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Irfan Goes To Petrosains

Posted by Hisham
Sunday 20 February 2011 at 9:37 pm.
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We all went for a trip to Petrosains Discovery Centre located at the fourth level of Suria KLCC today for the first time.

It was quite an informative and entertaining jaunt with a lot of interactive scientific experiments that children can participate in. There was even a Science Show where kids (well, one kid from the audience) participated in. There was even a short 3D film in a small theatre they had. It was quite an elaborate set-up and it took us three hours and forty minutes to complete the entire circuit.

I tweeted bits and pieces of our visit to Petrosains with photos. You could sift through the timestamped tweets here to the posts in question. But I thought this blog post would be a great way to consolidate all the posts (with photos) and insert untweeted photos as well. We started off in a ride through a dark tunnel which took us to imaginative displays to introduce science and nature to the visitor.

But writing about the visit does not do it justice. You just have to bring your family and friends there to enjoy the whole experience.

Here are photos from today's excursion. Mouseover the photos for captions.

Oversized molecules could still fall on our heads

Petrosains' entrance from within the Suria KLCC mall.

Petrosains has given Irfan electrical superpowers

Plasma tube sent crackles of electrical energy to Irfan's hand who then powers a fluorescent tube by holding it.

There should be more than three primary colours. Maybe four. Maybe five. Lavender perhaps

Blue + Red + Yellow = a plastic flower shadow.

Execute Order Sixty-s... who's grabbing me?

Large lenses helped create a hologram-like image, which Irfan tries to grab in vain.

I did not punch this dinosaur today

An animatronic dinosaur eyes three tasty morsels in front of it.

I didn't know Tyrannosaurs make good rappers. Someone should cut it a record deal

The weird thing about this Tyrannosaurus was that it rapped in two languages.

There's a platybelodon in here. I should say hi or something

Another weird thing is that I knew that the prehistoric mammal was a platybelodon by sight.

I would have thought smilodons smiled more

This smilodon did not sound at all like Dennis Leary.

Petrosains is also OpenD6-friendly

I thought of running a MiniSix game at one point but all the dice they had were too big.

Irfan and I show up on FLIR! We're not zombies! Huzzah!

A FLIR camera showed us our heat signatures, which was a bit better looking than our regular signatures.

Just after exercising both brain hemispheres

At the Science Show, things got burned, water was absorbed, balloons were blown and Coke bottles exploded.

Augmented reality FTW!

Ain interacted with virtual falling particles with her shadow. On the other wall, one can also get a swarm of virtual butterflies to stop and perch on your shadow. 

They let kids control oil platform drilling operations. This should end well

We took a helicopter simulator to the oil rig section of the exhibits. (Well, the whole thing was funded by OCP... er, I mean Petronas.) The helicopter looked fake, but the livery was made to resemble something familiar. Even as the simulator began, the big screen showed me the very familiar taxiway of a very familiar heliport, a heliport from which a mot - ++++ CONNECTION LOST FOR IMPENDING IMPROPER TIRADE ++++

Second squad, move inside. Hicks, take the upper level

The oil platform setup reminds me of the colony on LV-426.

Irfan takes a nap in Petrosains

We explored the living quarters exhibit where Irfan finds a bunk.

Potential energy converts into kinetic energy and stuff happens

We came to a section where there were plenty of experiments on speed and velocity. There were gear to even measure the speed of our karate chop and the height of our jumps.

Irfan was jolted left, right, up and down

Irfan tried out the go-kart simulator that has hydraulic gimbals which allowed visitor to really feel tight turns and crashes right down to their teeth.

Meanwhile, outside, the sun was shining

Before we left, I saw a window and took a photo of the KLCC courtyard before Jalan Ampang. Leaving required us to take another ride through the dark tunnel which took us through space and blacklight caused Irfan's shirt to glow eeriely luminiscent.

Then we got off the ride and found ourselves in a gift shop. Sadly, to play around with the science experiments here you had to buy and take them home with you.

four comments

Poh Tun Kai

I used to love science centres as a kid. A real joy of a gift to take Irfan there, I am certain. :)

Poh Tun Kai - 21-02-’11 18:54
zarin

when i went there years ago with the family, the crowd was so insane, that they ran out of tickets for the heli ride. booo :P hehe

zarin - 21-02-’11 22:04
sila

man, looks awesome! did irfan find any facehuggers under the bunk?

sila - 21-02-’11 22:30
Lil

oooo didn’t realise there’s a science centre there. i love spending time at science centres and natural history museums. they’re awesome!

Lil (Email ) (URL) - 28-02-’11 04:29


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