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The Maker Faire Singapore Learning Passport

One of the primary cornerstones of the Maker Movement is the learning mindset that makers have and which we hope to spread through the Faire. We are therefore very happy to announce an exciting initiative for Maker Faire Singapore 2016, in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Council and the LearnSG seed fund.


How it works

Step 1: Get a learning passport at the information counters

learnSG passport

Step 2: Make

Try your hand and making something and pick a new skill

Step 3: Snap

Snap a photo of your creation

Step 4: Share

Share it on Facebook of Instagram using the hashtag #LearnSG

Step 5: Print

Now head to the photobooth to print your photo.

What you can make. All activities are free of charge for Maker Faire Singapore attendees

Light Puppet Theatre. Learn about light and shadows in this DIY shadow puppet theatre. Bring it home for hours of fun for children.


String Art- String art teaches you that Science, Maths and Art are not very far about. Get an appreciation for geometry and patterns through this fun craft, and make a little bookmark

string art


Learn the skill of soldering –  a key skill for any maker.


Paper Quilling-Coils of paper glued into beautiful shapes. Learn this addictive craft from the simplest of everyday materials.


Blink a bottle –Look at the lights on these bottles! learn about basic decoupage and make these little night lanterns

blink a bottle

Yarn bombing: Street art with yarn – and make these little critters, one to bring home and one for the community


Curious Design Network – Learn about empathy when you make something for someone. Design a notebook or a coaster, this time for a friend.

curious design

This project is supported by the LearnSG seed fund




Digigirlz @ Maker Faire Singapore

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Happening at Maker Faire Singapore LT4 on 25th June 2016, 10am to 1pm. Register Now!


Microsoft Logo

Jessica Wong DigiGirlz – Past, Present and Future


Introduction to Computational Thinking

Lesly Goh – Director of Analytics, Microsoft APAC Girl Power in IT – How I started my infocomm journey
Networking Tea Break
Jessica Wong, Shuna Khoo, Candy Wong An Hour of Code Workshop – Everyone starts somewhere
Gary Lim Closing Remarks

Every day is a funfair with the One Maker Group and the Singapore Maker Association

So, you have seen the crafters and the tech enthusiasts. You have met our young makers. You understand that the maker movement is a combination of crafting, technology, Science and sheer audacity. Our community partners from the One Maker Group bring new meaning to this term, with a bunch of pretty crazy projects.

Here is a sneak preview into some scenes that have been going on in the labs for the past weeks.


Modular Hovercraft

Designed and developed by 13 year old Karthikey, The Hovercraft Team does not want to just glide humans along the ground with its hovercraft, it wants to glide everything else too. With its modular design, you can do things like hover-ball (football), bumper-craft (bumper cars) and even laser-craft (laser tag), and each module can be switched out for you to customise your own fun and unique experience.

Plastic Injection machine

Inspired by Precious Plastic, the team will be melting plastic waste and  remoulding them into all manner of plastic products with their self-made plastic injection machine. Over the past few weeks, the team has also been caught melting aluminium, so who knows what else they have up their sleeves…?



If you like tiny smartphone holograms, then you’re going to love the massive holographic display that the team is working to bring to you this Maker Faire. And you can own your own DIY hologram kit too!

Misbehaving umbrellas


Don’t go near the umbrellas! Inspired by how humans only notice machines and their importance when they misbehave, these silly shades have been rigged to react to humans in all the wrong ways. Be sure to approach them with an open mind, because these not-so-open umbrellas will make sure you will never see them the same way again.

Cotton Candy Shooter

Think Spider-Man, but with cotton candy. Inspired by none other than Spider-Man’s amazing web-shooting skills, this team of sweet folks wants to make you as sweet as themselves by spraying you with streams of cotton candy! Their one-of-a-kind cotton candy shooter is a combination of molten sugar, rapid bursts of air, the Bernoulli Effect – and many hours of sticky fun.



Co-developed with HomeFix XPC. Inspired by Man-At-Arms videos and DIY blacksmiths, the team is creating their very own take on the blacksmithing experience using everyday
materials. Visitors can expect to try their hand at either hammering steel at the team’s hot forge or shaping aluminium and copper at their cold forge.

Smart Health and Smart Homes at Maker Faire Singapore


The world of digital business calls for increasing proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Cognizant believes that sparking an interest in STEM education among young people is crucial to meeting the demands of an innovation economy. As part of our endeavor to help close the talent gap in STEM fields, encourage creativity and innovation, and prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunities, we have been a supporter of the Maker movement and are now a proud sponsor of Maker Faire Singapore, 2016.


At Maker Faire Singapore 2016, we will offer a real-time, interactive experience in next-generation digital technology such as the Internet of Things (IOT) and demonstrate how it will impact Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.

Cognizant offers IOT consulting, strategy, implementation, and operational support to help simplify the complexities of IOT and leverage it to address a wide range of social and business concerns. Our managed innovation process helps take ideas from the drawing board to prototype, and then scales the best ones rapidly with our proven global delivery model. We bring together the right blend of industry knowledge, strategy, design thinking and technology capabilities to help companies seamlessly unite their physical and virtual worlds.

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Smart Home with Raspberry Pi

Powered by the latest technology in the field of IOT Raspberry Pi, Smart Home lets you control various home appliances with your hand phone or laptop. Our aim is to spark creativity among young minds by getting them to experience hands-on building of their own smart home using coding and Raspberry Pi console.

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Smart Health

Cognizant will demonstrate how IOT is all set to transform healthcare as we know it. We will demonstrate how your private physiotherapist may soon be available at your service anytime, anywhere. Here we will leverage gaming platforms and devices such as Microsoft Kinect to monitor and correct physical movements in Physiotherapy. People can perform prescribed exercises as shown on a TV panel in the convenience of their homes. At Maker faire, you will get to experience it first-hand. We will also demonstrate other IOT devices in healthcare.

Lightsabers, healthcare solutions and IoT foosball

Intel invents at the very boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible today and in the future for all sectors of business, and for every person on Earth.  From powering the latest devices and the cloud you depend on, to driving policy, diversity, sustainability and education, we create value for our stockholders, customers and society.

Intel is proud to be a sponsor at Maker Faire Singapore 2016.

Maker Faire Singapore is a strong platform for Intel to showcase our commitment to the Maker movement and young developers. We hope to not only showcase how Intel can power amazing ideas into reality but reach out to potential developers, equip them with the know-how and tools to truly make anything their minds can think of. Maker Faire not only helps cultivate young minds to start dreaming, inventing and creating, but also showcases the versatility and power of Intel’s technology.

Here are some of the cool projects that you can find at the Intel space at the Faire


PD loggers

Powered by Intel® Edison, PD Loggers presents a wearable 3-sensor based system that can monitor the wearer’s gait remotely, for example from the wearer’s home, to aid doctors in determining the severity of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) of their patients without needing them to travel down to the clinic for appointments which can present inconveniences.

This system also aims to detect signs of Freezing-of-Gait (FoG), a symptom experienced by PD patients which puts them at risk of falls and injury, in order to give early warnings to the wearer so that he/she can better manage his symptoms and reduce the risk of falls and injury.

PD Loggers were the grand winners of Intel® Invent 50 2015, a competition by Intel to celebrate IoT solutions developed by tertiary students to solve real world problems.


Synapse Swarm Sense

With Intel® Edison and Intel® RealSense™ inside, this project aims to showcase benchtop robots developed as service robots to perform useful tasks for humans like surveillance or room delivery in a hotel. Using various sensor modalities and camera feed processing methods on the cloud, context relevant results are generated and utilised.

Swarm Sense was the Finalist at the Intel® Invent 50 2015, a competition by Intel® to celebrate IoT solutions developed by tertiary students to solve real world problems.



Powered by Intel® Edison, Energie Corp presents a client-centred IoT Solution that focus on energy conservation and also can help companies usher in an era of sustainable energy.

Energie Corp (formerly known as Team Green) was the 2nd Runner-up of Intel® Invent 50 2015, a competition by Intel® to celebrate IoT solutions developed by tertiary students to solve real world problems.

This solution aims to design an IoT solution for all, with its customisable, flexible and modular design structure that can be deployed at any location be it offices, homes or manufacturing plants.


The Lightsaber and Mjolnir

This demo aims to showcase Intel® Edison IoT capabilities using Intel® Edison WiFi service to interface to Lightsaber and Mjolnir’s microcontroller system.

The Lightsaber and Mjolnir will output accelerometer event data to a Intel® Edison WiFi Server and information will be displayed via laptop.


Foo Star

Developed by Windriver, this smart connected foosball table is fun for all ages. With Intel® Edison and Intel® Galileo inside, Foo Star allows IoT enabled foosball matches.



Projects by Nanyang Polytechnic

Water Irrigation System

This project provides an unsupervised plant watering system allowing user to keep the plant healthy while unattended over a short period of time.

This project measures the moisture level in the soil and perform automatic water irrigation if the moisture level falls below a preset threshold. The moisture level in the soil and the water irrigation schedules are logged and display on Internet of Things (IoT) platform, ThingSpeak. With the system connected to the Cloud, user can deploy it at home while leaving for short vacation without compromising the health of the plant.   This smart connected system builds upon Intel® Edison and utilizes Intel® Edison connectivity to achieve real time data logging. User is able to view the health conditions of the plant and system behavior, for example moisture level of the soil, time when plant is watered and the remaining volume of water in the reservoir, via any cloud connected devices.

Air Quality Measurement System

Powered by Intel® Edison, his project provides air quality monitoring with an alarm where a user can deploy at any location. The user can also access the air quality data through various web access platforms and receive notifications when air quality exceeds an unhealthy threshold level.

This system measures the pm2.5 level to determine the air’s dust condition and also measure the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) sensor output for air contaminants and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) level against a preset threshold. The sensor data is logged periodically and displayed on an Internet of Things (IoT) platform, ThingSpeak. This system can be deployed at home, the office and the factory or any indoor sites allowing the user to view the collected data from the system, for example, PM2.5 level of dusty conditions and VOC gas level via any internet connected devices.

Safe from Elevator Grip

This project serves to detect obstacles in blind spots of single and multi-beam elevator. This smart system aims to eliminate elevator accidents by providing a more sensitive detection of obstacle through minimal enhancement of the existing elevator setup.

The Detection Module comprises of an obstacle sensor and a servo motor which is attached to the elevator door to detect obstacles in blind spots.   When there is no obstruction, the lever attached to the servo will remain at vertical position, parallel to the elevator door. When an obstruction is detected, the obstacle sensor will be triggered and servo will rotate the lever by 90º,  triggering the elevator safety beam for the door to retract.  Designed as a connected system, elevator malfunction can be detected through capturing of abnormal door closing patterns which can be analysed to serve as a trigger point for preventive maintenance or servicing. This project is powered by Intel® Edison.

Tinkering in the early years

Implemented for the first year, Creative Curious Tinkers is a collaboration between Science Centre Singapore and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) under the Innovation Guidance Programme (IGP). 30 pre schools participated in the programme with the intention of developing a tinkering corner, makerspace or maker curriculum in the school. .

As this was the first full day workshop that we have done, especially for teachers for the really oung ones, we had a nice challenge curating the right kind of activities. We decided to have plenty of reflections to complement the many hands on activities. Much of the inspiration for the reflections and sharing, as well as activity faciltiation came from the Innovative Learning Centre, led by Susan Crichton. The team had a chance to meet up with Susan last year when she was in Singapore and had several insights into the training of educators which we put in place. We were also very inspired by Maureen Carrol from the D. school and copied activities unabashedly from her book DesignEd.

Standup, have vertical surfaces, plenty of open ended activities, lots of movement and cross pollination – these are what make Making and Tinkering different from sit down programmes at school.  Making ties very closely to self directed learning, and it was important for the teachers to understand the role of the tinkering space to bring out the individual creativity of the student.

We had three activities – the Marshmallow Challenge, Squishy Circuits and the Marble Run. T

Where appropriate, we tied the activities to the kinderarten learning framework and the iTeach principles.  It was helpful to do this mapping, both for us, as the teachers, enabling them to look at Making and Tinkering beyond a Science Activity. Much of this also came out in the teachers’ mid curriculum implementation. We heard statements like “Tinkering is a totally different approach. That is what we realized as we put the programme together”, which was very heartening to hear.

We had a tinkering kit that we put together, as well as a relevant resource kit with starter activities. Another wonderful thing that we discovered was how willing teachers were to stretch their students. We had teachers enthusiastically jumping on activities like cardboard automata and paper circuits, which we had included in the activity list with some trepadition, due to the level of fine motor skills involved. But as far as we could observe, both from the teacher enthusiasm as well as the videos of the children that were shared with us, kids as young as five and six have no problems at all with these activities.

During the brainstorming session, teachersbrought up excellent concepts from what they have learnt and included ideas which they felt will be useful to help build the skills in a child.


We are really looking forward to the work by the teachers and to share what the preschoolers are tinkering.

There is so much for young children@MFSG2016

Are you a parent coming with a child to Maker Faire Singapore? At Maker Faire, we believe that making starts very young and from the home. So what can parents and children do at Maker Faire Singapore?


At thinkspace, our community partner Ground Up Initiative will be bringing the Kampung Spirit down to Maker Faire 2016! We will be showcasing a wide variety of activities, taking you on an enlightening journey through time and its various learning techniques. These activities range from old school activities such as calligraphy and making your own medieval catapults, to modern day activities such as electronics workshops and upcycling of recycled waste materials


Just next to the Ground up initiative is the space curated by our other community partners at the Playeum. A small version of their new exhibition Hideaways, Playeum’s space will feature a bug hotel that children can build and bring home, as well as a collaborative art installation.

Drop into the dark space to join the Science Educators from the Tinkering Studio at Science Centre. Families and children will be working together to explore light and shadows using everyday items. Learn also how you can create a light box at your own home.


At Labs Central, be delighted by what parents and children from the pre school market are getting upto. Learn about how you can introduce children to Science, Tchnology, Engineering, Art and Maths through the playmaker programme and chill out in the dreamspace dome created with cardboard

At the young makers zone, catch up with some of our maker families, Rasheeda Banu and Shafeefa, Anjali and Sophia Curic, Wee Yang and Yee Chern and other families who have taken the maker mindset into the home. What projects can young children come up with, how can you, as parents and educators encourage them and create a conducive makerspace at the home to encourage the young innovators?

And then drop in at the Imagin8ors and the strawbees booths where children can construct and make to their hearts content.


For parents with young kids, especially under 12, we are in the process of developing a special workshop on 26th June 10am to 1pm. Tinker and collaborate on an arcade game, bring your game to setup a booth at the Faire for a short period. A great chance to collaborate with your youn ones and learn together. Details coming soon.

For more structured workshops, try circuit stickers or Kodu Game programming. If you would like your child to pick up a craft, drop into the craft zone or try your hands on glass mosaics

So prepare for a great rollercoaster ride, you are never too young to start Making and Tinkering at Maker Faire Singapore!

For students at Maker Faire Singapore

Are you a student or a school group visiting Maker Faire Singapore? Or a teacher looking for opportunities that the Maker movement offers for Education? Then, here are a few highlights that you should not miss.


Labs Central If you are on a time crunch, Labs Central will give you the best overview of the maker ecosystem in Singapore. From hobby makers to crafters, communities, organizations and institutes, these carefully selected group of makers will give you a great introduction to how the maker movement can influence your thinking, right from the very young.

At the young makers area, schools and families will be sharing their interactive projects. We are seeing an increasing number of young makers over the last few years, something that really heartens us. Here, teachers can drop in to find out how schools are embracing the maker culture. Parents can drop by to chat with other parents on how they incorporate Making into their everyday activities.

Interested in the role of technology in the maker movement ? From arduinos to IoT, robotics  and VR, at the techzone, you can find out how these tools can be effectively employed for projects.

Join the many free workshops happening during the Faire. Recommended for students are the many workshops happening as part of the developer track (Register at

Scratch + Makey Makey Learn to use Makey Makey and Scratch while appreciating how technology helps in creating a caring and loving living environment.

Creating an Arduino Robot Want to learn and harness the power of Electronics and Microcontrollers to create your first robot? This is the right course for you as we explore the powers of microcontroller programming and shield add-ons to control motors and read sensor inputs.

Intro Crashcourse for Hobbyists Ever wanted to learn how to get started on building interesting Arduino projects? This workshop aims to introduce the key concepts of microcontroller programming and basic electronics. No prior knowledge is required.

Hope Technik workshop (Details coming soon)

HackAble by Engineering Good Engineering Good’s HackAble workshop aims to engage participants in a hands-on learning experience to build low-cost, DIY assistive devices for persons with disabilities, while raising awareness about disabilities and how technology can enable and empower those with disabilities. The workshop will respond to the needs of disability organisations, and products made through it will be given to these organisations after the event.
At Maker Faire, participants will have an opportunity to make an adapted computer mouse that is suitable for people with disabilities.
Scratch and Tofu Piano In this short workshop, learn how to use capacitive sensing to turn regular blocks of tofu into “piano keys” that play sounds when touched.

Registration for the developers track is open at

Digigirlz by Microsoft (Details coming soon)

Register at:




Istana Open House 2016

It was truly an eye-opening experience to be present at the Istana’s Open House. Having a wide variety of pop-up makerspaces set-up to engage families and their children in a hands-on learning experience of creating and building on their own makes the moment even more  treasured. It was a heart-warming experience to see so many children and their parents enjoying themselves in the activities that they do, which is in conjunction with our theme, ‘Happy City’.

The event was a collaboration between the Life Long Learning Institute, Science Centre Singapore, the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), community partners which includes Imagin8ors, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) and local makers Elda Webb, Annabel Tan, Adrian Curic and Bart Ting, to propose a fulfilling parent-child tinkering session to experience learning through Making. Both parent and child were encouraged to build and make on their own elements of a vision of a future Singapore, which can then be placed on a 6m by 6m city map of Singapore.



It was nice to see everyone enjoying themselves at the various pop-up spaces.

Children were encouraged to play around and have fun with what they make at the ‘Cars’ and ‘Planes and Boats’ pop-up space. Participants were given resources like foam boards, foam sheets, wooden dowels, balloons, vibromotors and straws to create on their own. As for ‘Boats’,  the really young kids had a great time splashing in a mini wading pool and blowing their boats.

What can be more alluring than flying balloons? Balloons with wings, of course. And so when we ran out of wing materials halfway through the day, the team improvised wildly and tore up all the flyers to make plane wings.

Annabel, a Maker herself facilitated participants in making ‘people-like’ creation using polymer clay. And then we had to chase them to place their people on the map, because, the people were obviously too pretty and everyone wanted to bring them home.

Here at ‘Buildings’,  volunteers from the Ground Up Initiative created buildings using various sizes of wooden blocks and also artificial grass.

As for ‘Circuits’, the participants were encouraged to make something out of colourful dough or a cut-out using foam sheets and construction papers which they can then form a circuit with LEDs, crocodile clips, copper tapes and batteries respectively. Decorative items like googly eyes, feathers and pipe cleaners were also provided for them to be open in their creation. Some of our favorites – Giant squids and Sea Dragonous Giganticus Maximus in the oceans of Singapore. And then someone had to make a Jurassic park to house these giant beasts!

Plant lovers were especially attracted to the ‘Nature’ pop-up space as it not only allowed them to make their own planter but they are able to choose which plants they prefer as there were a few types of plants provided for them to choose.


As evening set in, a giant cardboard lion rose out of the tent, giving its blessings to the makers in the space. Inspired by the lion, families got together to make their own picnic tables and chairs using cardboard blockies.


Through it all, it was a really fun-filled event and we hope to see everyone filled with excitement again in our next event!

The president himself dropped by at the makerspace and added the finishing touches to the model of the Istana. We were very heartened to see both Mr and Mrs Tan confidently using the glue gun to attach pillars and the Singapore flag to the Istana, which indeed looked beautiful presiding over the Singapore map.





Funbiestudios @ Maker Faire Singapore

Come by to see and learn about 3D Modelling, 3D Printing and Post-Processing of 3D Printing with the following: + Live Demonstration of 3D Printers + Showcase of 3D Designs used in various Designs, Crafts, Miniatures, Props and more