Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore
As the Science Centre Singapore celebrates its 35th year, we look back with fond memories and count the blessing of having inspired generations of Singaporeans and guests through the engaging world of science. Together with the Omni-Theatre and Snow City, the Centre has seen almost 30 million visitors walk through its doors since the first foundation stone was laid in 1977.
Like Science, the Centre is constantly evolving – creating and presenting innovative ways to spark interest and ignite curiosity in science. The Centre has also become a preferred partner for collaborations and we have grown and deepened our alliances with local and international agencies in the business of promoting science and technology.
As part of our 35th Anniversary celebratory events, we can look forward to an expanded Singapore Science Festival with more international participation; a unique competition called ‘Science is Everywhere, Everyday’ to capture scientific phenomena all around Singapore; a made in Singapore blockbuster exhibition entitled ‘Megabugs Return’ and a special gallery on Wallace’s exploration in South East Asia to mark his 100th death anniversary.
At this significant milestone, we take stock of our strengths and weaknesses to rethink and reinvent for the future. We continue to seek new partners and sponsors to aid us in developing new attractions to enrich the Science Centre experience. We have lined up plans to build a Digital Planetarium, Virtual Interactive Aquarium and a Children Science Centre.
The Centre has also earned a reputation as a leading edutainment institution in the region. We will continue to provide consultancy services and bring our innovative Science Shows and travelling exhibitions that have run successfully in Bangkok, Jakarta and Beijing, to the region.
I would like to thank the public agencies, private companies and the Science Centre team for their support, enabling us to excite, educate and inspire, and transform the minds of millions through discovering the beauty in science. I look forward to working closely with our partners and the team to make the next quantum leap in science edutainment with an aspiration to become not just among the best in the industry but also a thought leaders in science communication, promotion and engagement.