SINGAPORE - Sixty intrepid young explorers were awed into silence at the sight of the bared jaws of the Lessemsaurus.
The seven- to 12-year-olds came across the 17.6m-long giant while exploring the ArtScience Museum's Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction exhibition, as part of the first The Straits Times Young Storymakers' Camp yesterday.
They also travelled back in time to experience a slice of Singapore's maritime past, visiting the Fort Canning Lighthouse, the Raffles landing site and the Singapore River, which are part of the Maritime Heritage Trail.
Ms Serene Luo, deputy editor of The Straits Times Schools team, which was behind the camp, said: "Everyone has a story to tell. The Straits Times has been telling stories of Singapore for 169 years and we wanted to introduce young readers to that experience."
Said seven-year-old Nathan Lim from Anglo-Chinese School (Primary): "My favourite part was learning about the different prehistoric periods, especially the Triassic era".
He added: "I was very excited to go there because I like dinosaurs - they are extinct and cannot be found any more."
Jamie Soh, eight, a Primary 3 pupil from Singapore Chinese Girls' School, said of visiting Fort Canning: "It was very hot but very fun. I found the information interesting... I love listening to stories."
The camp is part of an outreach programme for the ST Schools team's latest learning resource - STep: My Year In The News. The same team is behind the award-winning Little Red Dot weekly.
The scrapbook is filled with fun current affairs activities, stickers, embellishments and word bank cards.
All the photographs the pupils took during the day, using cameras from equipment partner Canon, later went into creating colourful pages in a scrapbooking session conducted by trainers from craft specialists PaperMarket.
"Scrapbooking was very fun for me and it also helps me to remember the activities I did today," said nine-year-old Rhian Qishu Leonard K, a pupil from CHIJ St Nicholas.
To purchase the scrapbook, e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scrapbook retails at $49.90, but now costs $29.90 as part of a school holiday promotion until June 30. Go to facebook. com/STSchools to see more pictures of the event.
Additional reporting by Amanda Phoon