The new interactive Maritime Bus Microsite lets kids sail into the past, present and future of Singapore’s maritime heritage through fun free educational gameplay!
Let’s be honest, there’s not much out there when it comes to content about the maritime industry in Singapore. Consequently, our kids may not be as naturally curious about all the ins and outs, the highs and lows of Singapore’s maritime scene. But here’s the thing: We live on an island and Singapore’s journey as a global maritime hub is filled with fascinating tales, ones that can even captivate us parents! That’s why the team at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are on a mission to spark that curiosity about Singapore’s maritime heritage through their Maritime Bus Microsite which will not only promote the exciting world of maritime to both parents and kids, but will also serve as an exciting family activity that all can enjoy.
With the Maritime Bus Microsite, kids can step into various roles and immerse themselves in interactive, educational gameplay that unveils the rich heritage of Singapore’s maritime industry. Who knows, we might be nurturing the next generation of maritime experts, ready to take on pivotal roles in our maritime industry!
Discover 25 years of Singapore’s maritime heritage
The Maritime Bus Microsite is actually a reconceptualisation of the real-life MPA Maritime Bus, which was a travelling exhibition designed for the community to learn about Singapore’s maritime industry. After it’s been decommissioned, the bus has since gone virtual via the MPA Maritime Bus Microsite, which takes users on Singapore’s journey from its humble beginnings as a thriving trading port to its present-day status as a global hub port.
Take part in exciting missions
With a collection of interactive videos, the Maritime Bus Microsite offers an exciting opportunity for kids to delve into Singapore’s vibrant maritime history through educational missions. Pick your avatar from four characters of the Maritime Bus crew – the Navigator, the Developer, the Anchor and the Inventor. These characters guide you down four distinct pathways, each with its own unique storyline and gameplay. Along the way, they unfold the various factors and key events that have shaped Singapore’s rich maritime heritage.
Learn fun facts with interactive gameplay
You will also have the chance to take part in missions using interactive prompts, adding an extra layer of engagement, especially for the kids! Depending on their choices within these prompts, the game pathway will adapt accordingly. Don’t worry, if they happen to make a wrong turn, the storyline will cleverly guide them back to the question, offering them a fun and flexible way to learn at their own pace.
From a journey back to 1846 to meet Singapore’s pioneer traders to a sneak peek into what the year 2040 holds for the maritime industry at Tuas Port, users can witness some of the most significant milestones in Singapore’s maritime history and get an exciting glimpse into its future. As they follow along, you will also have the chance to join in on puzzles and quizzes, testing your knowledge and keeping the kids thoroughly entertained along the way!
Check out the Singapore Maritime Gallery too!
Note: The Maritime Bus Microsite has been decommissioned as of 26 November 2023, but fret not! For our budding maritime experts, head down with the family to the recently revamped Singapore Maritime Gallery! Located at Marina South Pier, the gallery features various zones for visitors to learn more about Singapore’s maritime journey. There is even a play area – the PlayPort, at Zone 4, where little ones can get creative and build their very own ships!
Singapore Maritime Gallery, Marina South Pier Level 2, 31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988, Singapore Maritime Gallery, website.