Science on a Sphere! I remembered how I loved science back in elementary at the launch of SM Lifestyle's Exploreum at SM Mall of Asia yesterday. Not just a play area for kids, Exploreum is a family-centered edutainment facility now open for all ages at the Mall of Asia. Where science becomes fun, Exploreum will let your children and teens appreciate all those concepts about science in one space.
I was able to explore a few of 118 child-friendly all-new interactive exhibits with over 100 interesting nuggets of information/trivia about science in eight major interactive galleries; Natural World, Human Adventure, Zoom, Connect, Cyberville, Space Camp, the Living Earth and Science Park. I could not forget the Space Camp where I weighed 20k on the planet Mars. Every gallery was fun also for the young-at-heart. The launch hosted by Gelli Victor, was attended by the city officials, representatives from DepEd and schools, SM Lifestyle's Mr. Ed Tejererro and Mr. Hans T. Sy. The opening was spectacular with Exploreum's proudest feature, "Science on a Sphere" or SOS, a room-sized digital globe projecting dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans and land of a planet onto a six-foot diameter sphere. Developed by the US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), SOS is an educational tool to help illustrate the Earth System science to people of all ages featuring animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change and ocean temperature. We also had a chance to witness the air traffic from all over the globe.
I've tried maneuvering a plane, rode a car and learned the parts, played with the human body, explored the power of illusion and so many interesting scientific fun activities but what took my attention the most was the "Van De Graaff" - a sphere with electrostatic generator which uses a moving belt to accumulate very high amounts of electrical potential on a hollow metal globe on the top of the stand invented by American physicist Robert J. Van de Graaff in 1929. I really wanted to try but because of my metal implant, I was not allowed. Exploreum also features Planetarium, first in the Philippines only full-dome theatre boasting of its 180-degree digital screen and advanced audio-visual system. With Digi-star 5, world's best-selling operating system and the latest installment for full dome theatres, Exploreum's Planetarium promises a photo-realistic experience through its clear-cut projections and remarkable surround sound sure to give that real cosmos feel within reach. I was happy watching the preview of Journey to the Stars with Liam Neeson's voice in the background. This place would be a great spot for family bonding and field trips in schools for both elementary and high school.
You can also become a regular visitor at huge discounts by joining Exploreum's Junior Science Club. Aside from giving unlimited access to the Exploreum, members can also join various activities like experiments and other edutainment sessions. Basic entrance gallery starts at Php350 and since it's tucked under SMLEI's belt, you can use your e-PLUS Tap-To-Pay cards with freebies similar to your purchases at SM Cinema, IMAX, Director's Club, WM Cinemas, Snack Time, SM Tickets, e-PLUS Digital, Mall of Asia Arena, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, SM Skating Rink and more. Explore the Exploreum now with your kids and students located at the Mall of Asia and SM Lanang Premier. For more information, visit www.exploreum.ph and https://www.facebook.com/ExploreumPH. Follow @exploreumph on Twitter and Instagram for more promos and updates.