Engaging young minds with science

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 04 Nov 2019

Zahariah (centre) and Fedora (fifth from left) with partners and collaborators during the launch of the sixth edition of the Petrosains Science Festival at the esplanade of KLCC Park.

THE team at Petrosains The Discovery Centre brought the Petrosains Science Festival back for its sixth edition much to the delight of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fans nationwide.

The annual festival is designed to make an impact on multiple fronts, chief among them the aim of inspiring the community, especially the younger generation, with the wonders of STEM in our daily lives as well as providing an informal and engaging platform with which to instil an appreciation for STEM.

Its nationwide tour began in Kota Kinabalu in late September and culminated in KLCC Park’s esplanade area over the weekend.

The three-day Petrosains Science Festival 2019 in the capital city launched on a bright Friday morning to an audience comprising media representatives and festival collaborators from Petronas, Petrosains and its partners.

The crowd visiting the festival booths.The crowd visiting the festival booths.

This year’s festival, themed “Meet The Future, ” incorporates a diverse mix of activities from interactive and innovative workshops, intriguing exhibitions and educational talks to fun science shows and entertaining performances.

At the launch, Petrosains board chairman Zahariah Abdul Rahman, who is also Petronas group strategic communications senior general manager, said: “I am proud that through Petrosains, Petronas is able to present to the public a festival that is unique to the domain of STEM and of this scale, successfully reaching out to the younger generation through a platform relevant to them.”

She added that the festival supported the oil conglomerate’s corporate social investment efforts in education and capability building, helping to contribute to a future pool of scientists and technologists through its informal and interactive learning approach.

Licensed aircraft engineer Mohd Faridz Mohd Shuraimi (right) describing the  workings of a replica of a gas turbine engine to Zahariah (centre) at the Malaysia Airlines booth.Licensed aircraft engineer Mohd Faridz Mohd Shuraimi (right) describing the workings of a replica of a gas turbine engine to Zahariah (centre) at the Malaysia Airlines booth.

Visitors to the festival immersed themselves in the myriad interactive exhibitions showcasing futuristic inventions and innovations, fun workshops, stage performances and celebrity appearances.

Highlights of the festival included an appearance by Eddie Goldstein, the scientific communication expert, an Ubtech robotics show, performances by the energetic and charismatic Aman Ra, a Rbtx ultimate sumo challenge (robotic sumo), a 3D mapping experience and the Starlight cinema.

During the launch, Petrosains chief executive officer Fedora Zulkifli said the festival was aimed at not only promoting the learning of STEM but also addressing the challenge of a greater scientifically-literate society, while highlighting various other activities such as drone races and augmented reality games.

Performers during the launch of the science festival.Performers during the launch of the science festival.

Admission to the festival was free to the public but admission fees varied for the ongoing exhibits and activities at the Petrosains Discovery Centre in Suria KLCC.

The organising team also conveyed their appreciation and gratitude to their partners and collaborators for this year’s science festival, including their partners in the private sector and academia.

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