Science Centre Singapore’s longest-running initiative, the Young Scientist Badge Programme introduces 3 new badges with a special 3-days trail.
Venue: Science Centre Singapore
Dates: 18 - 20 Oct
Admission: $5 for booklet to take part in trail, admission to Science Centre Singapore applies
Inaugurated in 1982 with just four badges, the Young Scientist Badge (YSB) Programme has grown by leaps and bounds with over one million badges awarded island-wide over its 40 years.
The Young Scientist Badge
Many parents may remember taking part in the YSB programme in their primary school years. This programme was open exclusively to primary school students, participants were awarded between one to three “stars” for completing a task and could earn themselves a badge upon collecting 15 to 20 “stars”.
Fan-favourites are the Young Entomologist, Young Botanist and Young Zoologist, and newer, trend-mirroring ones like the Young Sustainability Champion badge were added through the years as the programme evolves in response to developments in society and the scientific field.
3 New Badges Announced
As part of the 40 years celebrations, the Science Centre Singapore announced the launch of three new badges, the multidisciplinary, “I am a young Marie Curie” and “I am a young Margaret Fountaine” badges, as well as the Young Fabricator Badge to be launched in 2023.
This brings the total number of badges to 25 this year.
The Marie Curie and Margaret Fountaine Trail
Inspired by pioneers of science - Marie Curie and Margaret Fountaine, the young Marie Curie and Margaret Fountaine badges are curated to encourage a spirit of innovation and societal norms-defying resilience, as exhibited by the Nobel winning physicist and the prolific lepidopterist during their time.
Exclusively from 18 – 20 Oct, families can embark on a one-of-a-kind Marie Curie and Margaret Fountaine Trail at Science Centre Singapore priced at $5 each, and complete missions guided by a physical trail booklet.
- Marie Curie Trail - Learning about radioactive compounds and their uses in today’s world, performing a repulsion test to investigate magnetic properties, and making a solar lamp to demonstrate the use of environmentally friendly energy sources.
- Margaret Fountaine Trail - Identifying flowering and non-flowering plants that can be found in Singapore, testing high sugar and liquid foods that butterflies enjoy feeding on, and learning how climate change affects the population of monarch butterflies
Those who complete the trail will be entitled to a physical “I am a young Marie Curie” and/or “I am a young Margaret Fountaine” badge and trail booklet, which are part of a limited-edition collection and only available on the three days.
After which the two new badges will join the ranks of the other badges and can be earned online.