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Hosting the Cardboard Challenge in Singapore

The Cardboard Challenge was held at Science Centre Singapore as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge a movement inspired by a then 9 year old boy Caine Munroy, an entrepreneur who made an arcade using cardboard boxes and recycled materials in his father’s garage. Since 2012, the Imagination Foundation USA has popularised this movement globally, we in Malaysia have also taken up this challenge to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in our children. Our children deserve to explore their world of imagination, innovation and problem solving.

In 2015, the global cardboard challenge was run by long time Maker and passionate mother, Elda Webb, who is now kickstarting the Curious Design Network (did you catch the incredibly crowded booth at Maker Faire Singapore? ). Shortly after the announcement of the programme, she was approached by Marine, who has recently begun a collaboration with the creative guys from Strawbees (Check her facebook page at StrawbeesSG). Singapore is indeed fortunate to have Makers like Elda and Marine who feel the need for children and families to have such opportunities for creative, collaborative learning.

Here are some photos from the Challenge (Thanks to Elda and Marine for the photos)

Maker Space Programme @ Tampines Secondary School

Remember the pop up mass tinkering session that we did a couple of months ago with students from Tampines Secondary school and our collaborators at Imagin8ors?

Well, 20 students who went through the tinkering session signed up for a 2 week Maker Immersion camp as a post exam activity in the school. Collaborating with our local makers, Elda Webb and Mahyuddin Chan, as well as capitalizing on the mobile fablab from SUTD, the students worked two weeks on a project of their choice.

For us, it was an opportunity to experiment the value of a completely hands on, student driven, learning on demand curriculum as a Maker programme. This implied two things – other than simply being there, having the tools in hand and helping where necessary, the facilitators had very little to do with the project goals and directions of the student projects. This was a new experience, not just for the students, but also for the accompanying teachers.

We started the programme with a workshop on Design thinking, facilitated by none other than Elda Webb. Elda ran through with the students, the need for empathy in Making, and encouraged the students to make something for an unknown peer. This opened up some of the communication barriers in the students.

Design thinking workshop

Marshmallow Challenge

Marshmallow Challenge









Dr Eileen guiding the students on Self Watering Planter

DIY planters

Students working on the prototype were given oppoetunities to pick up new content and skills, including soldering, arduino programming, how to use a breadboard and much more.

Half way into the project, the mobile Fablab, which is a collaboration between SUTD, DSO and Science Centre, came over to the school. With the advent of the fablab, students also had the chance to try out the equipment in the fablab, including the Edison 3D printers and the laset cutter.



Here are some of the projects that came out of the programme. One group came up with an intelligent garden. They learnt how to code the Arduino board ans also some basic soldering.

Self Watering Plant

Javier attempted three projects –  Solar Rechargeable Batteries is to conserve energy and be environmental friendly, Mini Hover Board and a wind powered car. In a post programme interview, he mentioned that he learnt to be more creative and to come out with solutions when their prototype is not working.

Wind Power Car

Wind Power Car

Two students got together to make an iron Man Hand. One of our favorite projects, the students played with basic circuit hacking, laser cutting. 3D design, and a whole bunch of other Maker skills. The students also built incrementally on the project.

Flick Up Light Prototype

Flick Up Light Prototype

Another favorite project was an automated glass cleaner. The team started off by hacking a pair of safety glassed and stuck a pair of servo motors on them. After learning the necessary arduino programming, the team then set off to 3D print their glasses and make a number of general improvements to their work.

Automatic Glass Wipers

One of the things we loved about the programme was that many of the participating students came back to ask whether the programme would continue next term and showed keen interest in being part of the initiative. We are glad and look forward to more opportunities.

Here is a video montage of the programme, put together by our  interns Faeezal and Azhari from ITE college East


Hacking Junk @ Commonwealth Secondary School

On 17th September, we had a workshop with Commonwealth Secondary School. With Makers Bernice Lau (Remember the fishbone sculptures (Tsurus) at Maker Faire? ) and Din Chan (The awesome light painting that was inside the Cardboard Teddy bear?), we worked with the students to hack junk and unused toys (think broken beyond repair toys and centuries old floppy discs) to make moodlamps

The students starts to dismantle and cutting the items

In the beginning, students were kind of unsure on what to do with the items they had picked. With lots of enthusiasm and eagerness in them, they tried to discover and figure out what they can do with the junk pile.

Din guiding the students

Din guiding the students

So some students decided to dismantle the floppy disk and take the parts out to make some movable robot.

The students dismantle the diskette

The students dismantle the floppy

Movable Robot

Eventually, what the students came up with were pretty amazing!



THanks to Bernice and Din for facilitating this session :)


Pop Up Maker Space @ Tampines Secondary School

On 25th-27th August 2015, we had a teaser workshop with 560 Tampines Secondary School students. The objective was to introduce the Maker mindset to students by encouraging students to work in a team on an open ended activity. let the students complete the tasks given (e.g. making something that can draw or making a duster move without touching it) using their own ideas and creativeness. Little instructions were provided and of course, the right way of solving the problem has not yet been invented.

We were joined by a wonderful group of facilitators from Imagin8ors.

Dr Kiru introducing about maker

Students started off working on paper circuits using aluminium tape, LEDS and coin batteries.  There were a number of Ahs and Ohs as students discovered the properties of the materials given and a better understanding of circuits. .

Grup boys trying out paper circuit

Trying out paper circuit

Teacher joins in together with the students to make paper circuit

Teacher joins in together with the students to make paper circuit

Dr Kiru create class name paper circuit

Some of the projects created by the students were really creative and impressive! We were very amazed and encouraged by the students’ eagerness to learn, as well as their determination to complete the various tasks.

We strongly believe that there are a lot of youths out there with a lot of potential as a maker and we hope that they will be nurtured, especially through workshops as these.

Here’s are few examples that were done by students

Making the brush to move by itself

Origami brushbot

Moving Brush Video Recorder

Brushbot video recorder

Spinning LEDs Bowl

Spinning LEDs Bowl

Portable mini fan with LEDs

Portable mini fan with LEDs

More Images







Fridays With Family – 22nd May 2015

The rule of the session was “No teaching, Learn by Making”. Facilitators and volunteers walked around, giving suggestions to families as they worked together, encouraging them to build on their ideas, or simply sitting and working on their own projects.

During the first session that was held, Pop up Paper Crafts and Pull Tab Mechanism was the theme and families were to work on projects around it. But it was free and easy and they could work on anything they came up with. A few examples were first done to give a basic idea and to get them to start from somewhere. Materials like coloured paper, scissors, double sided tape, glue, pen knives and glue guns were provided. LED and batteries were also provided for those who wanted fuse both together and create something entirely new. Some families first started brainstorming on what type of pop up crafts or pull tabs could be done while others started off from the given templates like the Dog ears or the Butterfly. Families created their own idea and put it to test by working as a team and spending quality time together.

Here are a few examples that were done and shown to families before they started.


A pop up open book that can be transformed into a house.


A basic pop up idea that was done before the event for families to see and get their making started.


Dog ears that pop up when the tongue is pulled down, an example of pull tab mechanism. Lean how to do this HERE


A simple birthday card example that was shown to families, resembling building structure.


Frog pop up that can move its eyes and mouth when opened.You can learn how to do this HERE.


A sample house pop up card.


All the materials set up ready for the kids to start their new innovations!


After a short debrief, kids started putting their ideas to test and got to action with the items provided.

  Parents helped their kids brainstorm and prop them with new ideas by questioning and making them think more. Kids started crafting their ideas more and challenged themselves to do better too. Many parents started making with their kids and in the process helped their kids to create too. 1554430_842124679216426_1173433464776751148_n 11061706_842121812550046_5756121128740448861_n 20150607202226 20150607202226(2)


Some kids went to another level by combining LED with pop ups, by making the LEDs light up as the candles in birthday pop up card!



Making a mood lamp with led and fish bones

Make a moodlamp and assemble fish bones to form a crane also known as a tsuru. Have a whirl at Lo fi electronics and a hands on making time at this workshop.

Date: 12th July 2015
Time: 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Cost: $30 person


Tour of Makerspaces in Singapore

(Image Source:Ground Up Initiative)

Date: 13th July 2015
Time: 10.30am-5.45pm
Meeting point: Bottle Tree Park
Cost: $10/ participant (includes transport and lunch)

Tour Agenda:
10.15am: Meet at entrance to bottle tree park
10.30am: Tour of Kampung Kampus/ Ground Up initiative
12.00nn: Tour of One Maker Group, National Design Centre
12.45pm: Tour of Materials Design Lab 1.15pm: Lunch and Tour of IDA labs
2.45pm: Tour of HackerspaceSG
4.30pm: Tour of Makerspace@SP
5.45pm: End of Programme

String Art workshop

string art

String art is the use of string, thread, wire or fibre as an art medium to create geometrical patterns or abstract designs. The medium is wound around a series of nails fixed to a surface or the edges of a pattern, or stitched through a pattern with a needle. The lines formed are straight lines , but it is the slightly different angle or position each line takes and intersects with other lines that form the mesmerizing patterns.

Here, participants will learn about the different kinds of string art construct their own patterns using the Maths construction set and make a geometric pattern to take home.

Date:12th July 2015
Time: 12.30pmto 2.00pm
Cost: $20 per parent-child pair

Come with your kids to Maker Faire Singapore 2015

There is many things happening at Maker Faire Singapore to wow families and kids. Join the Faire to see some of the awesome projects that this year’s Makers have put together.

See how some of the families in Singapore have inculcated the Maker Mindset as part of their everyday lives. This year, we are launching the Busy Hands, Happy Hearts book as part of the Faire. The book interviews fifteen families including the family of Scientist turned Artist Isabelle Desjeux and self published writer Don Bosco, creating snippets of how families work together to benefit from and contribute to the Maker movement.

A number of these families are taking up booths at Maker Faire Singapore – so drop in and have a chat with Annabel of Luv and Co, Chinmay and Sayanee at the HackerspaceSG booth, Wai Him and his family at the Know What’s OK (Kowk family) space. Get inspired by some of the projects that they have worked on together, which you can do at home just as easily.

It is also prideworthy to note that a number of schools have come on board Maker Faire Singapore. Find out how the local Educational Institutions have embraced the Maker movement and the learning opportunities it offers.

Sign up for one of the many Science and Tech or Craft workshops. Learn about various topics such as 3D printing, robotics, IoT, programming, future skills, paper crafting, clay working,upcycling and much much more…

Try one of the many activity stations – ride the upcycled bikes in the carpark, get started with tinkering and find out about the Maker mindset at the Science Centre, Art Science Museum and One Maker Group spaces. Learn about sustainable living with the folks at Ground up Initiative.

Wander and explore. There are nuggets of interesting things to be found in every corner.


Curated List: For Educators and Students

Students and Educators will have plenty of learning opportunities at Maker Faire Singapore.

Here are a few of the must sees and must dos.

Join the Making in Education Forum on 11th July, 3.00pm,-5.00pm where eminent educators and speakers will be sharing about the importance of the Maker Mindset in Education. Speakers include Dale Dougherty, Founder of Maker Media, Sonak Anshul from Intel mobile Telecommunications, Erik Thortennson, Founder of Strawbees, Isabelle Desjeux, Creative Director of Playeum, the play museum and Saminathan Gopal, Principal of STEM Inc. This is the first time the Making in Education Forum is being organized in Singapore, so be sure to catch it.

Understand how schools have incorporated the Maker culture in their curriculum. School participation in Maker Faire Singapore is the highest this year. Speak with the Educators and Students from Chongzheng Primary, Commomwealth Secondary, Temasek Secondary, Marsling Secondary, NUS High school, ACS Independent and Nanyang Girls High school.

The need for a Maker mindset continues to tertiary and beyond. Find out how the Maker movement is encouraged at the tertiary level by talking to students and teachers from Singapore Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, ITE college East and SUTD.

There is no dearth of learning opportunities at Maker Faire Singapore. Sign up for one of the many Science and Tech or Craft workshops. Learn about various topics such as 3D printing, robotics, IoT, programming, future skills, paper crafting, clay working, upcycling and much much more…

Beyond School. The Maker culture is growing very fast in Singapore and the region. Just walk around the 200 over booths at Maker Faire Singapore 2015 and you will be sure to see several inspiring ideas on how the culture and mindset is closely related to Future Skills and offers new horizons for students to explore and learn!