Science Museum Day at The Mind Museum!

Last November 10th, International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) was celebrated by science centers all around the world, with The Mind Museum as one of the participating institutions.

This joint event was conceptualized on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development, and organized over 250 science institutions to offer activities based on the sustainable development goals declared by the United Nations. By participating in the event, networks of science museums can help in raising awareness on and addressing issues of global sustainability with their diverse audiences. 

Aside from its educational programs and exhibitions which were aligned with UNESCO's sustainable development goals on Quality Education and Teacher Training (4), Sustainable Cities and Communities (11), and Life Below Water (14), the Museum also held additional fun, engaging, and educational activities on November 10th for the public.

With its program titled The Mind Museum: After Hours, the museum was open from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and featured a roster of activities that were also aligned with several of the United Nations' development goals for 2030. 

Guests who entered the museum at 6 PM signed up for Makerspace Pilipinas: Sensing the World, an innovative workshop where they learned about sensors of all kinds and how these are applied, and even made their own!

The Makerspace program is aligned with goals (4), (9), and (11), on quality education, innovation, and sustainable cities, for teaching and empowering children with the knowledge to engineer their own  machines, and build a foundation for a greener and more sustainable community.

The guests roaming in the galleries were also free to watch the screenings from the 2016 Science Film Festival, which featured short films on the materials that make up our world and the new materials of the future.

Some of the films shown include:

Matanglawin: Filipino Ingenuity, on inventions by the Philippine Robotics Team, such as robots that can make new paper and pencils from recycled paper, or transform food leftovers into electricity;

bioLogic, on how the properties of bacteria isolated from natto were used to develop new bio-materials, such as sports clothing fabric that reacts to sweat and allows faster cooling;

Corrosion: Rust Belongs on the Scrap Heap, on research being conducted by the Max Planck Institute on how to inhibit rust with polymers that "heal" scratches in metal; and

Epigenetics: Game of Genes, on how our DNA are affected by our environment, diet, and stress.

These films highlight the importance of innovation, responsible consumption and production, and the promotion of health and well-being, and are aligned with development goals (3), (9), and (12).

Guests also explored the Science Circus traveling exhibition in the Canopy Plaza, and the Planet Story exhibit in the lobby, where guests could enter five rooms and create and star in their own digital stories. The videos created from these stories would be emailed to the guests for them to share with their friends. 

At 7 PM, guests proceeded to the Space Shell planetarium in the Universe Gallery to watch the premiere of NASA's Global Experiment video, an animation of world cloud coverage, with the data gathered and contributed by thousands of citizen scientists all over the world.

Screenshot of data sources in Philippine region from October 1-22, 2016

This was shortly followed by Play with the Universe with Mind Mover Pecier, where the Museum's resident astronomer took the guests on a journey on the Ship of the Imagination and guided them in exploring the universe.

This program is aligned with goal (4) on inclusive, quality education, as it is a special opportunity for guests of all ages and backgrounds to learn about astronomy, which is usually not taught or offered in Philippine schools. 

After the program in the planetarium, the guests proceeded to the lobby to watch the premiere of The Mind Museum Alumni video - where museum guests, partners, and staff answered the question: How has the Mind Museum moved your mind? 

For the last activity of the night, the guests split into different teams to compete in Mind Pub, a quiz night with categories based on the events of 2016: from music and pop culture, to current events and science news. The winning team took home prizes for their group, which included gift certificates. 

As part of its mission to inspire the public understanding of science, The Mind Museum also remembers to promote the learning of science as an exciting and fascinating endeavor for all ages.

Collaborations among science museums and centers, such as the first celebration of ISCSMD, play an important role in bridging science and society.

To learn more about The Mind Museum's exhibitions as well as upcoming and regular activities, visit the museum's website, and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Dino Quest at Centrio!

After its 3-month run in The Mind Museum, the Dino Play exhibition traveled to Centrio mall in Cagayan de Oro City from October 25 to November 3, and was a big success with the residents of CDO!

The exhibition culminated in a whole-day event on Sunday, October 30th, for the guests of Centrio. Titled Dino Quest Halloween, the event featured hands-on workshops, games, and talks delivered by the Mind Movers, the resident scientists of the Museum. 

The first 250 shoppers who received an entrance pass to the event were also given free loot bags courtesy of Centrio, for the trick or treat event later on in the day. 

Once inside, the guests could attend one of two featured workshops: Earthly Imprints, or Dino Egg Drop. 

With Earthly Imprints, the guests learned about dinosaur fossils, and made their own cast fossil to bring home as a souvenir. 

For Dino Egg Drop, the guests had to use physics to build a contraption that could house and protect a "dino egg". The egg was dropped from the second floor, and the device must be properly engineered to keep the egg safe from any cracks!

Guests also listened to three short, interactive talks from the Mind Movers. First was Dino 101, a primer on dinosaurs; for example, what makes a dinosaur different from other animals, and why did giant dinosaurs like the T. rex disappear? 

While most of us think that all dinosaurs are extinct, the birds evolved from dinosaurs during the Jurassic, and are considered as living dinosaurs!

Next was the Dino Quiz, a game show where the guests competed against each other and answered several questions about dinosaurs to win prizes. 

Last was Dino Myths, a talk on the misconceptions we have about dinosaurs based on what we've seen throughout the years from pop culture. 

For example, while we associate the mighty T. rex with its trademark roar in Jurassic Park, they may not have roared at all, and may have sounded much more like birds!

Aside from these activities, the guests also engaged in the different activity and game booths scattered around the event space.

Kids at the Design Your Own Dinosaur booth assembled pieces of different dinosaurs together and 'designed' their own dinosaur, which they colored in with crayons, and took home. 

Guests also took photos of themselves in dinosaur costumes at the Photo Booth, and participated in the games at the Games Booths. 

The guests also explored the exhibition's four areas at their leisure: Dino Dig, Dino Fun, Dino Lab, and Dino Den. 

After all the workshops were finished for the afternoon, a contest was held for all the kids who arrived in costume, and prizes were awarded for the best. 

The event concluded with a trick or treat event, as the guests in costume brought their loot bags to the participating stores all over Centrio to receive their Halloween candy. 

It was truly an enjoyable experience for kids and their families, and dinosaur fans alike. 

Dino Play will be traveling to other regions within the Philippines. Stay tuned for when it comes to your hometown! 

To learn more about The Mind Museum's other traveling exhibitions as well as upcoming and regular activities, visit the museum's website, and follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Visit Our New Traveling Exhibition, Science Circus: Step Right Up!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Science Circus has come to town!

Opening to the public on October 28th, Science Circus: Step Right Up! is the latest traveling exhibition of The Mind Museum, which will showcase the amusing, the peculiar, and the extraordinary in our everyday experiences, in the form of interactive exhibits that deceive the senses and boggle the mind.

While the nearly 250-year history of the circus abounds with awe-inspiring demonstrations of physical skill - from high-flying aerial artists, to death-defying daredevils - the Science Circus challenges our traditional notions of a circus by focusing on the mind's "acrobatic" perceptual tricks.

As the guests enter the exhibition, they are welcomed by a festive, colorful facade that sets the tone for the sights and sounds they are about to experience. These interactive exhibits are displayed simultaneously in three adjacent Rings, and guests can visit any of the Rings in the order they please.

Ring One, or Deception Perception, is a menagerie of exhibits that prompt you to question whether to see is to believe. Can you always trust your senses? Is what you see as real as it seems?

Can your brain produce motion where there is none? Your first venture into the Science Circus will unveil the "blindness" of your mind's eye.

Ring Two highlights Pieces of Incredible Engineering, where guests can engage their minds in puzzles and relish how math and art come together. This central area is animated by simple machines, and engages guests in activities that evoke their inner engineer.

Last but not the least, Ring Three is Encounters with the Masters, where guests can interact with and learn the secrets of the Masters of Illusion. They can take on the challenges posed by each Master, and discover how our brains can be ensnared by smoke and mirrors.

The Science Circus: Step Right Up! exhibition vividly illustrates how our everyday experiences are full of delightful secrets that we can uncover, to discover more about ourselves and the world around us.

Science Circus will be on display in The Mind Museum until the end of January 2017, and will travel around the Philippines. 

Tickets to the exhibition will only cost P200 per head, and can be combined with a museum visit. To purchase tickets, you may do so directly from The Mind Museum Ticket Booth, or online at this link.

Join Us For International Science Center and Science Museum Day!

In partnership with UNESCO and the International Council of Museums, science museums all over the world will celebrate this year's World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10th, with the very first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). 

The participating institutions, which include The Mind Museum, will be offering activities that help in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals declared by the United Nations for 2030. These activities will be presented at the Science Center World Summit in Tokyo in 2017.

Of the 17 goals, The Mind Museum's programs focus on three: quality education and teacher training, sustainable cities and communities, and life below water. 

Museums, as venues for informal education, can help to supplement formal schooling. With the help of sponsor organizations, a training program for public school science teachers titled Science Wonder Workshops: From Duty to Wonder was held in the museum and in different provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

Based on the evaluation surveys, 300 teachers who had undergone the workshops displayed newfound confidence in teaching and communicating science. More workshops in the provinces are planned for the coming months. 

The museum also promotes sustainable communities with its Cafe Scientifique lecture sessions on sustainability, such as On Behalf of the Wild, and What On Earth Are We Doing?, held in partnership with conservation organizations like WWF-Philippines, and its major exhibition, Future Cities, on renewable energy sources. 

The Museum also promotes the importance of marine biodiversity with its traveling exhibition, A Glass of the Sea

With support from USAID, this exhibition highlights the beauty of the Verde Island Passage, one of the most diverse marine environments on the planet, and the research conducted there by the California Academy of Sciences.

Since its opening in July 2015, the AGOS exhibition has traveled to various parts of the country, and has been visited by over 50,000 people.

So how can you celebrate this day with us?

You can come to The Mind Museum: After Hours event on November 10th, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM!

For only PHP 500 per person, your event ticket will provide you with access to the following: 

1.  A 3-hour entrance to the Museum;
2.  Premiere of NASA's Global Experiment special animation video, and The Mind Museum Alumni video;
3.  Screenings from the Science Film Festival 2016;
4.  A MakerSpace Pilipinas workshop for kids (and big kids!);
5.  Option to join our MindPub Quiz Night for Adults Only (from 8:00-9:00 PM).

With your event ticket, you can also be among the first guests to experience the following newest exhibitions and programs for free!

1. Science Circus: Step Right Up!
2. Planet Story
3. Play with the Universe with MindMover Pecier

To purchase tickets for the event, you may do so by going to the Museum Ticket Booth, or visiting the website. 

The MindPub Quiz Night and Play With the Universe activities require advance reservation, so email to reserve your slots for you and your friends. 

Contributors to the Global Experiment Video and the Share Your Museum Story video are also given 50% off on their tickets to the After Hours event. 

For more updates, please follow our event page at this link: Mind Museum After Hours