Exhibition on pandemic management to be held at Science Centre Singapore till March 2024; features interactive games, animations

The exhibition, titled ‘Going Viral’, has three zones that focus on distinct themes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farhana Subuhan

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Published: 22 August 2023, 4:36 PM

Visitors to Science Centre Singapore (SCS) can now gain insights into pandemic management and the collaborative role of STEM fields and communities in controlling virus spread through the latest exhibition, Going Viral.

Taking place from August 2023 to March 2024, the exhibition features COVID-19 pandemic aspects while also highlighting how science drives contemporary pandemic interventions and human resilience during crises.

Through the interactive and immersive exhibits, SCS hopes to motivate young individuals toward STEM careers by prompting them with the thought-provoking question on what they would do during the next crisis.

Going Viral will also feature new all-round projections and a 360-degree project mapping. It comprises three themed zones, each featuring a variety of interactive and engaging exhibits.

Zone A: Living with Viruses incorporates entrances designed in a “lock and key” shape, along with interactive multimedia games. It is the largest zone within the exhibition and aims to convey knowledge about viruses, vaccines, and the immune system in an entertaining and interactive way.

Visitors can engage in activities such as dissecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus through an interactive touch table and accessing animations via QR codes. These animations will then reveal lesser-known facts, such as historical global inoculation initiatives.


Titles in Zone A include “Zombie Story”, “The Plague Doctor” and “What Was Killing The Mothers?” PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FARHANA SUBUHAN


Visitors also have the option to scan QR codes, which provide access to ebooks curated by the National Library Board (NLB). They offer in-depth information about various inoculation initiatives and the scientific aspects of viruses.

The ebooks can be downloaded through the NLB mobile app.

The quiz station in Zone B: Let’s Get Quizzical will allow visitors to engage in a quiz presented in a game show format.

The quiz serves as an educational tool to increase one’s understanding on the hazards associated with misinformation and to enhance awareness on the “infodemic.” This term refers to the proliferation of unreliable and false information across social platforms, a phenomenon observed during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Visitors will be given 15 seconds to answer each question in Zone B.


Visitors can then gain insights on the social aspects of pandemics and the resilience demonstrated by communities in Zone C: Pandemics are Social.

The zone comprises two stations containing visually captivating installations. A prominent feature includes four paper dioramas crafted by artist Cheryl Teo from Lulo Paper Studio.


One of the four paper dioramas crafted by artist Cheryl Teo. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/FARHANA SUBUHAN


The dioramas portray recognisable pandemic-related scenes and are named “New Ways of Living”, “Apart, but connected”, “Community Sewing Circle” and “Stories of Kindness”.

Within this zone, three concise animated videos focusing on mRNA vaccine technology are also showcased. The videos were produced by Moderna Biotech Singapore, a biotechnology enterprise recognised for developing an early messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors can also view moving photographs that depict how communities have come together to support each other during the pandemic. These were contributed by the public and collated by NLB.

Additionally, nanotechnology masks provided by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be on display, together with TVs featuring interviews with the exhibition’s advisory panel members.

Going Viral will be open to the public from Aug 23 and admission is complimentary with every Science Centre Singapore ticket purchased.

The exhibition will subsequently be showcased at the Changi Airport Terminal 3 from Apr 5, 2024 to May 10, 2024. Going Viral will then be taken to various locations such as malls, libraries and public spaces.

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