Launch of Smart Nation PlayScape: Demystifying Technology Through Play
Launch of Smart Nation PlayScape - Demystifying Technology Through Play
29 May 2023
- Permanent exhibition at Science Centre Singapore developed with ideas, feedback and contributions from more than 200 members of the community
- New ‘digital playground’ seeks to interest children and youths in emerging technology
Want to learn about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning through games? Or “travel” to exotic places such as the Aurora Storms in Greenland or Coral Reefs in Philippines through Virtual Reality (VR) displays? You can do these and more at the Smart Nation PlayScape, co-created with ideas, feedback and contributions from more than 200 members of the community, including students, private companies and members of the public.
Smart Nation PlayScape, an exhibition jointly led by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) and Science Centre Singapore (SCS), aims to demystify technology and inspire young Singaporeans aged 10 and above, to be curious about future technologies. Smart Nation PlayScape also seeks to foster parent-child bonding and interest the wider community on the possibilities that technology has to offer. It was launched today by Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation and Cybersecurity, Mrs Josephine Teo.
Bringing technology to life through fun interactives and games
Smart Nation PlayScape consists of eight zones which showcase the underlying concepts behind technologies in a fun and relatable way. They include: Sensors, Geospatial, Biometrics and Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI and Data Analytics, Robotics, User Experience (UX) and Services, and Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
Guests will get to experience and understand these technologies through multi-player game interactives, for example – by answering a riddle collectively to learn about blockchain, or pitting their doodling skills against a friend’s to learn about AI predictive models. Through gamification, guests will also be able to better appreciate real-life applications of different technologies powering our Smart Nation. More details on the exhibits can be found in the Annex.
Community participation key in shaping visitor experience at Smart Nation PlayScape
Since 2022, SNDGG has been engaging various segments of the community, from students to working adults and retirees, to create a meaningful and enriching experience for guests. Feedback from about 150 members of the public were gathered by our Smart Nation Ambassadors at an early preview of Smart Nation PlayScape, while close to 40 Changkat Changi Secondary School students participated in a focus group discussion in April 2022, which provided deeper insights on the AR and VR zones, and Cabinet of Curiosities. The ideas and suggestions have improved the overall interactivity, accessibility, and wayfinding of the Smart Nation PlayScape, contributing to a more immersive experience for guests. Private companies such as health technology company Oura and Singapore-based toy company Mighty Jaxx also contributed items to showcase how technology has improved our daily lives, from smart rings that can track our sleep patterns and heart rate, to collectible figurines that come with blockchain-based digital certificates to prove their authenticity.
Earlier this year, some of the students from Changkat Changi Secondary School were invited back to participate in a user-testing session. The students were thrilled to witness how their ideas and suggestions came to life. In particular, the students appreciated the interactivity of the AR exhibit, where guests can grow a virtual plant on a tabletop garden scape and how the VR station enabled them to experience places they have never visited.
SNDGG is currently working together with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) students to develop educational resources for primary school students, which will complement their learning experience at the Smart Nation PlayScape. From May to June this year, over 450 NP students will be conducting guided tours for children from student care centres. These firsthand interactions with the children will enable the NP students to develop interactive and engaging content that seeks to pique the interest of our young guests in emerging technology.
To extend the reach of Smart Nation PlayScape, SNDGG is also partnering with National Library Board to bring selected exhibit interactives closer to youths at libraries in various neighbourhoods. Known as Smart Nation PlayScape ‘Lite’, the roving exhibition at the libraries will help to raise awareness and generate excitement about emerging technologies among many Singaporeans, and drive interested youths to explore other library programmes.
Smart Nation PlayScape is a permanent exhibition at Science Centre Singapore, accessible with a general admission ticket. Tickets can be purchased through the online ticketing platform at https://www.gevme.com/scsonlinetickets.
• Factsheet – Smart Nation PlayScape
For media enquiries, please contact:
Shadrina Mohamad (Ms)
Manager, Adoption and Engagement Directorate
Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, Prime Minister’s Office
Tel: 9669 1856
Ms Jyotika Thukral
Senior Manager, Branding & Communications
Science Centre Singapore
Tel: 6425 2541
About Smart Nation and Digital Government Group
The Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) was set up under the Singapore Prime Minister’s Office in May 2017, to drive and coordinate Smart Nation and digitalisation efforts across the Singapore Government.
SNDGG is made up of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), which plans and prioritises key Strategic National Projects, drives the digital transformation of government, builds long-term ICT capabilities for the public sector, and promotes adoption and participation from the public and industry, to take a collective approach in building a Smart Nation. SNDGG also comprises the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), as the implementing agency of SNDGO.
For more information, please visit www.smartnation.gov.sg.
About Science Centre
Science Centre Singapore, a non-formal educational institution and leading regional Science Centre, along with its group of attractions, brings out the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique blend of exhibitions, educational programmes and events. A custodian of creativity and innovation, Science Centre Singapore has captured the evolution of scientific developments for more than four decades.
The Centre and its partners have played a pivotal role in transforming the way students and the public interact with and learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since 1977, the Centre has welcomed over 30 million visitors and inspired them with more than 1,000 exhibits spread across 14 exhibition galleries and outdoor exhibition spaces.
The Centre’s group of attractions include Omni-Theatre, Snow City and KidsSTOP™️. The Omni-Theatre, Southeast Asia’s first 8K 3D digital theatre with a 23m wide seamless dome screen, is an immersive destination like no other. Snow City is Singapore’s only permanent indoor snow centre offering an Arctic inspired experience at Singapore’s first ice gallery and snow chamber. KidsSTOP™️ - Where every child gets to Imagine, Experience, Discover and Dream - is Singapore’s first children’s science centre offering an enriching experience through purposeful play for children aged 18 months to 8 years old.
For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg.