Discovering Science and Technology in Singapore

Asia - Editor - 30 April 2008

Discovering Science and Technology in Singapore

The idea of creating a facility that was dedicated to the promotion of science and technology, and creating an attraction that would fascinate and educate the public on the magnificence of science, was put forward in 1969. After the government had approved the establishment of the centre, architects from across the country submitted their designs, but it was the design by Raymond Woo that was eventually selected. On 10 December 1977, the doors to the Singapore Science Centre swung open and it has captivated the imaginations of young and old ever since.

The Singapore Science Centre, recently changed to the Science Centre Singapore (SCS), covers an area of approximately sixty thousand square meters and has over a thousand fascinating exhibits. Millions of visitors pass through the doors of the Science Centre Singapore, with seventeen million counted in 2003 alone. This is not only as an attraction but a learning facility. This extraordinary science and technology centre also offers visitors the opportunity to watch scheduled shows in the OMNIMAX theatre (added in 1987), walk through the -5 degrees Snow City (created in 2000), and reach for the stars at the observatory.

Most of the focus of the Singapore Science Centre lies with the youth and scholars. The goal is to try to educate them and assist them in learning about science in a fun and creative environment. Promoting science and developing the curiosity of the learners helps them to understand the significance of technology. Specific exhibitions such as the Primary Science Learning Experience Exhibition, DNA Learning Lab, Robotics Learning Centre and Science Enrichment School Programs are shaped with scholars in mind.

Interactive exhibits and programs for schools are available at the centre, and if school groups are unable to travel to the centre, the centre will send an outreach project to the school that covers intriguing topics such as space, physical science, experiments, chemistry, portable planetarium systems and much more. The staff on the outreach programs and at the centre are able to produce balanced exhibits that are educational and entertaining.

The observatory is a spectacular galactic adventure, with its high-tech telescopes being able to transport visitors into the heart of the galaxy and gives them the opportunity to view breathtaking star constellations and rarely seen images of space. Other outdoor exhibits include sculptured masterpieces, beautiful gardens, tranquil ponds and waterfalls and peaceful fountains that bring life to the centre.

After an exhausting day of discovery, visitors can purchase refreshments form the Café Rocks, Sakura International Buffet Restaurant or McDonalds. There are also a few retail and curiosity shops that sell unique gifts, items and memorabilia. The Science Centre Singapore is a wonderful adventure of exploration and amazement, and is the perfect attraction for the entire family to enjoy.


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