Maker Faire Singapore 2018, organized by Science Centre Singapore and A*STAR (the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology, and Research), happened over the weekend (17th August to 19th August 2018). This year, the event had been named the Maker Extravaganza, includes Maker Conference and also an Education Day only for students on 17th August.
A Fruitful Day Began...
Excited students can’t wait for the door to open!
Catching the attention once you entered the auditorium were StrawbeesSG‘s booth with the tallest straw structure. With it’s endless possibilities, mechanical and structural properties, real life engineering can be experienced!
Coming up next are the 3D printing samples from Funbie Studios‘ booth. With 3D printing, maker can design their toys and print out their 3D printed models. After confirm the final design, the designs were sent oversea to fabricate in resin.
“I know Magic… I can read your mind”
Mr Hon Wai Leong from Computation Thinkerers‘ booth, sharing with parent and children that he can read their mind. During this session, he taught many new magicians. The children are amazed and proud that they knew the magic now to show to their friends.
“This is for busy or lazy people?”
This invention, from Mortfort Secondary School, is for people who has no time to look after their seedling. Once the plant has grown up, they can remove from the tube and plant in pot. The system will automatic detect when the tube is dry or when the surrounding atmosphere is too hot, the system will release the water to the tube and allow the roots to absorb the water; excess water will return back to the container.
“It’s time to play Pong Ball & listen to music!”
The next booth that attracts a lot of children is from Singapore Polytechnic. They invented “MIDI of Things” where the player can play any music using this suite of Arduino-controlled musical instruments. The music is generated by 2 synthesizers and it is designed in a modular concept so that instruments can be added easily using MIDI format.
The next invention by Singapore Polytechnic is this LED Pong – the old times favorite. With a LED matrix as a display and 2 potentiometers as the controllers, players will turn the potentiometers to control the paddles to hit the ball. Every 10 seconds, the speed of the ball increases. Once a player has scored 10 points, the games ends and the LED matrix will display the winner.
“Seniors can code… So can you!”
Elderly from RSVP Singapore learnt their coding at ITE and they are here at Maker Faire to showcase their inventions too.
The LED board can display alphabet when user pressed on the controller. Another invention is the black floor mat, placing beside the LED board, for nursing home or hospital when the patient get off the bed himself/herself and stepped on the mat, it will send alert to the counter and the nurse can attend to the patient immediately.
There are too many amazing makers and exhibitors at Maker Faire Singapore 2018. We hope to see you next year at Maker Faire Singapore.