Aaqib Khalid Alvi is a Director of an enterprising business called Whizz Kidz, for cool fun science activities, carefully designed to be interesting, fun and accessible for children aged 5 to 12.
Alvi, tell us a bit about yourself
I am a chemical engineer, and I love making education fun for all. Be it “boring” maths, physics or science, I want to make sure all education is super-fun and exciting.
What can Whizz Kidz offer?
Whizz Kidz provides after-school activities and holiday camps to primary students across Singapore. We work on many different activities like fun science, robotics, movie making, clay modeling, arts and candle making, as well as cooking, yoga, zumba, dodgeball and many more fun subjects. There’s a really broad range.
How long have you been in business and why did you choose this sector?
Whizz Kidz has been around for seven years now. We wanted to make something educational that was exciting and easy to grasp. We believe in creating a form of hands-on enquiry-based learning, and that’s what started it all.
What’s in your neighbourhood?
The Whizz Kidz HQ is at Henderson Road, but since we work with about 14 international primary schools, pretty much all of CDAC Centres, MENDAKI, SINDA, and quite a few international clubs and societies, we have to be everywhere, so our locations are fairly central.
We run holiday camps at school campuses such as UWC Dover and East, Canadian School Lakeside and Katong, Chatsworth Orchard, Eton House Broadrick, International School Singapore Paterson, Explorerkid @ Downtown East and Ang Mo Kio. Also at different clubs and societies.
What is the thing you like most about your work? Can you name your favourite kind of day?
I love working on a project that revolves directly around making fun. We have to come up with various activities according to the themes requested by our clients, and we need to make sure that they’re fun for children, and educational. My favorite day would be Crazy-Experiment-Day, where once we have all the ideas, we try and practice those experiments and activities in the office. Super fun, messy and entertaining!
What nationalities are your clients?
Since we work with international primary schools mostly, we have a varied background of clients: German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Australian, French, Singaporean, Malaysian and many others. Our own company is a mix of nationalities (British, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Pakistani, Singaporean etc).
What’s the best thing about living here in Singapore?
I love how everything is in such close reach. You don’t have to go to great lengths to find something fun and entertaining for yourself or your children.
What do you like to do in your time off – give us an example of a great day!
That would be playing football – all day long! And then dinner out.
What is your fondest memory or proudest moment at work?
Our first themed holiday camp involved creating Dr Who. So much research went into it, in finding great scientists and trying out lots of experiments. We had massive numbers then, running five camps side by side. Super fun!
Which product or service is your best seller?
Our holiday camps sell fast, especially the Lego Robotics camps for the past year. Its just the ease and the fact that it is Lego that you can program to do different tasks. Children love it.
What good Singlish words should expats learn and please can you translate for us?
I wouldn’t worry about those words too much. Just try to understand the filler words, like lah and leh, because that was the problem for me first time round – I would try to understand what the person meant, and the words don’t make sense. Just enjoy chatting to people!
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