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!

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