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Project Reach Out


IHPC supports the community through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort known as Project ReachOut, where our staff are encouraged to volunteer and be socially responsible citizens.

In 2007 and 2008, we adopted Beyond Social Services (Life Programme) and Children’s Aid Society. With Beyond Social Services, our activities focused on inspiring the children to take interest in their studies, especially in the area of Science. At Children’s Aid Society, we set up a computer lab and conducted computer classes for the children.

Starting Jun 2009, we embarked on a new partnership with Touch Community Services - Touch Young Arrows with the same objective of creating interest in science in the children.


Click here to view our video slideshow.

 

Touch Community Services (Touch Young Arrows)


  • Science is Fun!



  • Science is Fun! (24th 2009f June 2009)

    19 children and 25 volunteers

    Science is Fun! was the first ReachOut event conducted for the children (aged 6 - 12) of Touch Young Arrows (Queenstown).

    Our volunteers showed the children various science experiments, which involved producing electricity from fruits and vegetables, as well as finding out the effects of mixing different liquids of varying densities. The children were also treated to a large screen 3D stereographic education video featuring whales and learnt how the stereographic effects can be achieved. Their excitement level peaked when they had their first experience at using laser pointers to play with computer games developed by the researchers of the Lightdraw project team.

    Before closing the event with a lunch, the children solved a series of puzzles to re-cap the learning points that were highlighted during the games and activities.
     

    Group Photo
    Preparing the experiments
    Science Experiment... generating electricity from fruits and vegetables
         
    Science experiment... understanding density
    Using torch and laser light to play computer games
    Watching 3D stereographic video on a large display

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    Beyond Social Services (Life Programme)


  • Back-to-School Celebration 2008

  • Beyond Science - Lights, Camera, Action!

  • Back-to-School Celebration 2007



  • Back-to-School Celebration 2008 (19th 2008f December 2008)

    41 children and 30 volunteers

    41 children from Beyond Social Services had the opportunity to spend a full day at our new office in Fusionopolis and experience some of the technologies we had in place.

    With requests from Beyond Social Services, we had a re-run of some of the popular activities that were conducted in March. These children watched a large screen 3D stereographic educational video featuring whales, played with computer games developed by our own researchers that use laser pointers as control devices, and morphed 2D photographs of their own faces into 3D form. The children also got wet and soapy with science experiments that aimed at explaining the interesting properties of bubbles.
     
    To excite the children into going back to school, our staff personally shopped for gifts that 60 children had listed prior to the event. These gifts were presented to the children after a filling lunch. And after they have happily unwrapped their presents, they were treated to a movie screening before calling it a day.

    Group photo
    Yummy lunch for the children

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    Beyond Science - Lights, Camera, Action! (13th 2008f March 2008)

    30 children and 20 volunteers

    The children had the opportunity to go hands-on and “mess around” with some the most exciting high-tech equipment, while learning about the basic Science concepts behind them.

    They were treated to a 3D stereographic educational video featuring whales which was screened on a 2x3 large tiled display. Using special goggles, children were fascinated by the "illusion" that the whales were swimming out of the screen and right in front of them. They also had a chance to take photographs of their faces, morph them into 3D form just like in computer games and print it out as memento for themselves. The last activity, which gave them the most adrenaline rush, was to play an in-house game that uses laser pointers as control devices, similar to a mouse.

    At the end of the session, the volunteers recapped on the Science behind how those technologies work and how they can be applicable in their daily lives. But more importantly, the take-home message for the children was that learning can be fun and that if they put their heart to studying, they too can get a chance to work with exciting technologies.

    Educational movie IHPC volunteers and Beyond Social Service�s students
    Generating a 3D model of their own face
    Playing computer games using laser lights as the controller
         
    Watching a 3D Steroscopic educational movie

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    Back-to-School Celebration 2007 (18th 2007f December 2007)

    40 children and 32 volunteers

    The event kicked off in the morning at NTU Alumni Clubhouse’s outdoor park with the Amazingly Scientific Race where teams of children had to complete 8 science-based game stations which focused on science concepts that ranged from the understanding of how air fiction affects an airplane’s speed, to effects of chemical reactions and forces. After completing the stations, they had to complete a simple crossword puzzle as a recap of the learning points. All these were planned with the objective of impressing upon the children that Science is fun to learn.

    After a filling buffet lunch, the children headed back to IHPC to receive personal gifts bought by our staff – To excite them into going back to school, several of our staff personally shopped for gifts that 60 children had listed prior to the event. The variety of gifts ranged from school bags, school shoes to books and stationeries

    A caring IHPC staff
    A friend to the children
    Back-to-School presents bought by the IHPC staff
         
    Games played at the Amazingly Scientific Race
    IHPC volunteers and Beyond Social Service’s children
    The future of Singapore

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