Kuching to be permanent home for dinosaur exhibition from 2019

Morshidi looking at one of the most ferocious dinosaurs that ever lived, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

KUCHING: Petronas’ travelling dinosaur exhibition “DinoTrek” will find a permanent home in Kuching, when Petrosains PlaySmart Science Centre opens its doors to the public next year.

The science centre, scheduled to be opened by the end of 2019, will be set up at the Kuching Civic Centre and the ongoing DinoTrek2 animatronic and interactive dinosaurs exhibition will become a component feature, Petronas said in a statement.

The DinoTrek2 exhibition is presented by Petrosains, the Discovery Centre, set up by Petronas as its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm.

“Petronas’ CSR commitments will be implemented in five years (2015-2019) and focused in areas of education, community development and wellbeing, as well as environment conservation,” the statement continued.

A soft launch of the exhibition at the civic centre was held on Friday by state secretary Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani in the presence of Petrosains Board chairman and Petronas Group Strategic Communication senior general manager, Zahariah Abdul Rahman.

The Petrosains DinoTrek exhibition, which first opened in 2003 in KLCC, has travelled to many states including Sabah, Kedah, Johor, Terengganu, Pahang and Penang.

The exhibition boasted nine animatronic dinosaurs, 12 interactive exhibits and offers hands-on interactive activities.

Among the highlights of the exhibition included the Maiasaurus dinosaur protecting its eggs, the Protoceratops defending its young from the Velociraptor and the stance of the most ferocious of dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

“The cooperation between the state government through the Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry and Petronas, through Petrosains, will help support the state’s social agenda to build a society that is educated and socially adept.

“Collaborative efforts such as the DinoTrek2 launch must be sustained to encourage learning and spark interest in the fields of science and technology,” Morshidi said at the event.

He hoped the initiative would engage more Sarawakians, especially the younger generation, to be interested and involved in science and technology, which would help propel Sarawak to higher development and growth.

Zahariah, in her speech, said the DinoTrek2 exhibition and later Petrosains PlaySmart are commitments and contributions by Petronas in the area of informal education to the people of Sarawak.

“They are both examples of how we can work together with the public sector to come up with programmes that can benefit the public by providing a platform to educate on subject matters such as the sciences in an informal and interesting setting,” she said.

Other than the dinosaurs, Petrosains DinoTrek2 has interactive activities, allowing the process of discovery and hands-on learning for visitors.

Petrosains DinoTrek2 exhibition has been open to the public since May 1 and will remain at the Kuching Civic Centre till the end of March next year.

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