Pusat Sains Negara
National Science Centre
In line with the government insight to produce a contributing generation to the field of science and technology, the National Science Centre has been given a mandate to build a scientific society.
The proposal to establish the National Science Centre arises from one of the strategic challenges listed by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in a paperwork entitled Malaysia-The Way Forward established in 1992 which reads:
“The sixth is the challenge of establishing a scientific and progressive society, a society that is innovative and forward looking, one that is not only a consumer of technology but also a contributor to the scientific and technological civilization of the future.”
In order to achieve it, the National Science Centre has outlined a few strategies to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation towards science and technology.
- To provide the environment and facilities for the fun learning of science
- To provide interactive science exhibits
- To provide and organize interesting science programmes and activities
- To simplify the implementation of science and technology
- To publish science and technology literature
- To act as adviser on informal science learning
Concept and Role
The National Science Centre was proudly opened by the then Prime Minister, Y.A.B Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 29 November 1996.
It is located in a peaceful, harmonious and and surrounded by natural greenery at Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The National Science Center building is a national landmark through its unique and scientific design. The building resembles a truncated cone capped by a geodesic dome.
The centre, an institution of informal learning, was entrusted with a mandate to promote awareness, interest and understanding of Science and Technology to increase the knowledge of the Malaysian citizens.
The exhibits located in National Science Centre are based on different themes which are divided into different categories. There are two main categories, Fundamental Science and Technology.
The overall concept of the centre is to link science with the environment, religion, as well as to relate science to with all aspects in life, knowledge and application in life.
In 2006, the National Science Centre forged a new history with the establishment of its first branch in the Northern Region. The project started on February 2005 on a 5 acres site in the district of Gunung Keriang, Alor Setar, Kedah.
The building is designed based on the concept of energy saving, environmentally friendly and with a dynamic exhibition space. Almost all of the layout work and interactive exhibition galleries in this building is fabricated by the National Science Centre staff themselves.
The two science centres house many different exhibits designed to stimulate, excite and encourage visitors to take an active interest in science and technology.