Science festival looks to the future

Science communicators conducting a science show during a previous year’s Petrosains Science Festival.

VIRTUAL reality, 3D holograms and colonising Mars – these technologies sound like they came straight out of a science fiction novel, but they may actually be part of our near future.

To find out more about what the science of tomorrow has in store for us, the Petrosains Science Festival 2018, themed “Journey Into The Future, One Discovery At A Time” will be held from Sept 14 to 16.

The festival will feature a weekend of educational and fun activities across various locations within the KL Convention Centre (KLCC).

The activities will appeal to young children, youths, families and anyone interested in the wonders of science, especially when it comes to learning about what lies ahead for healthcare, education, travel and other aspects of our daily lives.

To make discovery and learning fun, many of the activities are interactive, including hands-onworkshops, science shows and exhibitions – taking place at the Galleria and Discovery Centre of Petrosains.

There will also be talks, forums and stage performances at the Concourse and Esplanade areas of KLCC.

To prove that science does not have to be boring, the festival will feature celebrity performances by artistes such as Hael Hussaini, Ismail Izzani, Colours of Voices and Fazz, as well as stage performances by traditional dancers and street musicians.

The annual festival is organisedby Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, to engage and inspire the community, especially the younger generation, on the importance of science in our daily lives.

The festival has always been celebrated at Petrosains in KLCC.

This year, the celebration was extended to other parts of Malaysia such as Kuantan and Johor Baru, before it culminates in Kuala Lumpur.

As in previous years, Petrosains is working in collaboration with local and international partners from the corporate sector, public institutions, science and academia, environmental sector and industry players from various fields, to put together a unique programme that makes science education accessible to Malaysians of all walks of life.

This year’s partners are National Geographic, UITMSAT, UBTECH Robotics, MaGIC, Mimos and Unicef.

All the activities held at the Concourse and Esplanade of KLCC are free, while workshops, activities and admission to Petrosains require a fee.

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