Date of Exploration : 21 Mar 2011
Science. My archnemesis. Since time memorial, I’ve never been the kind of kid who’d like to ask why things work. I just like to know how to work them. So that goes without saying, my chemistry test scores were always acidic, math drove me mad, and physics was my equivalent of an academic nuclear meltdown. Perpetually. Throughout secondary school, that subject had always been exam poison.
Hence, with my distaste for all things Einstein, the Science Centre for me is like Superman’s love for kryptonite. I remember going there once for a school excursion and haven’t been back ever since. That is until last Saturday (19 Mar 11) when I decided to go back for a visit. It could have easily been more than 20 years since I stepped foot in our national monument of science inaugarated in 1977.
There were still a lot more exhibits that I didn’t get to see but whatever I managed to cover was enough to make my grey matter a lot denser (since I’m an airhead to begin with). I think the SCS is definitely worth a visit even though the look-and-feel of the whole place felt like patchwork and some of the interactive exhibits weren’t working. But every inch of that place is covered by something about something so the dazzle of knowledge really make up for the misgivings.
But SCS is not about making geeks out of every one of us. I was amused by the outdoor water playground that was a huge draw for the kids. I saw parents who brought their kids there just for the themed water park which is an extension of the exhibit on the water situation in Singapore.
When the mind never ceases to wonder, it will always be fascinated. I had such a good time there, I stayed the whole day although my initial plan was just to stay a couple of hours. It took me more than 20 years to come back here again. Let’s just hope my next visit won’t be me with a walking stick. Or perhaps they have invested robotic legs by then? Hmm… let science answer the imagination of man.
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