Esplanade abuzz with science

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Sep 2014

Adrenaline rush: Tengku Nasariah (centre, in pink) joining festival goers as they check out the Petronas F1 simulator at the Petrosains Science Festival.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Esplanade at KLCC Park was abuzz with activity with the Petrosains Science Festival 2014 extending its exhibition space from Petrosains, The Discovery Centre to the ground floor of Suria KLCC.

The fifth day of the festival marked a return of a hit demonstration from last year, the “Liquid Nitrogen Show”, where various objects were dipped into a flask of the liquid gas.

“I was amazed to see a rubber glove turn into something brittle, like a piece of cracker,” said Chong Wai Seong, 13.

The Esplanade also drew curious onlookers and car enthusiasts with a Petronas F1 car and simulator on display.

While the car was merely for viewing purposes, children and adults tested the simulator, taking turns to imagine what it is like to drive an F1 car.

Petrosains chief executive officer Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim said she was thrilled with the turnout.

“We’ve tried to create a carnival atmosphere and by doing so, we hope we can take science to the people,” she said, adding that the festival had met its target of attracting those who would not ordinarily visit a science centre or fair.

A packed forum had both the young and old keenly listening to palaeontologist Dr Masatoshi Sone’s presentation on the debate of dinosaurs having roamed Malaysia.

“I never imagined Malaysia had dinosaurs. The documentaries I have watched usually indicate deserts in America and Africa containing fossils, but not Malaysia,” said M. Mukhunthan, 16.

Highlights for the final day of the festival tomorrow include a Star Wars wayang kulit (shadow play) show and performances by pop songstress Elizabeth Tan and hip hop artiste Joe Flizzow.

Festival hours for forums and workshops at Petrosains, The Discovery Centre are from 10am to 5pm while activities at the Esplanade are from 12pm to 9pm.

At Petrosains, the admission fee is RM3 for adults and youths and free for children under two (not 12 as previously stated) with RM5 charged for each workshop. Visitors get to enjoy weekend activities at the Esplanade at KLCC Park for free.

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