Learn more about germs - "Genefest" at Science Centre

 

THE Genefest event at the Science Centre during the 14-26 July period has "Microbes" as its theme. With the increasing incidence of microbe infections in the world today, activities on the impact of microbes in our environment and the diseases they cause have been developed for participants. Participants will be provided with a booklet to guide them through the various activities of the event.

 

The activities are open to all visitors and members of Science Centre (targeted for ages 10 years and above). Registration for the activities is required and is made on a first-come-first-served basis at the entrance of the Science Centre (Genefest.09 counter). Registration closes 30 minutes before activity begins.

 

Genefest Activities  (14-26 July)

 

A. Science Show- ‘Microbes’

Venue: Dalton Auditorium

Capacity: 200

Duration: 30 minutes

Dates/TimesTue (14/7) - Fri (17/7) & Mon (20/7) – Fri (24/7)  / 11am only; Sat (18/7, 25/7), Sun (19/7, 26/7)  / 1.30pm only

Level: Activities targeted at upper primary to lower secondary levels

 

Believe it or not, we are surrounded by tiny creatures called microbes which can easily spread from one person to another. Come and learn more about these unfriendly creatures and how easily they spread. Find out what happens when they enter our body and what we can do to prevent it.

B. Microbes and Man- Gallery Trail

Venue: Genome / Human Body / Living with Viruses Galleries

Capacity: 100

Duration: 1 hour

Dates/Times: Tue (14/7)- Fri (17/7) & Mon (20/7) – Fri (24/7) / 11am, 12pm & 1pm

Level: Targeted at upper primary to secondary levels

 

Be introduced to the world of microbes and the effect they have on our human body. Engage with our interactive exhibits at the ‘Living with Viruses’ exhibition and at our popular ‘Human Body’ exhibition. Learn more about viruses such as Influenza, SARS, HFMD, Dengue and many more as you explore the delicate balance of the relationship between viruses, humans and other species that share a common environment. A booklet to guide you with your learning journey on viruses will be provided.

C. Microbes in the Kitchen

Venue: Kitchen Lab

Capacity: 40

Duration: 30 minutes

Dates/Times: Tue 14/7- Fri 17/7 & Mon 20/7 – Fri 24/7; Sat 18/7, 25/7 & Sun 19/7, 26/7  / 11am & 12pm

Level: Activities targeted at upper primary to secondary levels

 

Microbes are everywhere! You cannot see them with your naked eye. Did you know that they are even present in your own kitchen? Some microbes can change the smell, taste, flavour, pH and even texture of your food. Come and learn about the different types of microbes and also the effects they have in our food. At the end of the session, you will make your own edible “Cell”.

D. Outbreak!

Venue: DNA Learning Laboratory

Capacity: 40

Duration: 30 minutes

Dates/Times: Tue 14/7- Fri 17/7 & Mon 20/7 – Fri 24/7 ; Sat 18/7 & Sun 19/7, 26/7  /  11am & 12pm

Level: Activities targeted at upper primary to lower secondary levels

 

Outbreaks of infectious diseases have been in the news lately, from food poisoning cases to the global spread of H1N1 flu. Scientists must identify the exact disease-causing organism, using a variety of tools at their disposal. Try out some of these techniques through an outbreak simulation at the DNA Lab. Hands on activities at the lab include microscope viewing and bacteria growth techniques.

E. ‘How Animals and Insects Spread Diseases’

Venue: Eco Lab

Capacity: 80

Duration: 30 minutes

Dates/Times: Tue 14/7- Fri 17/7 & Mon 20/7 – Fri 24/7 ; Sat 18/7, 25/7 & Sun 19/7, 26/7 / 10.30am & 11.30am

Level: Activities targeted at upper primary to lower secondary levels

 

Vectors are animals that transmit diseases to humans. The four main vectors of concern include mosquitoes, rats, cockroaches and flies. By identifying and eradicating the sites that harbour or breed them, everyone can play a part in stopping infectious diseases. Come join us in the exciting search for potential vector sites set up at the Eco-Garden. Take part in hands-on activities at the lab and in the garden as they learn more on how animals and insects spread diseases.