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Scientist for a Day

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Location:   Hall A

Typical time required:
  30 minutes (minimum)

General Information

Schools or Large Groups

List of Exhibits


Show Us Your Science
Passion & Knowledge Interchange


What is the Scientific Method? All our students (and those in international schools as well) are taught facets of the Scientific Method – but almost always indirectly, through questions such as “… She set up the following experiment. … Which should have been her ‘control’? … What is she testing? … What’s wrong with her setup? … What can she say about her results? …” Very academic, ‘hypothetical’!

The Scientific Method is a flexible process: some define it as a set of principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses. It is a systematic way of pursuing a curiosity to its logical end, or, of engaging one’s senses (observations) on an intrigue or an enigma and using pre-knowledge, ingenuity and creativity to understand and resolve it – all in a carefully thought-out, methodical analytical-logical manner.

Scientist for a Day is a highly interactive, thinking exhibition with a novel, open-to-all Discover-It-Yourself Laboratory or DIY Lab, staffed by our resident science educator-facilitator(s) and, when available, guest scientists. It is called Scientist For A Day because you – the visitor – get to learn the Scientific Method by interacting with the exhibits – sometimes, simply observing what happens – then noticing and defining problems based on what has been observed, and raising various explanations or hypotheses. You are then invited into our open-concept DIY Lab where our facilitator leads you through various experiments using "inquiry-based" guidance. This will not only allow you understand or think about the scientific concepts underlying the experiments, but will also familiarise you with the scientific method as you carry out the experiment(s).

While the Scientist For A Day exhibition can be enjoyed by families and individuals, it can also be used as a group or (school) class enrichment activity. With the Ministry of Education’s – and indeed the national – emphasis on the sciences, and the many (exam/test) questions based on the scientific method, this exhibition offers the opportunity for students and the general public to see how Science works and be that “scientist” for a day.

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General Information   –   for all visitors

The Scientist For A Day exhibition is open to all visitors during the Science Centre's regular operating hours.

The DIY Lab facilitator(s) will only be present during the following daily periods, (unless otherwise arranged through advanced booking – for schools or large groups only).

Weekdays 1030   to   1230
  to   1630
Weekends   &
Public Holidays
1030   to   1300
  to   1630

Please also note that under certain (administrative) circumstances and other precedences, the DIY Lab facilitator(s) may be called away for duty elsewhere. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by such instances.

When in attendance, the lab facilitator(s) will have some of the following experiments for visitors to test their understanding of the scientific method, and the science underlying these experiments.

  • Static Electricity & Van der Graaf Generator
  • Magnetic Attraction
  • Microscopes - hand-held-USB & optical
  • Newton’s Cradle & Maxwell Wheel
  • Convection Demonstrator
  • Crooke’s Radiometer
  • Optics Demonstrator
  • Bimetallic Strip Application

A short guided tour is also available. The tour introduces and highlights various exhibits in the exhibition. A tour schedule-gathering sign will be placed at the entrance to the exhibition on those days when tours can be conducted. Due to space constraints, tours will not be conducted when there is a class in attendance or under some other unique circumstances.

  • The tour – when available – is usually conducted at 11:30am and at 3:30pm.
  • Each tour is between 20 and 25 minutes long.
  • Each tour can cater to a maximum of 25 persons only, ie it is first-come-first-served.
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Information for School or Large Groups intending to use the DIY Lab

Let your pupils have a feel of the Scientific Method. Come try out our programmes at the DIY Lab where your students will carry out simple experiments using the Scientific Method: observing a phenomenon, framing the problem, hypothesising an explanation, designing the experiment, collecting data, discussing the results, and concluding. It is an interactive way to learn about the Scientific Method and the science behind …

  • Simple Pendulum
  • Hooke’s Law
  • Bouncing Balls

Each experiment can be suitably adjusted for Primary, Secondary and JC activities. Please inquire for more information.

All large groups and school classes attending the DIY Lab must book in advance to ensure the presence of the DIY Lab facilitator(s) on your requested days and at your requested times (which do not have to be the same as the above-stated hours for public attendance). To check availability and/or make your reservations, please contact School Services. Please inquire if there are any applicable charges (eg: for non-members, etc).

The DIY Lab has a very limited capacity of 20-25 students per session. Groups or school classes of more than 25 students will need to be divided into smaller groups. Each group of 20-25 can then be "rotated" sequentially through the DIY Lab in (for example) 60-90-minute contiguous sessions. That is, while one group is at the DIY Lab, the other group(s) can be engaged in other enrichment activities throughout the Science Centre. Please check our many enrichment programmes and gallery pathways and their availability through School Services. Please inquire if there are any applicable charges (eg: for non-members, etc).

Whether your school or group is visiting the exhibition only or using the DIY Lab as well, an exhibit-based worksheet is available on request, after booking confirmation. Teachers/Group Leaders are encouraged to preview the exhibition a few days prior to their group's  visit. The preview provides the opportunity for preparing additional materials (such as exhibit-based worksheets, etc) in order to add to and optimise their students' learning experience at the exhibition and at the Science Centre.

Please check our Visitors’ Information webpages for details on admission charges for non-members and/or (large) groups. Additional charges for large non-member groups/classes may also apply for DIY Lab activities. Please inquire.

Click here to view the List of Exhibits.

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Information on/for Visiting Scientists   –   Scientist-in-Attendance

To add to the our visitors' learning experience, the Scientist For A Day exhibition will periodically be attended by scientists and other specialists who can offer their advice to, share their professional experiences with, and answer questions from visitors and students. If you are thinking about or working on a project and have questions on your topic and/or your methodology, your application of the scientific method, etc, or, you just want to know what scientists actually do in their labs, please view our weblink below to find out when our visiting scientists are available and can be of assistance. (Please note speaking with our Scientists-in-Attendance does not require reservations. Also, a Scientist-in-Attendance session does not necessarily have to coincide with a DIY Lab session.) If you (or your organisation) wish to offer a session, please go to the link below for the calendar and for more information.

Click here to go to our Scientist-in-Attendance page.

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Information on Show Us Your Science – Passion & Knowledge Exchange

The DIY Lab space is also available for show-&-tell sessions by scientists, specialists, students of various levels to showcase and share their passion, their science and/or technology projects-knowledge with the public. Learning, thinking, working and creating with science will eventually require communicating your work and ideas to others, usually non-specialists. Our Show Us Your Science – Passion & Knowledge Exchange sessions provide the opportunity to interact and communicate your work to a larger audience. If you (or your organisation) wish to offer a session, please go to the link below for the calendar and for more information.

Click here to go to our Show Us Your Science page.

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