For Singapore Design Week 2023, STEMIE Advantages presents ‘Bee Inspired: Learning to Redesign Homes for Better and More Sustainable Living’.

Come and experience the process of design and innovation through exploring the homes we live in!

Program 1: A Buzzing Home
(For Kids Aged 6 - 8 Years)

Summary: “A Buzzing Home” is an exciting workshop designed for kids aged 6-8 years old. Inspired by the leafcutter bees, students will explore how these tiny creatures design their homes and the challenges they face. Through engaging activities using the Lemelson-MIT STEAM activity book, young participants will delve into the world of design thinking, problem-solving, and innovation.

Key Learning Points:

  • Understanding the world of leafcutter bees and their unique home-building techniques.
  • Identifying problems and needs, fostering empathy towards nature and the environment.
  • The process of ideation and designing, enabling children to think creatively about solutions.
  • Utilizing recyclable materials to create prototypes, promoting sustainable practices.

Program 2: Housing Hackers
(For Kids Aged 9 and Up)

Summary: “Housing Hackers” is an exciting workshop designed for children aged 9 and above. Participants will be encouraged to think critically about housing issues in Singapore, with a focus on sustainability, accessibility, and diversity. Taking inspiration from leafcutter bees and observing various housing types from around the world, students will engage in an interactive learning experience.

Key Learning Points:

  • Identifying and framing housing problems in Singapore, fostering an understanding of real-world issues.
  • Introduction to SCAMPER ideation technique for brainstorming innovative solutions.
  • Designing and prototyping ideas using recyclable materials, promoting sustainability.
  • Emphasizing the importance of diverse and accessible housing solutions.

About Singapore Design Week

One of Asia’s premier design festivals, Singapore Design Week (SDW) celebrates Singapore’s distinctive brand of creativity, exploring design through three defining festival pillars: Design Futures (the design of the future and the future of design), Design Marketplace (lifestyle trends with a spotlight on Southeast Asia), and Design Impact (innovative solutions for a better world). Organised by the DesignSingapore Council, SDW is a celebration of creativity and innovation, championing thought leadership and showcasing the best of design from Singapore and beyond.