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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

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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!

IoT in our Homes by the Renaissance Engineering Programme

The Art of Zentangle by Mabel Yap

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.

11th July 2015, 5.30pm-7.00pm
12th July 2015, 3.00pm-4.30pm
Cost: $15. Register and pay on Site.