM Engine @ Metro Centrepoint Level 5
When: Selected dates
Cost: $25. Click here to register.
Let your children learn the basics of machines and mechanisms at Duck Learning‘s Aspiring Engineers one-time workshop. The class is perfect for children aged five to seven years old and utilises LEGO Education Simple Machines set to make their learning experience more enjoyable.
They will learn the science behind simple machines such as gears, levers, pulleys, wheels and axles. Furthermore, they will get to build exciting models based on these simple machines.
Aspiring Engineers’ workshop lasts for 60 minutes and will be happening on selected dates. The next class will be on 14 or 21 July where the young ones will learn all about building cranes. Additionally, check out other STEM or STEAM workshops available on Duck Learning’s website.
Science Centre Observatory
What: Under the Planets – An Evening at the Observatory
Where: Science Centre Observatory (21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433)
When: 19 July
Cost: $17.60 per person (Science Centre member); $22 per person (Standard price – for participants three years and above). Click here to register.
Bring your children on a cosy and guided stargazing session at Science Centre Observatory and listen to the Science Educator’s stories about the vast galaxy. This will definitely be an eye-opening experience for your children to be amazed by the science behind the celestial wonders.
Science Centre Observatory’s guided stargazing session is available in two timings. The first timing is scheduled for 7.45pm to 9pm while the other is from 8.45pm to 10pm. Don’t worry if you missed the guided session. The observatory also offers regular stargazing sessions every Friday.
Do note that the programme is subject to weather conditions. Check out Science Centre Observatory’s Facebook around 6pm before the guided tour to receive weather updates before heading down.
What: Science & Tech Junior: Electrify
Where: Trehaus CoWork @ Funan
When: 24 to 26 July (9am to 1pm)
Cost: $298 (inclusive of materials). Click here to register.
Suitable for children aged four to six, this three-day workshop from Explorer Junior will transform their understanding of electricity. During the workshop, young explorers will experiment and learn about various insulators and conductors. Afterwards, they can create interesting models such as night lamps, vacuum cleaners, mobile fans and even buzzer alarms.
What’s more, look out for other STEM workshops like the Castle Adventures and Green Planet (also for children aged four to six). Castle Adventures is priced at $298 (inclusive of materials) and start classes from 29 July to 2 August (9am to 1pm). It aids in sparking your children’s creativity and allows them to develop critical problem-solving skills. Let your children design their own castles and help the princess and knights resolve challenges through the usage of electric circuits and 3D castle mazes. At the end of the adventure, they will also get to direct their own castle adventures in a stop-motion story.
Another interesting programme is the Green Planet workshop, which starts from 6 to 8 August (9am to 1pm) and highlights the global energy crisis. It teaches your children new innovations and alternative renewable energy sources meant to tackle this issue. Fun activities in the programme include building a water wheel, solar car and wind car. Each enrollment is priced at $498 (inclusive of materials).
Where: Our Tampines Hub (#02-83 Singapore 528523)
When: Every Saturday (9am to 10.15am)
Cost: $600 per term (10 lessons). Call 6966 0267 or contact email@example.com to register.
Engage your children in STEM concepts through play-based learning at Inventive Kids‘ KinderSTEM™ programme. Spanning across 40 weeks, the programme incorporates activities that deals with hands-on learning and application of real-world knowledge to nurture logical reasoning and problem-solving strategies in your child. Watch them turn 2D shapes into 3D figures and learn all about electrical circuits, gears and pulley systems.
Furthermore, see your child work in teams to form critical social skills that will definitely benefit them in the future. Not to mention, the KinderSTEM™ programme also nurtures important skills such as visual-perceptual abilities, cognitive processing and motor skills.
The KinderSTEM™ programme is suitable for five to six years old and lasts for four terms. Each term consists of 10 lessons.
Additionally, if your children are up for the challenge, enroll them into the LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Robotics Basic programme. The programme is for children aged six to eight and allows them to build their own robots and master the mechanics of basic programming.
What: Junior Robotics Engineers
Where: 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court #02-23, Singapore 179030
When: Every Saturday (12.30pm to 2pm) or Sunday (2.30pm to 4pm)
Cost: $398 per child. Click here to register.
Don’t miss out on WondersWork‘s Junior Robotics Engineers programme. The workshop introduces your children to the world of robotics through simple graphical programming, motors and sensors. Along the way, the programme will also help them hone important skills like observation, reasoning, prediction, critical thinking and problem-solving.
Meant for children between five to eight, Junior Robotics Engineers comprises seven weekly lessons. One programme lasts for one hour and 30 minutes. Classes are normally on Saturdays and Sundays (12.30pm to 2pm and 2.30pm to 4pm respectively). However, look out for new class timings on Sundays (9.30am to 11am) from 18 August onwards. Another new slot will be open for Fridays (4.15pm to 5.45pm) starting from 23 August. Both new slots are now open for registration.
Places are on first-come-first-serve basis. Register and make full payment at least five days in advance to the class to confirm your child’s place.