Imagine how the planets move around the earth; how climate change actually transpires; or how ocean temperature and air traffic is monitored on a virtual globe. If you visit Exploreum at the SM Mall of Asia, you’ll have no need to wonder about any of these; in fact, you’ll actually see such marvels happening before your eyes.
Everything is made possible via “Science on a Sphere” (SOS), a learning tool developed by the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Exploreum’s SOS is a first in the Philippines, and leads the newly renovated museum’s exciting new exhibits for the summer.
On March 6, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. (SMLEI), which now runs what was formerly the Nido Science Center held a preview of the destination’s latest features, totaling 118 child-friendly exhibits and over 100 nuggets of information distributed in eight major interactive galleries. These are the Natural World, Human Adventure, Zoom, Connect, Cyberville, Space Camp, the Living Earth, and Science Park.
Besides this extensive array of displays, the Exploreum’s edutainment (education through entertainment) center is also introducing summer programs for children for the first time.
“Summer is just around the corner and with all the in-season classes and activities that are available, parents are caught between the choice of educational or fun engagements for their children. If you’re in a struggle between the two, worry no more because SMLEI has the perfect summer activity for you,” announced Aleli Cruz, the company’s assistant vice president at the preview.
Fun and learning begins with the Exploreum Summer Camp 2015 from May 8 to 10. An entertaining and informative event, the summer program will expose children to practical science experiments to help them appreciate how the world works.
Designed for kids aged four to 12, the camp is also filled with stimulating games and other exciting activities.
Cruz also talked about the up-coming Exploreum Science Quiz Bee, which will be the museum’s first venture in a nationwide inter-school competition focusing on all branches of science. Targeted to run from July to February 2016, the quiz bee’s grand champions stand
to win a P1-million cash prize to be shared among the student contestants and their school.
Cash prizes will also be at stake in the weekly, monthly, and quarterly legs of the competition leading to the grand tournament.
“We will also mount a science exhibit competition among schools to supplement the quiz bee,” added Cruz.
Lastly, the SMLEI executive inaugurated the Exploreum’s Dome Theater, which is the museum’s re-branded planetarium. With its new name, the theater will now be able showcase videos beyond topics of the universe and the planets, as well as play host to different educational events.
The 158-seater Dome Theater is a 180-degree digital screen with an advanced audio-visual system that promises a photo-realistic and clear-cut projections and remarkable surround sound, respectively. It runs on Digi-star 5, which is known as the world’s best-selling operating system.
To cap the event, Cruz expressed the company’s objectives in continually improving the science museum: “SMLEI’s Exploreum is a family-centered facility that believes in parent-children bonding activities. Our aim is to engage and mould curious minds through edutainment as a fun family destination.”
Also present at Exploreum’s summer preview of activities was SMLEI’s president Edgar Tejerero, and student representatives from various grade schools around the country.
For more information, visit www.exploreum.ph.