Student Life
6th September 2019

Science Buskers Festival 2019

Organised by the Singapore Science Centre and A*STAR, the Science Buskers Festival is a competition that aims to spread key messages relating to the importance of inspiring an interest in science. During the competition, contestants do a “show-and-tell” on any science topic, and judging is based on audiences’ votes and judges’ scores.

In May, four teams of Dunman High students were registered for the Science Buskers Festival 2019:

 

Team Student Participants Class
Bubble Tea-m Young Xin Ye

Lim Eun Kah

Lee Wei Laurent

2J

2J

2J

Team Byscuit Chee Cheng Yinn Sheri

Vicky Ang Xin En

Chin Yenn

2J

2J

2J

The Egglets Siobhan Rose Lee

Jeff Lim

Lim Kai Yang Gareth

2J

2J

2J

The 3 Musketeers Toh En Xian Novelle

Vanessa Quek Jinghui

Chen Xinyi

3L

3L

3K

In early July, all four teams underwent an audition round, where the Bubble Tea-m had their efforts paid off and made it to the finals!

In their project, the Bubble Tea-m boiled bubble tea of varying sugar levels to demonstrate the the amount of sugar present after the milk, tea and other content have been removed. By explaining that excessive consumption of sugar can cause diabetes, heart diseases, high serum uric acid levels and acne, the project aims to persuade the public to consume less of these sweetened beverages, especially 100% sugar bubble tea which has three times more sugar than most drinks.

 

The Bubble Team went through intensive preparation and coaching sessions before engaging the public during 30 and 31 Aug 2019 at Plaza Singapura, where they tried their best to garner votes from the audience. Although the team did not clinch an award, the team members had enjoyed the busking process, gained valuable experience and acquired many learning points from their participation.

As shared by the Bubble Tea-m members, they had wished to be creative in coming up with a topic involving science that can resonate with the public and at the same time be useful to them.

They overcame challenges and were glad to make it into the finals. The busking rounds lasted long duration for two days, where they had to conduct the experiment and explain to members of the public without much rest. Even though the process was tedious, the team members felt that the responses from the public were priceless and made up for the hard work that they had gone through!

The Dunman High Science Department would like to continue sending students for the Science Buskers Festival in the years to come. It is hoped that this can serve as one of the many platforms to stimulate students’ interest and curiosity in science, develop their ability in communicating science, and also hone their skills in presenting and busking interesting science projects!

 

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