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Beyond Awesome: Walking on Water (STEM) Workshop

DATE:  16th September 2017 (Saturday)

TIME:  3:30PM to 5:30PM

VENUE:  315 Outram Road, #08-06A Tan Boon Liat Building.


Starch is a plant saccharide, and an important component of potatoes. Right? You’ll never look at a humble spud the same way again. In this workshop, cornstarch is used to make a fluid that behaves as a solid. You can walk on water, if you just add cornstarch! Other than playing with non-newtonian fluids, students will also get to do some food science. Students will make Japanese mochi, soft filled dumplings made of glutinous rice flour and potato starch that contains starch grains. The mochi have a delicious chewiness because of the structure of the starch grains!

This workshop is best suited for kids 6 and up! Parents are welcome to sit in during the session or drop-off.

This workshop is led by Tan Yi Han who is a Scientist with a passion for research and education. She majored in Molecular and Cell Biology, and graduated from NUS in 2016. Besides wet lab research, she has taught undergraduate students about biology and scientific writing. Yi Han has been a WorldChangeAgent with Blessings in a Bag since 2012 and is interested in science communication.

About Beyond Awesome: While we are aware of the increasing pressure of students to perform well academically in Singapore, we believe it is not everything. Our definition of success is to see each student's emotional intelligence, resilience, confidence and compassion for others be developed throughout our program offerings and to ensure that compassion + empathy are the DNA of every class we run.

There is no such thing as a 'quiet classroom' at our headquarters as we believe learning takes place through communication amongst peers, collaboration and learn-by-doing (and failing)! We run programs such as mindfulness, sport + wellness, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture + Math) and provide once in a lifetime opportunities for our students to personally visit inspiring, innovative, big-name corporates and brands like Twitter.

At Beyond Awesome, students explore the world around them and discover friendships and their potential in life. Our program goals are to nurture and develop each student in our care, so that they leave with the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to be a world-ready individual in today's fast changing era. We combine uniquely big opportunities through offerings such as our 'JalanJalan' experiences with personalised care and individual attention.

Students from high-need communities attend our sessions at no cost, many of whom these opportunities would not be accessible given their families financial background.