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Published: Saturday April 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 25, 2013 MYT 11:51:04 PM

Penang International Science Fair kicks off today

THE two-day Penang International Science Fair 2013 in Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong, which opens today, will unveil the ‘secrets’ behind the latest advancements including solar cars, robots and water rockets that can shoot 150m-high into the air.

Other highlights would include a mini concert, the science of magic show and even a planetarium, Penang Science Cluster (PSC) activity coordinator Yoon Chon Leong said.

“There will also be a booth where children can design and take home their own keychains while learning about polymers,” he said, urging parents to bring their children to the fair which is organised by the secretariat, Agilent Technologies, in collaboration with the Penang government.

Describing the fair as “youngster-friendly”, Yoon said the fair’s objective was to inspire innovation.

“Here, kids can even learn about nano- technology in a fun, interactive way. This fair will show youngsters that science can be fun.

“We have more than 50 local and international companies and universities involved and they will be revealing the science behind many of today’s exciting technological advancements,” he said.

“There will be engineers on hand to answer any questions visitors may have.

“Even those who are not technologically inclined will find the activities interesting,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He said there would be an activity area for parents to leave their young kids while they take the older children around the exhibition.

“We’ve made sure the activity area is secure and safe, so parents need not worry.

“There will be different activities every two hours and they are all free.

“Parents just need to register their kids on the day,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also PSC chairman, said the fair’s aim was to inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators.

“We will accomplish this by introducing the children to science and engineering through a series of innovative and stimulating hands-on experiences.

“This fair is not only a place for exhibition and learning — it’s also a place to have fun in a scientific way with interactive sessions for visitors and their children,” he said in a press release.

“We strongly encourage parents to bring their children to visit this fair and find out for themselves how science and technology work and how they affect their lives.

“More importantly, parents and children will have the chance to interact with professionals and experts to find out what it takes to become future engineers, scientists and innovators,” he added.

Themed ‘Inspiring Innovation in Science’, the fair is now into its second year, with the first held in December 2011.

Established in 2011 to help create a science-based culture that inspires innovations to help Penang grow in a sustainable manner, the PSC is an industry-led initiative in collaboration with the state government.

For details, log on to www.pscpen.com.

The fair, to be launched by Lim, is from 11am to 8pm (today) and 9am to 6pm (tomorrow). Admission is free.

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