The Science Centre is set to open again in 2027.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Science Centre.
Set to Open in 2027
The design of the new Science Centre in the Jurong Lake District was just revealed on Friday.
The centre is set to be open in 2027 – two years later than it was supposed to.
The new centre was initially set to open by 2025, but the project’s progress was delayed by disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The postponed opening date, however, coincidentally marks the centre’s 50th anniversary – 50 years of promoting learning in science and technology to Singaporeans.
“We are happy with the proposed overall design for the new Science Centre and are putting the finishing touches to the final design. With that, we are ready to start work next year,” said Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing at the Science Centre’s Untame: After Dark event on Friday.
We’re not sure if the iconic giant T-Rex outside the McDonald’s from our childhood is part of the design, but we have until 2027 to find out.
“The current Science Centre will continue to serve the needs of Singaporeans and tourists till the new Science Centre is ready,” the Science Centre Board noted.
The New Science Centre
The new Science Centre will be located next to Chinese Garden MRT Station and is part of the setting for a 7ha integrated tourism development, including attractions and hotels.
The new centre will consist of five interlocking rectangular blocks with large glass windows giving patronisers a breathtaking view of the nearby lake.
In the true spirit of the futuristic theme driven by the Science Centre, the new structure will appear to float above the parkland and the lake.
A New Observatory
Any fans of the night sky?
Singaporeans can look forward to a new observatory, this time with educational institutions engaged in organising events and exhibitions for all you star enthusiasts.
The centre will also extend its opening hours so that you and your friends have yet another night activity on the list. Specially curated “after-dark” science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) exhibitions and programmes will be up for Singaporeans to explore.
A Children’s Gallery
Remember the days your parents would bring you to KidsStop at the current Science Centre?
Well, the new centre brings with it a children’s gallery that’s twice the size of KidsStop!
Kids these days do have it better…
The gallery will have its own interactive outdoor waterplay area, discovery trails, and sensory trails.
Older students can look forward to more hands-on learning at the new specialised laboratories such as the Eco-Lab or the Digital Fabrication Lab.
A New Outdoor Activity Plaza
The cherry to top off this new development?
The outdoor activity plaza.
The plaza presents opportunities for more placemaking activities, including Stem programmes and civic activities for the community in Jurong Lake District.
Developed With Sustainability in Mind
The centre will also have programmes and exhibitions educating visitors on sustainability practices.
That’s not all. The centre means business.
The centre itself aims to be a low-energy building as well through adopting green technologies and intelligent building management systems to minimise energy use.
Strengthening Existing Collaborations
The new center will engage stakeholders such as schools, community and industry partners to showcase Singapore’s innovations to the world.
Existing collaborations aim to be strengthened, while new partnerships will also be made with firms and institutes of higher learning.
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