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Presenting #BUILD5G by Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)

GUI2015 represents a special year when Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence with SG50 and a year when Singapore begins to transform itself to become a Smart Nation through #BUILDSG. This commemorative year, the Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) community seeks to celebrate the pioneering Kampung spirit of building, invention and craftsmanship that has made Singapore to what it is today.

Making has a deeper meaning than simply using your hands to produce something. In contrast to Singapore’s 5C definition of success like Cash, Credit Card, Condominium, Car and Clubs, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) believes in building a new narrative for Singapore to be more Gracious, Green, Giving, Grounded and Grateful (5G) by building up the next generation. A Smart Nation is only as strong as the creative spirit and collective wisdom of its citizens. This year, at Maker Faire Singapore, the Kampung Builders have designed and curated 4 Experience Zones namely the Future of Agriculture, the Arts, Play and Sustainable Homes in search of building up not only the hardware and software, but the heartware underlying a Smart yet Wise Nation. 


Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is a volunteer-driven non-profit community organisation that values connecting with the land for the many things it teaches us while cultivating a resilient and creative community with grounded leaders.

In April 2009, GUI moved to Bottle Tree Park in Yishun, Singapore where it has collectively raised and grown its base, the Sustainable Living Kampung, from a mere 100sqm of space to over 1500sqm. This has enabled GUI to nurture a 21st Century Kampung Culture that connects many people to GUI’s vision of a 5G society, one that is more Gracious, Green, Giving, Grounded and Grateful. Since November 2014, GUI expanded to 26000sqm to construct the Kampung Kampus, a Nature-inspired campus for holistic education through experiential learning that has a low carbon footprint, featuring tropical sustainable architecture, building methods and technologies.

Kampung Kampus is becoming a learning campus built by the community, for the community. Through working shoulder-to-shoulder and hand-in-hand as one, GUI hope to rekindle not only the Kampung Spirit, but also instil a sense of ownership, resilience and creativity. Kampung Kampus will be a space that everyone of us can take pride in and love this spirit.

Kampung Play, Architecture for Beautiful Communities

Cai Bingyu

Cai BingyuI love putting blocks together. One more here, you get a building, one more there and we have a city! The best part however, is teaching someone else how to do it. Because together, we can build the world.

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

Train stations, libraries & cities. All with just card-boards!

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

Cai Bingyu2Kampung Play: They will learn how to put simple shapes together to make a Kampung Game!

Architecture for Beautiful Communities: Learn how to put pieces of blocks and sponges together to create cities.

Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

Doing the activities here not only creates opportunity for you to get your hands MAKING. It creates an avenue for people to connect!

What’s your favourite tool?

35 degree pen knife.

Wind Chimes, Straw Décor, Toilet Roll Art

 KIM (Right in Photo, with project which will be showcased)

KimKim Lee has been making stuff for as long as she can remember. She was fortunate to grow up in a pre-digital distraction age, in a house with garden space to play and experiment in and have a father who had a workbench and all kinds of tools.

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

I designed Faberge-style eggs that were featured in a Her World magazine workshop (and also sold a Faberge-styled goose egg for $450 some 20 years ago). I also used to build props and sets for TV commercials in the pre-CGI era.

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

Kim2I will not be at Maker Faire, but the activities I have initiated are building a wind chime or hanging mobile, creating a hanging screen with straws and small ornaments, and making toys out of cardboard rolls.


Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

In all the activities, the purpose is an exploration of possibilities. Any of these activities helps us to see everyday things differently, to repurpose them, to expand our appreciation of beauty, to discover and exercise our creative streaks. Craftwork is also a subtle and friendly understanding of sciences like physics (balancing elements in wind chimes or mobiles, finding out what things make musical sounds when clinked together), and art (a fun exploration of colour, textures, strengths and possibilities of different materials and juxtaposing them in a way that is pleasing to the eye).

What’s your favourite tool?

My favourite tool is the tool that does the job well and safely. It really depends on the task at hand. Perhaps the best tools you can have are at the end of our arms — our hands. They are the original transformer tools. You can poke with them, pound with them, brush something away, scratch something with a fingernail, or pinch, pull, push, squeeze, test something for wetness/dryness, pressure, sense heat, etc, etc. And just about everyone has two of these amazing “tools”!


Evon Tay

Evon TayI love the feeling of making things with my own two hands. There is something about the feeling of tactility that you just can’t replicate with a computer. Even if the end product looks a little bit wonky, a little bit lopsided, it still contains a personal touch that makes it so special.

I guess everyone can appreciate a bit of beauty in imperfection, eh?

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

I once made a human-sized birdcage out of paper and styrofoam with my friends for an art project. It was meant to symbolise society being trapped in the cycle of consumerism, people only get excited about something when it is “cheap, cheap, cheap!” (haha, geddit?)

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire? (Activity Description)

Evon Tay2You will get a taste of how we make eco bricks at the Kampung Kampus, in cute miniature form! Have fun getting your hands dirty trying out pounding and sieving of soil, and mix different materials to press into our handmade mini brick moulds. At the end, you will get to bring home your very own mini-sized eco mud brick!

Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

Through making low carbon footprint Mud Bricks out of “waste” Clay, one gets to understand how the life cycle of a building starts from the very materials it is made of. This brings awareness to how our built environments can be more sustainable and less destructive with a more conscious and responsible use of materials.

Through making the bricks together as a community, one also gets to be involved in the actual process of co-creating our built environment. Following Maker Faire, participants can also join in the making of full sized Mud-bricks for building Kampung Kampus… Connecting people to people, connecting people to Land!

What’s your favourite tool?

Masking tape

Yakult Orchestra

Joshua Mah

JoshuaMahCloser to a maker than a builder or a craftsperson. I enjoy developing new concepts and designing the mechanisms and controls involved but am a bit unpracticed in my craftsmanship.

However, I still believe a good foundation in all three aspects is important and am still working on improving them.

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

A rolling robot. It is probably one of the more complex mechanisms me and my group managed to produce due to its size and power restrictions. Building it required a wide range of skill sets such as developing mechanical joints, circuit design and to control analysis which reflects the need for a good foundation in all aspects and teamwork to get things completed. On top of that, I had enjoyed the experience working hard with excellent teammates mutually supported each other through this grueling process.

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

Past, present and future. Using technology to provide the backbone of the orchestra, old bottles and boxes of the past are renewed with a new cause to provide visual and audio entertainment to our audiences now.

Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

To develop a broad mindset. One does not have to engage in complex and tedious inventions to be called a maker. A simple act of finding an interesting way to cast a light (in a yakult bottle for example) is just as important as the circuit powering it. The same can be said for solving problems. Reusing old materials does not discount the need for new technologies. I hope I can introduce this interesting culture of making what you do not have from what you do have and broke down the illusion that making is only for the technically proficient or the technologically savvy.

What’s your favourite tool?

The brain and a pencil… And lots of paper to go with them.

Paperclip Trinkets

Cynthia (Right in Photo) and Family

CynthiaMy focus as a maker is the value of things. Why buys things when I can make them myself?

Things that I made come with fond memories that no purchased items; regardless of how expensive it is, can provide me with.

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

The dismantling of an age old Queen-size mattress! My family of five embarked on this mammoth project together and we created a new bench with the wood frame and cushion; sold the metal parts for money and sew new pouches with the old cloth. Nothing was discarded at the end. Together, we not only created items but shared memories of my loving family of five.

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

Beauty need not come at a price. Can anyone relate a normal paper clip with an artistic piece of handmade jewellery? If you can’t, join me and discover it yourselves.

Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

Beauty is from within and not from outside. If you feel good about an item that you’ve created, you’d feel proud and beauty would come along.

What’s your favourite tool?

Plier. It is inexpensive, durable and can serve many purposes. Just like a capable wife, every well-built family must have one to keep things together :)

Furniture Crafting


BenI’m Ben the Fun-maker.

‘Making’ is ‘playing’ to me. Recycled wood, broken vase, discarded wire and are toys that I play with. To me, another man’s thrash is my treasure. I don’t know how to play computer games but I do know how to make functional things that we can use to sit on, display their favourite items or play with. What makes me happy is when others are enjoying their time around me.

What’s something interesting or memorable that you have made or built before?

I had fun with most of the items that I made.

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

To play with me and let’s have fun together :)

Why do you believe that it is important for someone to share that experience with you?

To discover that making can be a fun activity as well.

What’s your favourite tool?

My hands. They can feel the life of things that I touched and through my hands, help other to see them as well.

Traditional + Vermi Composting/ Making of Liquid Fertiliser

Tang Hun Bun

Background info

Mr. Tang Hung Bun is passionate about growing food in a responsible and sustainable manner. From June 2013 to June 2015, he rented a plot of land in Lim Chu Kang area and grew crops for his family and friends in a farm. He even created a permaculture food forest where he practised permaculture techniques to grow a diversity of crops, from leafy vegetables to fruit trees. Sadly, in May 2015, his farm was taken back by the landlord for “development”.

In June 2015, Mr. Tang became a farmer in GUI where his continues his passion for organic and permaculture farming.

What will someone be experiencing with you at Maker Faire?

Composting! Mr. Tang strongly believes that healthy soil grows healthy plants. Healthy soil is alive with an incredibly diverse and complete soil food web, a community of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, micro-arthropods, earthworms, insects, etc. A good farmer should maintain the health of his soil by a range of techniques, including the use of compost.

Composting is nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. By composting your organic waste you are returning nutrients back into the soil in order for the cycle of life to continue. Finished compost looks like soil–dark brown, crumbly and smells like a forest floor.

Besides Composting, we will also be teaching on how to make Liquid Fertilisers. There are lots of good reasons to compost and making organic liquid fertilizer – saving money and resources, improving your soil and reducing your impact on the environment.

Adding compost to your garden will not only fertilize, it actually feeds your soil with a diversity of nutrients and microorganisms that will improve plant growth. Compost also increases soil stability, improves drainage and helps retain moisture.

Chemical fertilizers on the other hand provide a quick burst of a limited number of nutrients that can wash away into our rivers and streams. They also adversely affect the healthy balance of soil food web.

In our booths, visitors will experience how easy it is to make compost and organic liquid fertilizers.

[This post is contributed by Ground-Up Initiative (GUI). Thank you Ibnur and all the GUI makers!]


Makers from Singapore Polytechnic

This is the fourth year Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is taking part in Maker Faire as a group. This year, SP is taking part with project showcases from staff and student makers. This list is not exhaustive, find out what you will see at their booth these two days!

Maker: Teo Shin Jen
Showcase: techno Mohawk v2.0: A fancy electronic wearables made with ATtiny85 microcontroller, custom PCB, RGB LED, and fiber optic cable


Maker: Goh Chong Hao Louis
Showcase: DIY Ukulele using scrap materials (Cookie tin, scrap wooden plank, strings, screws and other scrap materials)


Maker: Muhammad Firasfidin B Razali
Showcase: Savvy Teddy: Baby co-sleeping Protection; 4X4X4 LED Cube

savvy teddy


Maker: Muhammad Hassanul Ihsan
1)      Arduino Smartwatch – Connects to an android phone through a specially developed app, syncs time and displays SMS received

2)      P.E.T- Personal Easy Transporter, personal transporter controlled by an android smartphone, multi-use


Maker: Ng Yu Jie
Showcase: Recycled li-ion batteries retrofitted to be rechargeable with multiple sources.

SP Makers Picture 5

Maker: Tan Jing Yu William
Showcase: IoT Enabled Food Cover with Contactless Thermometer and Humidtiy Sensor to prevent food poisoning.


Maker:  Andy Lim Guo Cong
Showcase: 3D Printed Zoetrope [zoh-ee-trohp] that makes images come alive through frame animation


Maker: Mark Ng Wai Yeung
Showcase: Arduino-powered Honest Ted that allow an adorable bear to nod or shake his head when you ask a question over the microphone.


Maker: Low Kok Hee
Showcase: DIY Windmill, DIY Mini Solar Car, DIY Line Follower


Maker: Goh Kok Hong
Showcase: An automated portable fingerprinting attendance taking system


Maker: Fong Jia Yi
Showcase: Remind Me, Alight: Device to wake passengers up at respective bus stops

Remind Me

Maker: Chong Kai Ming and group members
Showcase: Mechanical Water Wheel Clock


Maker: Bryan Goh
Showcase: Monitor sleep pattern of my grandma with my IoT inventions


Maker: Ng Shu Xyan
Showcase: Labradox, a five buttons mini keyboard that helps disabled people to type. With a combination of four buttons, it is able to generate characters found on an ordinary keyboard


Maker: Jolyon Caplin & family
Showcase: Assortment of electronic projects 


Preview of the Tinkering Studio @ Science Centre

1Tinkering Studio @ Science Centre is a place where people get to tinker – to think with your hand and learn through doing. It is based on a constructivist theory of learning which asserts that knowledge is not simply transmitted from teacher to learner, but actively constructed by the mind of the learner.

The Tinkering Studio supports the construction of knowledge within the context of building personally meaningful creations, such as marble machines or light paintings. Opening at the Science Centre Singapore in December 2015, The Tinkering Studio is a permanent exhibition which aims to provide learning opportunities for visitors to pick up tinkering skills

2Tinkering Studio will be bringing the Marble Machine activity to the Maker Faire this year. Marble Machine is a creative ball-run contraption, made from familiar materials, designed to send a rolling marble through tubes and funnels, across tracks and bumpers, and into a catch at the end.

Beside the basic materials like tubes and tracks, visitors will also be provided with random items like bells and kitchen utensils to bring out the creativity in them.

Do check them out for a sneak preview at Maker Faire Singapore this weekend!

Yarnbombing @ Maker Faire Singapore 2015

One year ago, yarnbombing (street art using yarn to temporarily cover/ colour an area) was started as a community project at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014. A community of about 10-20 came together and yarnbombed Science Centre Singapore, including the dinosaur display right in front of its lobby. The yarnbombing continued at Senja-Cashew CC where the event was held and the yarnbombers wrapped a huge pillar at the event venue with beautiful granny squares assembly. Each of the yarnbombers also took turn to leave some thoughts on making on that beautiful community artwork.

Since then, the yarnbombers have moved on to create more projects, including the recent “This is Our Home Exhibition” in conjunction with SG50. Yarnbombers came together to crochet and knit 50 dolls representative of diverse Singapore, against the familiar backdrop of flats built by our Housing Development Board (HDB). They collected 70 dolls in the end. The dolls are a mix of different races and gender, and even two NSmen! There are cars, cats an cacti all made from yarn.

11731770_839962062748275_4421350003129075381_oThis year, the yarnbombers, led by Mona, Yaney and Tianyun, are also going to yarnbomb the Maker Faire Singapore venue at 15 Tampines Street 11. Join them for their yarnbombing session from 11am to 3pm (11 July) at the Pink Room on Level One, and wrap structures like bicycle stand and benches. The group intend to use 12” x 12” granny squares (yarn square pieces made by crocheting or knitting) like the previous year, so if you crochet or knit, you are invited to make your own at home and bring down to the yarnbombing session. Everyone can then chip in to assemble the pieces and give a new look to the structures at the venue!

For the uninitiated, you can also look forward to learn crocheting fundamentals at the session, or make pom-pom to fluff up the yarnbombed structure! Visitors can either bring these makes home, or hang them up at the yarnbombing area. If you have 8ply yarn at home and 4 or 4.5mm crochet hook, do bring them along and join in the session! Else, there will be some yarn and spare needles available for a hands-on experience too! Or if you are an avid photographer, this will definitely be a sight to behold and capture! Come join us to capture this either on camera or as colourful memories!

Glass painting at Art Lace Studio

Next, we introduce Ichchha Walimbe from Art Lace Studio who will be showcasing her glass painted projects.


Maker Faire Singapore (MFS): Can you share with us your background?

Ichchha: My background is in Interior Designing, and I worked as an Interior Designer for ten years until 2000. I have a passion for colours since childhood, and picked up sketching and drafting techniques during my professional work. I use my sense of colours and basic drawing skills in the glass painting that I do. I am inspired by nature, particularly flowers. I love flowers and like to observe their details and variations in colours. Flowers have a pleasant effect on our minds. I try to relay the same message through my creations.

My glass painting journey began in 2005 with couple of bottles of colours making gift articles for friends and relatives. Later some of my friends convinced me to participate in various fairs and start selling online. That is when I decided to reach the outside people and started active participation in fairs from 2014.

Traditionally, glass paints are used to colour any glass object but I have developed my own method to make flowers using glass paint and resins etc. I make my own hand painted jewellery accessories using a variety of materials. I make items that can be used/worn in your daily life which in other words means ‘an art in your day-today life’.

MFS: What will you be showcasing?

SAKURA_1111Ichchha: I will be showcasing hand painted tea light holders, coasters, key chains, home deco accessories and our special jewellery. Our special jewellery includes hand painted glass beads and flower jewellery. Some designs to mention for flower jewellery will be ‘Canna’, ‘Jasmin’, ‘Hibiscus’, ‘Frangipani’ and special ‘Sakura’ or ‘Cherry Blossom’ flower. I worked very hard to make the Cherry Blossom flowers but ultimately the pleasure was overwhelming. My products are smaller in size. Visitors to my booth will have to observe carefully to notice the detail work in smaller objects. I will also be displaying a cabinet door sample with hand painted glass. The ply at the back side of the glass can be dismantled. You can remove the ply and insert various background coloured/textured paper behind the glass. Every time you change the background, the cabinet will have a different look. I will be giving a demonstration on glass painting at the booth and providing small samples to those who want to try their hand in painting.

MFS: You have started glass painting in 2005. What or who inspired you to start then?

 Ichchha: Yes, somewhere around that time when I was walking through an art shop when I came across few glass paints. I had never used glass paints before that so I decided to try the colours. My first trial was with a couple of colours. As I became a master in using those colours, I started using them more creatively. So I will say curiosity was my inspiration.

MFS: You have a wide range of glass painted products, including tealight holders, jewellery etc. Is there a piece of work or project that you have done which is most memorable to you?

Ichchha: This will include a pair of yellow and red tea-light holders, a pair of earring with vibrant flowers, and

One of the most memorable project was the special Cherry Blossom flowers. Cherry Blossom flowers are not glass. Glass will make it very heavy and moulding the shape of petals using glass will be extremely difficult. I experimented on many different materials and correct method to bring that transparency in my product. It took me almost 2 months’ time to find the correct method and material for desired effect. For flower jewellery, I use glass paints and resins with some other trace materials. Resin and glass paints have curing time of at least 12 hrs. So you need proper mould to hold the colours and resin in place and retain the shape. I had to experiment a lot to develop a technique. It was a milestone for me to develop this new technique. So these products are really memorable for me. Cherry blossom flowers were particularly difficult  because of their small details, concave shape.

T_LIGHT_MAAD_copyAnother smaller project which is also memorable would be the ted and yellow tea-light holder. Red, yellow, orange, pink go very well with the light, creating quite a dramatic overall effect. I think it is the best tea light holder among all tea lights I have so far made.

MFS: How did you know of Maker Faire Singapore? Is this your first time participating? What do you hope to achieve from taking part in the Maker Faire?

Ichchha: I heard about Maker Faire from one of my friends last year. I will be participating for the first time. It is a good opportunity to showcase your work to a bigger audience, to see what other participants are making and to learn from them. There are very few such opportunities in Singapore. So Maker Faire Singapore is doing a good job.

MFS: Are you familiar with the Maker scene in Singapore? Do you want to share some views on it?

Ichchha: The concept of making is more limited to digital and technology. The love for handmade crafts should be encouraged.

3D scanning, printing and playing – All with Volunex Solution Group

3DSpinThere are several 3D printing showcases this year, and we checked in with YK to find out more about one of the groups, Volunex Solution Group that comprises of Volunex, 3Dspin, Mipox and Filalab.

YK shared with us that the solution group covers instant scan, instant print and instant play, where the static printed figurines would be captured in motion via their portable/desk animation machine known as 3DSpin. Here is a YouTube video which will explain better how it works.

Interesting, isn’t it? It resembles a zoetrope, a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. However, this uses 3D printed objects.

Besides the 3Dspin, Volunex will also be displaying “Selfie in Motion”, Fibonacci related 3Dprinted animation, and an instant 3D animation of a fighter jet that can transform into a robot right in front of our eyes. Visitors to the booth will also get to try out 3D printing pens, and bring back 3D prints too!

Check out Volunex Solution Group’s showcase at Maker Faire Singapore this weekend!

Zentangle, Digital fabrication and medieval crafts – A conglomerate of different making all in one booth!

Medieval theme seems to be popular this year. Earlier, we learnt that one of the makers under ArtScienceMuseum-OneMakerGroup Team are showcasing a series of tree medieval-themed activities. Now, we learnt that our veteran maker, David Liew from Bluestone Arts (comprising of David’s illustration, 3D bottleworks and cake works business) has assembled a group of new makers to participate in this year’s Maker Faire Singapore, and medieval crafts is one of them. Let’s check out what other makers Bluestone Arts has brought together.

Introduction of Makers

  • The Sleeping Iron Foundry – Though a regular at our past Mini Maker Faires, David Liew has taken up a different role to gather fellow makers to come together for a collective showcase.
  • MY Zentangle – A doctor by day but an artist at all times, Mabel Yap is a Certified Zentangle Trainer who will be offering beautiful ZIA (Zentangle-inspired Art) crafts.
  • Steammetry – Steammetry is a learning space that encourages the curious mind to experience STEAM through digital fabrication.
  • Medieval Craft – Be introduced to the fantasy world of medieval sword fighting and dressup.  A newcomer to the scene, Medieval Craft explores the art of making and crafting your own equipment for the Live Action Roleplaying!


David shared with us that the group will be showcasing maker art objects and displays of equipment for the medieval craft. Here are some photos for a sneak preview!

Here are some craft pieces from MY Zentangle. According to Mabel, Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. One look at her work, and I found myself intrigued by the beauty of it.

Zentangle bookmarks

Zentangle bookmarks

Steammetry conducts workshops on digital fabrication, and here are some of their work.


Digital fabricated rings

Lastly, the Medieval Craft community will be displaying their self-crafted medieval equipment and costumes. In fact, they will be organising a medieval costumes stage performance at 1pm on 12 July, so don’t miss that out if you are interested!

Medieval equipment and costumes

Medieval equipment and costumes


Scrapbook your own cards!

This is probably the second time that we have a scrapbook artist who is showcasing her work at Maker Faire Singapore or our previous Singapore Mini Maker Faires. Here’s an introduction on Madeline from Stochastic Elegance.

How she started crafting

1Madeline shared that she has always wanted to give presents that carried meaning and personal touches rather than just for the sake of having a gift. Crafting was her solution to that as it allowed her to give personalised tokens of appreciations. Madeline started crafting since 2009. She was exploring making a handmade planner for a friend when she chanced upon beautiful scrapbooking works, inspiring her to research online tutorials and begin her crafting spree. This grew into a burning passion and almost became an addiction. She makes various types of cards, from the standard single folds and the more complex bookcards. Madeline shared that she is currently exploring more dimensional designs which includes the accordion albums and windowed cards.

3With the modern society becoming more busy, personalized gifts are slowly becoming a rare sight. Madeline aims to bring back the joy of receiving a customised and unique gift and set up Stochastic Elegance to help people customise gift cards for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. At the Maker Faire Singapore, she will be showcasing different kinds of cards that one can easily make without the need for complicated instruments, expensive materials or a landslide of accessories.

“We love to create things from scratch, so this also means creating our own background and embellishments.” – Madeline

Learning about Maker Faire Singapore

Madeline found out about Maker Faire Singapore through friends she met at the few flea markets she has taken part in. As she is new to the maker scene, she is looking forward to attend the Maker Faire and find out more about the maker movement in Singapore.

She also observed that the modern society had made everything digitised and reduced the appreciation level for hand-made cards. Through her participation as a workshop facilitator, Madeline hopes to help fellow crafters rekindle their passion towards hand-made wares, especially in cards.

If you are considering to make your own hand-made cards, do check out Madeline’s booth at Maker Faire Singapore!


Thoughts from the HomeSchool Singapore network on Making in Singapore

Homeschool Singapore, a network of several home educating families in Singapore, will be participating in this year’s Maker Faire Singapore. We checked in with Crystal Charles on what we can see at their booth area.

Showcases and Past Experiences

BlurImage(5-7-2015 5-53-18)Crystal shared that they will be having a range of interactive exhibits for kids to have fun learning scientific concepts such as weight, rockets science, buoyancy, geology and solar power. The idea was inspired by a craft fair which the group held successfully at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), and they decided to adapt it to become a science fair so that the homeschool educated children aged between 4 and 8 can collaborate on projects to learn science, whilst at the same time build confidence and presentation skills at the booth.

2015-07-05 18.06.17Crystal also shared that their previous experience selling craft items at the SAM craft fair taught the children a lot. Through the experience, they cultivated their creativity, put their mathematics into practice, learnt about demand and supply, and built patience, persistence and confidence. At the end of the event, they sold craft items to raise fund for the Singapore Children’s Society and managed to raise over $1000. The group hoped that Maker Faire would provide a similar dynamic learning opportunity.

Learning about Maker Faire Singapore

Crystal also shared with us that she was pleasantly surprised when she found out about Maker Faire Singapore (while she was looking for science events in Singapore), that while she has not attended it, the reviews had promised her a good platform for creative expression and innovation. We hope we live up to her expectations!

“A show like this is not mere entertainment or spectacle. It’s a celebration of the connection between the human brain and hands.” – Crystal

Thoughts on the Maker Culture in Singapore

“Singaporeans don’t need to look far to be inspired. Where things are being constructed, there is a need for innovative design. Where there is much waste, there is opportunity for renewal, and reinvention. Where time goes faster, there is a need for things that help us reflect and see beauty. Most people just need an introduction on how to get started, to meet someone who has made something wonderful or to hear a story from someone who is passionate. Seminars, workshops and talks can help them build confidence, then their own work will flow.” – Crystal

I love Crystal’s reflection on the maker culture. How true it is, that sometimes we just need an inspiration to get started. We certainly hope that Maker Faire Singapore will be that place where you can be inspired and also inspire.

Introduction of IDA Labs booth @ Maker Faire Singapore

Next, we would like to introduce one of our Maker Faire Singapore co-organisers, IDA Labs.

About IDA Labs

IDA Labs, located at IDA’s headquarters at Mapletree Business City and the National Design Centre (NDC) were officially opened in April 2014.

Since then, IDA Labs has been collaborating with various industry partners, government agencies and education institutions to co-develop and commercialise innovations and projects. . It enables them to work on areas such as generating new ideas, developing new technologies and testing out proof of concepts. IDA Labs seek to achieve three objectives – foster a culture of creating and building; support talented individuals and companies to generate innovative IP from ideation to productisation; and strengthen tech capabilities within government agencies. IDA will be allocating up to S$10 million for the development and execution of the IDA Labs and its suite of programmes and activities.

Showcases @ Maker Faire Singapore

IDA Labs will be showcasing some of their projects, and also projects from individuals and companies that they are working with.

Albert Lim from the IDA Labs will be bringing the following to the Maker Faire:-

Spherical Robot, Gesture Control Drone, Obstacle Avoidance Drone, Leap Motion Robotic Arm and Arduino Uno Hexapod

Gesture Control Drone

Gesture Control Drone

EP-TEC Solutions, a regional technology solutions provider, will be bringing mOway, an educational tool that facilitates the learning of programming, creativity thinking and teamwork in an effective manner.



Artec Educational, that specialised in the design and distribution of teaching materials and educational kits, will be showcasing Robolink that focuses on the mechanical linkage within a robot, and Robotist that focuses on the programming aspect.

Lastly, Engineers Without Borders Asia, a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that empowers disadvantaged communities by improving their quality of life through sustainable engineering solutions, will be showcasing prototypes and products from their Hack-a-Toy project. Toys with small ON and OFF buttons were switched to bigger push buttons for easier activation by children with special needs, enabling the children to enjoy playing with the toys, yet at the same time, encourages movement and improvement of motor skills.

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Toy Hacking by Engineers Without Borders