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Science Buskers Festival 2016

Come join us in Science Buskers Festival 2016!

It is a festival that encompasses the idea of developing the individual's communication skills through expressions of science in creative manners. Organized as a competition, this event serves as an excellent platform to spread key messages relating to the importance of inspiring an interest in science. During the competition, contestants will do a "show-and-tell" on any science topic, and judging will be based on audiences' votes and judges' scores.

What is Science Busking?

  • Science Busking is an effective way of communicating science.
  • Science Busking takes live demonstrations and interpretations to people.
  • Science Busking is very live, very interactive, and can be very rewarding!

Who and how to participate?

  • If you are aged between 7 to 70
  • You can participate as an individual or as team with no more than 3 members.
  • We will be having a briefing session for Science Buskers Festival 2016 on 19 February 2016 at Science Centre Singapore. During the briefing, we will be sharing how the competition will be this year, and past judges will be sharing on tips of how to improve your performance!
  • If you are not sure how science busking is done, come down for the workshop on either 7 or 8 April 2016 at Science Centre Singapore and see how it is done! Workshop spaces are limited to 6 per school and are on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • You can find the registration forms for each event here. Please note the deadline of registration.

The main categories are:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Tertiary
  • Open!

Teachers' Briefing Slides

Click here to view the slides on the Teachers' Briefing conducted on 19 Feb 2016.


Judging Criteria

40% Science Communication

- Explanations of demonstrations shown must be scientifically accurate, and use scientifically precise and correct language without overwhelming the audience with jargon. 

- Ability to explain science concepts in everyday language without compromising on the science accuracy.
30% Showmanship

- Ability to engage, interest and excite the audience.
- How much ‘wow’ factor in the busking.
- Ability to make the audience feel inspired and walk away with the feeling that they have learnt something.
30% Setup, Costume, Overall look and feel

- Creative and innovative ways of showcasing demonstrations.
- Blending of the look & feel with the science concepts presented.
- Creative booth design concepts.

You could win:

The top three winners of each category in the Science Buskers Festival will be awarded both cash prizes and a one-year renewable Science Buskers Festival Artist Engagement where they will be engaged by Science Centre Singapore to perform on a per need basis.

Prizes Cash
Champion (from each category) S$500
1st Runner Up (from each category) S$400
2nd Runner Up (from each category) S$300
Best Costume Award S$100
Voters' Choice S$100
Judges' Award (up to 3 prizes) S$100

Science Buskers Festival 2015 held on 11 and 12 July 2015 at Vivo City has been a resounding success, a big thanks to all the participants who put in a “buskerlicious” performance! The buskers busked in front of 8 judges this year and we are glad to announce the winners below! Congratulations to all the winners!

Science Buskers Festival 2015 Winners! 

Primary Secondary Open/Tertiary
Champion International Science Spies
(Chua Chu Kang Primary)
5.1 CAP
(NUS High School of Maths and Science)
Hocus Pocus
1st Runner Up VR Science Miracles
(Bukit View Primary)
Smart Scientist
(Overseas Family School)
(Temasek Polytechnic)
2nd Runner Up 3 Houdinis
(Rosyth School)
Three Musketeers
(Beatty Secondary)
Now you see, now you don’t
(National Junior College)

Best Costume Science Star
(Chua Chu Kang Primary)
Voters' Choice International Science Spies (Chua Chu Kang Primary)
Three Musketeers (Beatty Secondary)
Waterbis (Temasek Polytechnic)
Judges' Awards Dry Goods (Anglo Chinese School Primary)
The S Factor (Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah)
Science Sisters (St Anthony’s Primary)

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