Science and Fun Brought Together at The Exploreum
I never was a healthy kid when I was young and oftentimes missed class trips because of sudden illnesses. You do know the dread of going back to school the following Monday when everyone is still on a high from the last class trip? Everyone had fun that weekend except for you or, in this case, me.
Fortunately, today’s kids don’t have to go through all of that since they can now have a fieldtrip anytime at the Exploreum!
The Exploreum opened its doors on August 15, 2014, promising a total immersion experience that will inspire curiosity and at the same time put some fun into learning science.
Upon entering the building, you will be greeted by the Science on a Sphere, a six-foot diameter spherical global display system that represents planetary data developed by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an educational tool. What is cool about the Science on a Sphere is that it can display models of the Earth, the Sun, Mars, global weather, and air traffic images. It even has Facebook connection data! Fun!
For this particular assignment, I brought along a special friend who will be able to appreciate the fun installations and exhibits of the Exploreum! A fieldtrip cum assignment in the interest of learning, especially to know how kids will react and feel about it. I actually asked him to make a paper about this fieldtrip!
Johnny actually already had a itinerary of what installations to visit first. He said that he already knew the variety of sections available, such as the Cyberville, Space Camp, Science Park, Zoom and the Planetarium. He mentioned that he was not really impressed with what he saw at first until he saw the airplane simulatorm in which he spent time most of his time during the visit.
He also mentioned that he was wondering where the other installations were until we discovered the second floor where the other interactive installations are located.
You can actually play around and learn, as well. Roaming around, it wasn’t just the kids who were having fun, but the adults, as well.
You are never really too old to learn new things and there is a lot to discover at the Exploreum!
Aside from the interactive installations, there a lot of fun science facts posted all over the place, too. If that does not rock your boat, maybe becoming an astronaut does!
Want to become a weatherman, on the other hand? It is possible here at the Exploreum, too, since they also have a working green studio complete with a camera and a green screen. Here, you can act out behind a green screen while reporting the weather pattern on the screen. This is how it actually works in TV broadcasting.
Of course, there is also a Planetarium! It was actually the first time I went to one, so I was more excited about it than the kid. The Planetarium at the Exploreum involves a 30-45-minute show about the universe narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. It might not be interactive, but it was a relaxing spectacle as the dome enclosed you. Oftentimes, it really felt like watching the sky.
Through the years, I also observed schools from the nearby provinces go to malls here in Manila for their field trips and I can just imagine how disappointing it must have been for them. Luckily, the Exploreum is now here for students to look forward to! I actually wished that we had this when I was a kid because even if I had missed those school trips, I could have still rested easy knowing that the Exploreum would still be there for me to visit at my time of convenience.
Yes, the Exploreum is definitely something to look forward to. And how about Johnny? He is too cool to admit that he had fun, but it clearly showed when he was sleeping in the back of my car when we went home.
Ground Floor Southside Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City