Upgraded science centre beckons

A girl pumping coloured liquid to simulate blood flow around a human heart.

TICKETS to Tech Dome Penang in Komtar are available at a 70% discount this month, now that it is open again with over 120 exhibits on science and technology.

Its chief executive officer Khoo Boo Wooi said the promotion was to kick-start the reopening of the science centre after its upgrade during a four-month closure since June.

“While we were closed, about RM2mil was spent to upgrade the interior and exterior.

“Tickets for adults, usually RM28, are now RM10 each, and the RM16 entry fee for children is now RM5 each.

“Hand sanitisers are placed around the centre and each family is provided a bottle of sanitiser for their own use.

“We sanitise the exhibits regularly, apart from requiring visitors to abide by the standard operating procedure at all times,” he said.

Khoo hopes all safety measures taken will instil confidence among visitors who want a hands-on experience of the workings of science and technology.

Since the centre reopened last Friday, he said response from visitors had been positive, especially over the weekend.

During the times the centre was allowed to open last year, there were hardly more than 20 visitors on weekends, he said.

“We had about 100 visitors last weekend, after interstate travel was allowed,” he added.

Khoo said throughout the period when the 50,000sq ft centre was closed, it maintained its role of educating students.

More programmes are being planned in the coming months.

“We conducted online workshops for students and provided them with materials to collect and bring home.

“Some of the materials were even shipped directly to the homes of students to ensure they were not left out.

“We are now open for team-building activities at 50% capacity and will be launching a drone experience area in November.

“The Penang Digital Literacy Camp 2021, to be held online, will be launched by the end of the year,” he said.

Among the visitors to the centre on Monday were 37-year-old Maizura Murad and her three daughters aged six to 11 from Kuala Lumpur.

“Penang is my hometown but we have not returned in a long time.

“After long periods of online schooling and staying indoors, visits like this are a stress-reliever for the children.

“Here, they get to apply science and physics concepts that they learnt at school,” said the businesswoman.

Penang Tech Dome, which cost about RM28mil to build in 2015, was the brainchild of the state government.

Its many exhibits and experiments are designed in a theme park, carnival-style to show adults and children how science and technology work.

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