I saw an ad on Facebook saying that there will be a Young Tech Fest where people can try out 3D printing and I remembered how Ace wanted to try it during the Maker Faire.. so since it was the holidays, we decided to make a trip there and see see look look..
Asked Max to drop us off at Suntec on his way to work and then first.. we went to eat bfast and fill up our tummies:)
Beyblades I think. Anyway, we won about equal number of times each.. so I aint too bad leh:) hahaha...
There are actually many booths and you are given a card so you have to download an app, go to the booths and complete the tasks so that you can download "apples" in this app... and also get chops so tat you can exchange for your goodie bag.. And all the tasks are actually some variation of programming...
Here it is!
I asked the boys Republic Poly in the booth how long it took them to come up with the game and they said it took about a month or so cos coming up with the game and programming it takes relatively shorter time as compared to designing the graphics..
Anyway, according to him, Singapore is not a place for inventors and scientist as he knows quite a few people who had great inventions and when they went to the govt for funding, they were rejected and so they went overseas and when it got big, the govt tried to woo them back but like Ace and his friends like to say, "too bad, too sad, " they already made it overseas and did not want to come back. I would say he sounded bitter too... so I jokingly asked if he was voting for opossition this election.. hahaha:)
Oh well, I guess this turning us into a smart nation thing is new and probably the people who are in this in future may be a little more appreciated for their efforts. In the past I guess the govt was a little more focused on making sure everyone was more like a robot with the same thoughts and thinking and even maybe skill sets so they can contribute in the way the govt wants them to contribute... people who think out of the box do not exactly fit this mould and are thus not really appreciated I guess... or maybe the people involved to not have foresight.. but well, I know lots of pple who got alot of govt funding and I think it is just a matter of presenting it well or not :) So leh, marketing and presentation skills are impt even when you are an inventor or a scientist!:)
I found out when we were fiddling with this that Ace actually only likes to build lego.. But he does not enjoy programming it to move or anything like tat.. which is why I am glad we did not send him for lessons or buy him the mindstorms set though I think it is very interesting...
Very curious why my son is only about building and what will be his chosen calling when he grows up :)
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