Tech Dome Penang is a science discovery centre in Penang. Created at a cost of RM28 million, it occupies the Geodesic Dome at Komtar. Tech Dome is a public-private partnership involving the Penang State government. It was established to ignite inquisitiveness and an interest in the sciences among children and young adults. With the tagline of Inspiring the Future, it is geared to be a hub for young people to learn about science and technology. Through Tech Dome Penang, it is hoped that more students will pursue higher education in the sciences and help enhance Penang's position as a regional hub for science and technology.
I visited Tech Dome on 2 August, 2016, and was taken around by Dr Khong Yoon Loong, the CEO of Penang Tech Centre, which runs Tech Dome Penang. Dr Khong took me around, showing me all the various exhibits, and I got a better insight into how Tech Dome was set up. It was no easy task, I can tell you, so it was with some joy for all involved with the project opened to the public, showcasing more than 120 exhibits.
Through its exhibits, Tech Dome exposes visitors to the various progresses made in the field of science, technology and innovation. Visitors get to play with lasers, for example, or spin around in a Human Gyro, or watch the inside of the human body.
Dr Khong Yoon Loong, the CEO of Penang Tech Centre, which runs Tech Dome Penang, demonstrating a spinning levitating globe (7 August, 2016)
Robotic Aquarium: Dr Khong showing me the mechanical fish in Tech Dome's fish tank. (8 February, 2017)
Overview of the exhibits at Tech Dome Penang (2 August, 2016)
Go for a spin at Tech Dome Penang! (7 August, 2016)
Here I am at the main entrance to Tech Dome Penang. (7 August, 2016)
Entrance to Tech Dome Penang from THE TOP (11 February, 2017)
Updates on Tech Dome Penang
18 December, 2016
PIXO Observatory, which has the most powerful telescope in Penang, was officiated by Dr Ahmad Zahidi Hamidi, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. The observatory is used mainly by the Astronomical Society of Penang for stargazing, sun observations and other activities. Astronomical workshops and exhibitions may also be held there.
10-12hb Sept dan 16-18hb Sept, 2016
Japanese Technology Weekend was held at Tech Dome Penang. In junction, there is a Mini Japan Fest showcasing Japanese culture, food and games, including Geometric Origami, traditional Pachinko, Superball, Japanese bakery, Yukata dressing, Nagashi-Somen game/food and Matcha ice-cream. The Japanese Technology Weekend is launched by the Penang Chief Minister YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng at the Tech Dome Penang at 10:00 am on 10 September, 2016.
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