Opening Address by Guest-Of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Education, Communications and Information at the Opening Ceremony of Singapore Science Festival 2015 and Launch of X-Periment! Carnival, 10 July 2015, Vivocity Central Court

Published Date: 10 July 2015 12:00 AM

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Ms Tan Yen Yen
Chairman, Science Centre Board

Professor Alfred Huan,
Executive Director of A*STAR Graduate Academy and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing,

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng,
Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Boys and Girls,

1.I am delighted to join you this morning to launch the Singapore Science Festival 2015.

2.The Singapore Science Festival is an opportunity to celebrate not just achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), but also the spirit of inquiry, creativity, problem-solving and life-long learning. A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore have been working to bring STEM out of the classroom and into the community, and to help us appreciate the significance of STEM in our everyday lives.

3.The theme for this year’s Singapore Science Festival is “Changemakers of Science”. We are living in exciting times where technology and science are advancing quicker than ever.

4.For Singapore, STEM will be an important changemaker that helps to boost innovation. An example is the use of technology in Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, which will help us to harness information communication technologies, networks and data to support higher quality living, create more abundant opportunities and strengthen communities. Whether it is empowering groups of people to self-organise, helping policymakers make better and more timely decisions, or enabling fellow Singaporeans with disabilities to enjoy greater opportunities for interaction and independent living, we are just beginning to harness the transformative power that is ultimately brought about by STEM.

5.How can we ensure that Singaporeans can keep pace with and stay at the forefront of rapid changes in science and technology? The answer may lie in STEM education, which will help to grow the pipeline of STEM talent and Changemakers. I hope that through the Singapore Science Festival, more youths will discover the wonders of STEM, and devote themselves to positively transforming our society.

6.To do this, I encourage students to “Step Out for Science” and take part in the large-scale National Science Experiment, which is one of the events in the Festival. The National Science Experiment will help students to learn how science and technology can be used to analyse big data, so that they can make better, more informed decisions regarding their daily activities. This is an exciting undertaking, as more than 250,000 students are expected to take part.

7.STEM education is not only for students. I would also like to encourage everyone – not just children and youths, but also adults and senior citizens – to take part in as many activities as possible during this month dedicated to the learning of science. There will be more than 50 events happening throughout the Festival that illustrate how science and technology impacts on every facet of our lives, ranging from astronomy and ethics to animal behavior.

8.Before I conclude, I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in making the Singapore Science Festival 2015 possible. I hope that you too will gain new insights into the wonderful world of science.

9.I wish all of you a wonderful day ahead, and a successful Festival. Thank you!

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