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Scientist for a Day

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  Location: Hall A

Typical time required:
    30 minutes (minimum)

General Information

Information for Schools
    or Large Groups

List of Exhibits &
    Exhibition Layout


Show Us Your Science

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.

Daily from   1030   to   1230
from   1430   to   1630

(For school-class or large groups visits only, alternative time periods must be pre-arranged through advanced booking via School Services. See below.)

Please also note that under certain 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
  • ...

The Scientist For A Day Exhibition and its interactivity are a "Public Learning Destination" of Children's University Singapore (CUS). CUS members should identify themselves to our facilitators at the start of their interaction. Once your learning activity is completed, please produce your CUS Passport for stamping.

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 an ongoing class or under some other unique circumstances.

When available,
  • The tour 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 20 persons only, 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 - What/How did Galileo do (it)?
  • Hooke’s Law - Bungee-Jumping, anyone?
  • Bouncing Balls - Follow the bouncing ball, ...
  • Basic Electric Circuits - Which is brighter - in series or in parallel?

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.

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