Fun Rocks @ LKCNHM
A fundraising carnival for NUS Science Merit Scholarship
On the morning of 11 November, the Lee Kong Chian Natural Museum (LKCNHM) was transformed into a carnival of family fun, with live performances by student bands, game booths and food stalls. This special and memorable event drew over 1,400 visitors.
The carnival Fun Rocks was organised by the Faculty of Science and LKCNHM in support of fundraising efforts for the NUS Science Merit Scholarship. The scholarships initiative was launched at a dinner in April graced by President Tony TAN. The Faculty has since raised more than 30 scholarships. Our scholarship programme helps talented students to achieve their educational and career goals, while nurturing the value of giving back to society.
The Guest of Honour for the carnival was Mr ONG Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence. Also present were NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Designate Prof HO Teck Hua, Dean of Science Prof SHEN Zuowei, LKCNHM Head Prof Peter NG, Vice Dean (Education and Special Duties) of Science Prof Roger TAN, Special Projects Director Prof Leo TAN, Mr TAN Hsuan Heng, Mr and Mrs Von LEE, as well as Mr and Mrs Veera SEKARAN.
Minister Ong and the invited guests toured the museum and interacted with the children who attended the specially organised ‘Documenting Nature Workshop’.
Visitors handmade their ‘gyotaku’ print reusable bags at the “Documenting Nature Workshop’
SEE TOH Sheng Jie, a student at Pathlight School, presented Minister Ong a personally handmade set of clay dinosaurs as a memento of the event. Before his departure, Minister Ong admired the beautiful drawings of biodiversity done by LKCNHM staff Muhammad Dzaki Bin SAFARUAN. The Minister graciously added his drawing to mark his visit.
Sheng Jie presented Minister Ong with a personally handmade set of clay dinosaurs
Minister Ong added his drawing to mark his visit
Throughout the day, visitors thronged the museum exhibition halls and basked in the carnival atmosphere. The lively event featured many hands-on activities such as a treasure hunt, soap-making, water tattooing, button badge making, etc. Many visitors, especially the children, were intrigued by the mini exhibitions and interactive games set up by LKCNHM, Science alumni groups and external organisations, namely Siloso Beach Resort, Keat Hong Community Centre Women’s Executive Committee and HomeTeamNS.
Most of the games were prepared to encourage visitors to learn science concepts in a fun and engaging way. The Students’ Science Club alumni booth saw a long queue of visitors trying to slide mugs over the table to earn points for the gift redemption. The table had dry, wet and oily surfaces, to demonstrate the different amount of friction required to bring a moving object to a halt. Students’ Science Club alumnus Elgin TING said, “It is heartening to see my alma mater doing something for the community. This meaningful event was both a fundraiser for scholarships and a community service opportunity that many alumni are happy to support.”
At the Bachelor of Environmental Studies alumni booth, visitors had to keep a plastic container afloat while fishing for marine creatures or rocks that could be found in the 'sea'. The intent of the game was to educate visitors about the types of marine animals and the concept of density.
Seth LEE and his team from the Science Computer-Based Learning Centre alumni group created a DIY claw machine, involving water hydraulics between syringes and their pistons. This helped the participants to understand the concepts of energy transfer when controller syringes are depressed / pumped up and three-dimensional movement which is controlled by three separate syringe sets. He said, “My team and I made the machine in an attempt to break away from conventional carnival games. We were pleased to see participants enjoying themselves while playing. We also received feedback from members of the public requesting for the construction of similar machine sets for homes for the elderly!”
Fun and exciting carnival games and activities
The carnival was a great success, raising over $700,000 for the scholarship initiative. The tickets sold benefitted many community groups, including Blessings in a Bag, Pathlight School, Bartley Community Care Services, Keat Hong Community Centre, Jurong Spring Community Centre, YMCA and HomeTeamNS.
One visitor commented, “The activities were fun and my friends had an enjoyable afternoon. It was wonderful that the activities, like beads crafting, soap making, tattoos and different games, catered to different age groups.”
Click here to view the photo gallery of Fun Rocks @ LKCNHM.
A group photo at the LKCNHM mural wall (From left) Prof Roger Tan, Prof Shen Zuowei, Mr and Mrs Von Lee, Mr Tan Hsuan Heng, Minister Ong Ye Kung, Prof Ho Teck Hua, Mr and Mrs Veera Sekaran, Prof Peter Ng and Prof Leo Tan
A group photo with BioEnsemble
Live performances by NUS students and staff