One thing Sophie’s been looking forward to in Primary Three next year is learning Science. It’s one of those subjects that she finds fascinating and she loves that it when she learnt show things work from her Science magazine which gets me stumped for answers. Plus there are so many opportunities for practical application and hands-on activities.
With more emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and creative thinking for the new economy, kids would benefit from getting a wider exposure to coding and tinkering, etc.
If this is an area you’ll like your child to get exposed to, then don’t miss Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 that will be open to the public on 14 and 15 October 2017.
Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017
Tech Jam is an enrichment program organised by Caltex Singapore and Singapore Science Centre and we were invited for a preview last week.
Tech Jam aims to spark curiosity and inspire kids’ passion for innovation through free interactive workshops where kids can work on different learning projects.
Before the session started, the facilitators shared some big ideas on how parents can encourage our kids to get the most from this session.
- Allowing the child take the lead – let them come up with the idea
- Giving real tools in the hands of the children – trust that they can listen to instructions on how to handle them
- They will get it wrong before getting it right – let children figure out how to troubleshoot and solve their obstacle
- Projects needs to have meaning to the child – can just be fun and frivolous as long as it’s meaningful to them
Sophie got to create a paper circuit and she had little difficulty with the task even though this was the first time she’s learning about basic electronics. There was also a facilitator who guided her with probing questions on how she could make it work.
It’s such a joy to see her eye light up when her paper circuit lighted up at the flip of her button battery and that’s the spark that kids have when they see their work come alive.
The girls also got the chance to come up with their own creation and Sophie created a lighted balloon city together with Dana. The duo worked with glue guns and applied what they learnt about creating a circuit and they were mighty proud of their successful project.
At Tech Jam, there’ll be other equally interesting learning projects on 14-15 October such as Sewing with Electronics, Creating Music with Makey-Makey and Programming with Arduino.
Tech Jam is open to kids of all ages but personally I feel that kids age 5 and above will be more suitable.
Admission is free for this program but if you present a recent Caltex fuel transaction receipt along with a Plus! card you’ll be entitled to priority entry on a first-come-first-served basis. On top of this priority access, you will also get 20% off admission to Science Centre Singapore (valid till 31 December 17).
For more information, do visit Tech Jam’s Event Page here.
– – – – – – – -– – – – – GIVEAWAY FOR A JUGGLING MUM READERS – – – – – – – – – – – –
Here’s you chance to win a Fuel Your School- Tech Jam goody bag for 1 lucky winner. The set will include:
- 2 sets of goodie bags (consisting of VR headsets, paper circuit bookmarks and notebooks)
- Family tickets to Science Centre Singapore for 4
Complete both steps to be eligible for the giveaway. ONE lucky winner will be drawn and announced on the blog and Facebook on 11 October, Wednesday.
- Giveaway ends on 11 October, Wednesday 23:59
- Only readers residing in Singapore are eligible for this giveaway
- Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond to email otherwise a new winner will be drawn
- All false FB accounts will be disqualified from the giveaway
*A Juggling Mom was invited for a media preview to Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 for this review .