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Science comes alive at The Mind Museum

Saturday, March 03, 2012 04:00 PM    Views : 10249

Whoever you are, whatever you do, Science comes alive in The Mind Museum at Taguig!

mindmuseum 2012 03 04aStan, T.rex the first T.rex exhibit in the Philippines is named Stan, after Stan Sacrison, who in 1987 discovered the most complete male T.rex skeleton ever unearthed. It is cast from the real fossils. (Photo by The Mind Museum)

The Mind Museum at Taguig is the first world-class Science museum in the Philippines. Its vision is to be the country's center for the public understanding of science, enthralling guests with its beauty, clarity and the intriguing character.

Fully funded by private donations from corporate sponsors, family and individual donors who share the passion of making science come alive, this Php1 billion project benefited in its planning stage from international experts like the Science Centre Singapore and Jack Rouse and Associates.

Science Centre Singapore, one of the leading science centers in the world with 30 years of experience in operating a museum, was the planning consultant. The exhibition master plan was undertaken by Jack Rouse & Associates (Cincinnati, USA), recognized as among the top ten museum and theme park designers in the world.

National Geographic Channel is an institutional partner who provided the museum its required footages and stills for the exhibits which also served as an exclusive venue for their science-related events.

Making The Mind Museum proudly unique is that the people who conceptualized it and brought it to life are actually a team of Filipinos. The exhibits are largely original and not off-the-shelf types found in other science museums. Designs are by Filipino artists working with Filipino scientists and engineers to clearly and beautifully flesh out a Science principle or fact.

Ninety percent of the exhibits were done by carefully selected local fabricators who also do work for science museums abroad. The faculty and designers of the College of Fine Arts of UP and UST were engaged to collaborate in the design of the science exhibits. It was a museum built from inside out.

Taguig is the first city in the country to host a world-class science educational facility. The Mind Museum sits on a 12,500 sqm crescent-shaped prime lot named, JY Campos Park on 3rd Ave. in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the premier business district known as the home of passionate minds¯ in Taguig.

The Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) is the project proponent of The Mind Museum. In 2006, BAFI's Board of Trustees  composed of individuals from Ayala Land, Inc., the Campos Group of Companies, Bases Conversion Development Corp., and a representative from the property owners of BGC  wanted Bonifacio Global City to have the arts and the sciences make up the soul of BGC. The district already had a public art program, thus the idea to bring in a Science museum was born.

As a key civic institution that is lacking in the Philippines, a science museum is essential for our nation to help address the significant gap in its math and science education.

The Mind Museum will not be a substitute for schools, but rather a way to help breed scientific literacy that will help everyone be inspired to understand nature and support the sciences, whatever they do in life.

The Mind Museum is an enthralling learning facility for kids age 6 to 96. It has over 250 interactive exhibits. It is a showcase of What we know, how we know it and what we do with what we know.¯ The galleries feature science facts, the process of discovery and their applications in technology.

The Mind Museum is a place where visitors can learn science principles in a fascinating and interactive way, where teachers can find new and exciting ways to supplement their science lessons, and where students can satisfy their curiosity about how the world works.

Divided into five main galleries, it tells the story of the Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology:
The Atom Gallery has exhibit pieces that show the strange world of the very small in terms of forces and particles;
The Earth Gallery tells of the story of the planet and our archipelago across the breadth of time; it includes a 3D animated film made by an all-Filipino crew that features 4.6 billion years of the planet's natural history and evolution in 12 minutes.
The Life Gallery is a dive into deeper understanding of how life surrounds and inhabits us from microbes to large animals (such as a life size butanding'), and from DNA, cells to a giant human brain model.
 The Universe Gallery features the mysterious vastness of the universe and holds clues to where we came from and where we are going. The gallery also contains a unique planetarium which simulates star-gazing from the point of view of literally laying down on a bed beneath the stars.
 The Technology Gallery, located above all four galleries, shows how we, with the tools we invent and innovate, are able to express our evolving humanity. It is the story of how we humans have explored ways of being alive!

The Mind Museum also has an outdoor Science-in-the-Park where visitors can experience playful science through four-themed pockets: Music, Math, Living and Water. Other educational offerings include facilities such as an auditorium, laboratory and classrooms, for educational workshops which explore how things work and the relationship of science to other fields of learning.

The Landmark Attraction
It can not be missed. In the midst of BGC's high-rise ultra-modern architectural landscape is the seemingly unpretentious building of The Mind Museum at Taguig. Massive on top but graceful in its curves.

The space-age design of the museum is the brainchild of a team of architects from Philippines' very own Lor Calma & Partners (LC&P), led by architect Ed Calma. The inspiration behind the building's futuristic, yet organic look was based on cellular growth and structures. It is a science exhibit in itself featuring a passive design for sustainability.

The Mind Museum building is environment-friendly and reflects the principles of sustainable architecture. BAFI wants visitors to learn some practical applications of environmental sustainability as part of their experience. This reflects that if the museum is doing its fair share in preserving the environment, then anyone can, too, based on what they see in the facilities and amenities of the building.

The building makes use of a light colored exterior for solar heat reflectivity, a sweeping curved roof for natural rainwater flow drainage, a large glazed opening for natural wind ventilation and tilted faade for minimal solar reflection and heat gain. These are just few of the exciting features of The Mind Museum's building.

Expected to awe and inspire both young and adult, The Mind Museum at Taguig, the country's first world-class science museum, is now a reality where Science truly comes alive!

More information about The Mind Museum is available at www.themindmuseum.org.

 

Source: http://dateline.ph/2012/03/04/science-comes-alive-at-the-mind-museum/

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