Child-friendly Mind Museum (post10)

The museum is not a playground, a place to let your kids loose. But The Mind Museum at Taguig (TMMT), which will open to the public March 16, seeks to make science accessible and interesting to kids; it seeks to be both educational and fun for kids.

TMMT promises to be a unique science museum where you won’t have to rein in your child’s curiosity and hyperactiveness. These qualities play to the advantage of kids as they explore over 250 interactive exhibits.

“Think of it as an educational institution,” said Manny Blas, managing director of Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc., one of the museum’s organizers.

“It is a showcase of ‘what we know, how we know it and what we do with what we know,’” said organizers in a press statement. “Teachers can find ways to supplement their science lessons and students can satisfy their curiosity about how the world works.”

The bottom line, organizers said, is to help breed scientific literacy that could inspire people to understand nature and support the sciences. No person is too young or too old for that, they added.

Experiential learning

It may not be a substitute for schools, but TMMT seeks to make science engaging, accessible and fun through interactive exhibits. Kids can touch the exhibits, view them close, even smell them, which they wouldn’t have done in a regular schoolroom.

Five main galleries serve as a “playground” of concepts related to the atom, Earth, life, the universe and technology.

The Atom Gallery presents the tiniest particles in 3D imagery plus large-scale models and contraptions.

Kids will be able to understand gravity and centripetal force in Whirlpool, where balls spiral down a transparent funnel. A psychedelic booth introduces carbon and its versatility. Static Ball, a silver sphere as large as a basketball, shows that electrostatic energy could make hairs stand on end.

Earth Gallery showcases the planet’s features and traces its history. On display are fossils; mechanical and audio-visual representations of volcanoes and tectonic plates; and the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex named Stan.

Perhaps the most impressive feature in the gallery is OmniGlobe Explorer, a large sphere that projects the Earth’s current state in terms of atmosphere, climate change, earthquakes and topography.

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