Bringing science to life

  • Education
  • Sunday, 02 Oct 2016

LAXSHNA Saraswaaty Raj woke up all ready for a day filled with scientific fun at the Petrosains Science Festival 2016.

Dubbed as the largest science-related event in the country, the festival which was held for six days starting from Sept 13, aimed to popularise science by presenting it in an engaging manner to spark the general public’s interest.

The festival, themed “Discover. Create. Innovate”, served up an exciting array of educational activities including interactive exhibitions, forums, science shows and stage performances suitable for people of all ages at the Petrosains Galleria as well as the Esplanade at the Suria KLCC park.

Laxshna, 10, who came to know about the festival through her cousin, had been pestering her parents long before the event even began.

The excited girl who is interested in food science, said she was looking forward to attend the festival to learn and increase her knowledge.

“Science is fascinating to me. The magnetism of it is so awe-inspiring that it sparks my interest,” she said.

Her mother, Vinnie Raviraj said coming to the festival helped her and her daughter to expand their minds.

“A lot of things here give children and parents the wow factor.

“As parents, we learn and re-learn alongside our children, who sometimes teach us things we do not know,” she said.

Aryu Siti Baharam and Metta Pan share Vinnie’s sentiments.

Aryu Siti said coming to the science festival allowed everybody especially children to learn and play at the same time.

“They cannot visualise it when they learn in school, but they can see, feel, and understand better here compared to just reading text books,” she said.

Visualisation of the subject might even encourage them to enjoy science rather than thinking of it as just another subject they have to pass, she added.

She also revealed that her children were initially given the choice of swimming, going for a picnic and other activities, but they insisted on visiting the science festival.

Metta Pan said the festival had allowed her to refresh her knowledge in physics and other facts that she could apply at home.

“It is beneficial to my children and I as we learn physics, mathematics and many other things together here.

“The information I gathered from every visit allowed me to teach my children back home,” she said, adding that she even signed up to be a Petrosains member.

Bathmavathi Danarajan, a science teacher from SJKT Sungai Ara, said the festival is a good platform for pupils to discover what science is really about.

“It enhances general knowledge which can be applied in our lives,” she said, adding that her pupils who come here are able to improve their language as most explanations are conducted in English.

Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim described the event as “a celebration of science”.

“Here, we are celebrating science in the most fun, approachable and accessible way.

“Working with over 60 industry partners and academia, we reach out to the people to engage them and hopefully inspire them to see that science is enjoyable, relevant and pertinent in their daily lives,” she said.

“Scientific literacy is used to make sound decisions every day of your life.

“Whether it is cooking for your family to working in a high technology firm, every level requires science,” she said.

Tengku Nasariah urged the public to not be intimidated by it or to think of it as difficult, saying that science revolves around a curious person who always thinks, wonders and questions.

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