Earlier this week, we were invited to witness the premiere launch of Project Breakthrough at the Science Centre Singapore.
The carrot that got me interested to attend was this sentence: “Project Breakthrough is a new learning initiative that features various educational sessions and facility visits and aims to spark interest and passion in modern science and technology among Singaporean children aged 9 to 11 years old.”
At the premiere, I learnt that Breakthrough is a new series airing on National Geographic Channel (NGC) from 7 November (Sat) at 10pm. If you have SingTel TV, it is on SingTel TV 201.
Project Breakthrough was inspired by NGC’s latest production of the same name – Breakthrough, a revolutionary six-part series about scientific explorers from leading universities and institutions, and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in extraordinary ways.
Each hour long series is directed by a Hollywood visionary like Angela Bassett, Peter Berg, Paul Giamatti, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Brett Ratner.
Here is a preview of the six titles:
- Fighting Pandemics (7 Nov)
- More Than Human (14 Nov)
- Decoding The Brain (21 Nov)
- How Long Can We Live? (28 Dec)
- Energy On the Edge (5 Dec)
- Water Apocalypse (12 Dec)
Exclusively for SingTel customers only…
Your young scientists can sign up for the Project Breakthrough sessions and participate in the weekly quizzes and learning sessions from 28 Oct onwards. This programme will launch during the school holidays and the children will get to tour facilities, meet the experts, and learn to create ideas and solutions for current issues.
Guest-of-honour for the evening Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs & Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security, together with the representatives from National Geographic, SingTel and Singapore University of Technology and Design officiated the launch.
(From L-R) Dr Yao Wei Yun, AStar Institute of Infocomm Research, Ms Sun Young Moon, Vice President, Programming for Nat Geo Channels South East Asia, Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive/Science Centre Singapore, Mr Goh Seow Eng, Managing Director, Home Services/Singtel TV, Professor Martin Dunn, Singapore University of Technology and Design.
A Quick Review Of Breakthrough
We watched “Decoding The Brain” on the huge wide screen at the Omni Theatre. I thought the programme was very interesting but some of the concepts might be too obscure for the kids. This is definitely a programme that the parents need to sit with the kids to watch and explain along the way.
As this was the National Geographic launch, I could not resist taking a photo with the iconic yellow National Geographic rectangle.