Singapore Science Festival 2019 is on a mission to break another record!
Contribute to the biggest slim installation in town by creating your very own batch of slime!
To maximise the fun, simply follow the following steps:
- Head over to Fusionopolis One Atrium on 13 Sep 2019
- Join the queue to create your very own batch of slime
- Pour your slime into a giant acrylic structure that spells out "THIS IS SCIENCE"
- Collect your reward!
It's an icky, gooey fun that is larger than life and great for a family fun day out!
The fun doesn’t end there! Check out these cool fun facts about slime:
- Slime is a cross-linked polymer and is classified as a liquid. It is also classified as a non-newtonian fluid because it resembles both a solid and a liquid. They are called non-Newtonian fluids because they do not behave as predicted by Newton's laws. Other materials that also behave like this include ketchup, gelatin, glue, and quicksand.
- Slime can be easily destroyed by vinegar which will completely dissolve it.
- The reason why slime videos are so soothing is due to the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) relief - scientifically, ASMR is a physical sensation of tingling beginning from the scalp that travels down to the spine and limbs.
- The molecular structure of slime is the factor responsible for its interesting behaviour. As a toy, slime is typically composed of tangled, long-chain polymer molecules. These polymer molecules can be thought of as spaghetti strands. When putting together on a plate, the strands are mixed together making a tangled mess. If the strands are rubbed together, they line up and become smoother. This motion gives the mass its slimy, slippery feel.
- The story of the toy’s development dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century when the science of synthetic polymers was being determined. During the 1920s, Nobel laureate Hermann Staudinger laid the groundwork for our modern understanding of polymer science. He suggested a new molecular model for polymers; one of long, chain-like molecules and not aggregates or cyclic compounds as previously thought.
- To keep the slime from drying out, you need to know that air is your enemy! One way of storing slime is to keep it in an air-tight resealable zipper bag with the air squeezed out, and placed in the refrigerator. Plus, keeping it in cold storage space will reduce the chances of bacteria growing on the slime!
- Washing your hands before playing with slime can also aid in avoiding bacteria transferred from your hands to come into contact with the slime.
- If your slime has dried out, you can put water or antibacterial gel on it to soften the slime.
- Slime typically lasts a week or less if not taken precautions to store properly; however, some can last to a maximum of a few weeks to a few months.