SCIENCE came alive at the Penang International Science Fair (PISF), awing and delighting both children and adults alike.
Visitors also participated in various sessions such as the radio-building workshop, rubber band-powered racer and luminous light-making workshop conducted by experts.
The recent two-day event at the Subterranean Penang International Conference & Exhibition Centre (SPICE) included workshops and exhibition on technological innovations.
It was organised by the Penang International Science Cluster which focuses on developing young minds and exposing them to science and engineering through unique, stimulating and innovative experience.
PISF was an estimated RM450,000 collaboration between the state government and major multinational private companies including B. Braun, Intel, Motorola, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, DreamCatcher and Exabyte.
When opening the recent event, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng described PISF as the largest science fair in Malaysia.
“The Penang International Science Fair is another milestone for science education in Malaysia,” said Lim in his opening speech.
Lim, who was also the organising committee chairman, said the fair was the culmination of numerous activities organised by the Science Cluster at schools.
Also present during the launch was Penang Science Cluster director Datuk Yoon Chon Leong and B. Braun Asia Pacific president Anna Maria Braun.
Yoon said the fair was organised to create a non-competitive mood that reflected a fun and friendly learning environment.
“Companies are able to show the science behind their products to the public,” said Yoon in his speech.
The sports stadium was filled with schoolchildren and families thronging the booths of 58 companies.
Tuition teacher Lim Me Ling, 47, was spotted at the DreamCatcher booth helping her 13-year-old daughter build a motor.
“I think this event teaches kids to be curious about science and think creatively,” said the mother of two.
Another participant was Tan Shiau Yin, 16, who said she enjoyed learning new things.
The Phor Tay High School student said that she was studying pure science and the event was relevant to her studies.
PISF also hosted the first Maker Faire in Malaysia which was a series of talks that focussed on showcasing makers who were exploring new forms and new technologies.
Maker Faire featured innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Google Developer’s Fest and Entrepreneurs Day added jazz to the affair with the meeting of software innovators and entrepreneurs.