Jurassic adventures in the city

Petrosains’ visitors will get to programme the replica of Mars Rover at the Space gallery.

WHETHER you want to build your own light saber, investigate dinosaur eggs or watch a story of a prince in search of his love in 3D, there is always something exciting and interesting to do at Petrosains during the mid-year school holidays that end on June 14.

The two-week school holidays will be packed with interactive workshops for everyone in the family from workshops on dinosaurs to drones, cookie baking to making lightsabers, 3D-printing to robot tinkering and a flower appreciation workshop where families can participate together.

Other than the workshops, Petrosains has collaborated with FOX International Channel (FIC) to present “Jurassic Adventure”, a themed campaign to ignite the interest of visitors on the scientific processes that are involved in the discovery and investigation of the prehistoric world.

FIC presents a series of documentaries on those discoveries and investigations that will be aired on Astro channel 553 in June and July, while Petrosains offers a series of activities to further explain the theories and revelations.

Visitors will be invited to learn on the Big Bang Theory, the secrets of Pangaea, dinosaurs’ digestive systems and even learn how to extract DNA from living things.

There are Science Shows to explain components of the atmosphere millions of years ago and fossil excavation activities where visitors can bring home a prehistoric memento or two.

Another treat for visitors is the newly upgraded 3D Movie Theatre with two new movie titles. Visitors can catch the funny and fast-paced The Lost World movie, where fierce Raptors, flying Pterosaurs and the mighty T-Rex will be pursuing frightened visitors.

For those who are more into romance, check out The Little Prince and fly along with the hero in an exhilarating voyage in pursuit of his love.

Finally, there is the new Space exhibition — an area to stimulate visitors’ curiosity and creativity about space. The exhibits in Space allow visitors to experience how astronauts live for long periods of time and carrying out their daily lives in a microgravity environment.

One of the highlight in Space is a replica of NASA’s Mars Rover that can be programmed to roam over a simulated Martian landscape in search of signs of life. The Mars Rover replica in Petrosains is special because it was built by 14-year-old Camille and 11-year-old Genevieve Beatty from Asheville, North Carolina, with help from their father, Robert Beatty, founder of Beatty Robotics.

Camille and Genevieve were once invited by US President Barrack Obama to showcase the same replica in the White House.

For details, visit www.petrosains.com.my

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