Saturday, September 15, 2007

Visit to Pusat Sains Negara

We decided to have an educational trip to National Science Center out of curiosity. I remembered hearing about the opening of the center when I was in Primary School and once again during Asimo's (The World's First Humanoid) visit.

The National Science Centre, or Pusat Sains Negara (PSN), is located on 8 hectares of landscaped groundsat Bukit Kiara, on the northwestern part of Kuala Lumpur. The National Science Centre was established in 1996 to enhance our understanding and interest in science and technology. Over the space of nine galleries are scientific exhibitions to educate through entertainment.

There were loads of exhibits that rival any other international science center but the condition of some are very disappointing. Although there were roughly four school busses in the premises with kids in uniform running throughout the building, it was definately under utilize. I am wondering how queit it will be on week days. It is also funny to mentioned that we even saw a security guard sleeping in one of the small theatre domes.

The huge roof that allows day light into the building in the main dome somewhat reminded me of the British Museum and the spiral walkway paths at the side of the building as well. We visited numerous rooms from at ended our trip either in space travel or the future.

We played a mindball game that apparently tracks your brain wave activity to control the movement of the ball on a table between two oponents. This game at least off set my investment of visiting the center.

Tickets cost RM 6.00 although we were suppose to get a RM2.00 discount with Jusco Discount Cards, they mentioned that their machine has gone bust (What an excuse of having the intention to rip us off, I spare them the benefit of doubt)

Anyways, I strongly feel that the science center should be free for all to encourage more visitors and promote it as a place for a family outing. I sort of understand the vision of having such Science centers but failing to sustain it pulls the whole plug on the effort. Instead of leaving the facilities there idle, making it a free place will ensure a rise in visitors and it can be used to justify additional Government funding. Well, I won't get to deep into my independent views on it.

That's all for now and till next time.

Take care!

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