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Thursday October 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by shalini ravindran
Hands-on experience: Christine posing with her finished digital animation at a workshop during the Petrosains Science Festival 2013.
KUALA LUMPUR: There were excited squeals at the “Cow’s Eye Dissection” workshop as Petrosains science communicator Ummu Hani Hamidon sliced her blade into a cow’s eye during the Petrosains Science Festival 2013.
Parents and children listened attentively as Hani explained the anatomy of the eye and got them involved by allowing them to handle the eye at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Suria KLCC yesterday.
The second day of the festival saw streams of visitors, comprising mostly students, participating in a series of workshops and talks designed to engage visitors.
Christine Lee, 13, said she particularly enjoyed the “Digital Animation with Toontastic” workshop.
“It was fun learning how to create animation using simple tools that cater to creativity,” she said, adding that it only took 20 minutes to create her animated story.
Trainer Ahmad Shaharuddin Amin Sahar said the Toontastic app was perfect for children to explore their creativity.
“The app allows users to create their own 2D animation and at the same time, reduces traditional animation work such as mouth movements. And they can also record their voices for the story as they go along,” he said.
Parent Tang Lai Fong commended the organisers on their hands-on approach.
“Many of the facilitators are very knowledgeable and approachable, so the children are not hesitant with their questions.
“Visitors can also spend the whole day here as there is a good variety of workshops and talks happening throughout the day,” she said, adding that the RM3 charge per person was very reasonable.
Other highlights included workshops like “DIY LED Bugs”, “Make Your Own Ice Cream” and a talk by Nuclear Malaysia on “3R Radiation, Radioactivity & Risk”.
Attractions for today include talks on the benefits of tongkat ali, education in the digital age and eco film screenings and a demo by Legoland Malaysia.
The six-day festival, themed “Bringing Science Alive”, incorporates the three key elements of discovery, play and innovation, making science a holistic learning experience.
Key partners for the festival include Petronas, Google Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia, The Star (the event’s official newspaper) and Nova Spectra.
Petrosains Science Festival 2103 is held at Petrosains, as well as Suria KLCC’s Centre Court and Esplanade until Sunday.
Festival hours at Petrosains, the Discovery Centre, are from 9.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays and closes at 8.30pm from Friday to Sunday. Activities at Suria KLCC’s Centre Court are from 10am to 10pm daily while the fun at the Esplanade will be from 4pm to 7pm.
For more info, visit www.sciencefestival.my.
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