Reopening of Omni-Theatre, Science Centre Singapore

{Media Invite}

Before the days of 3D movies and IMAX cinema screen in Singapore, there was the Omni-Theatre at Science Centre Singapore (SCS). This futuristic state-of-the-art theatre then was opened in 1987 as part of Science Centre Singapore. Watching movies at the Omni-Theatre was always an amazing experience because unlike the usual cinema screen, the screen in the Omni-Theatre was huge and it surrounded the whole hall. Even after the local cinemas introduced 3D movies and IMAX screening, the Omni-Theatre remains an attraction for those who wanted to enjoy a different movie experience from the usual cinemas in the shopping malls.

Our Parenting World was invited to the reopening of the Omni-Theatre. This theatre has now been digitally enhanced with the world’s latest and brightest 8K digital planetarium system to offer an enhanced experience which will open to the public on 30 May 2015. The world-leading 8K fulldome digital planetarium system and power Digistar 5 visualisation software brings real-time data from overseas agencies such as NASA.

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For the media preview, there were 2 shows. The first one was a live show on the introduction to the planetarium technology which is about 30 minutes by SCS Science Educators Yong Jian-Yi and Ishak Khan. The audience were brought through a journey to see various parts of our beautiful Earth including a satellite view of Singapore Island. We also saw how the Himalayan Mountains looked like from the top of the earth. Audience will be able to enjoy and learn more from the show which will be narrated in real time by the centre’s educators. 

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This was then followed by the movie “Back to the Moon for Good” which is about 40 minutes. The movie was narrated by a well-known US Actor, Tim Allen, whom many of us remember him as the comedian in the TV show “Home Improvement”. This documentary film first started off with the history of moon exploration by United States and then Soviet Union. Unfortunately after a decade or so, the moon exploration projects were stopped in the 1970s.

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Fast forward to 2007 when Google announced the launch of Google Lunar XPRIZE, a US$30 million incentive to stimulate a new generation of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to develop a robot that can successfully land on the moon’s surface, travel at least 500 meters and then, transmit images back to Earth. Many organisations around the world including universities are taking part in this contest to explore the moon.

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“Back to the Moon for Good” is an excellent documentary show especially for children and adults who are interested in space and moon exploration. The newly reopened Omni-Theatre is suitable for this movie as audience will be able to enjoy the amazing and spectacular view that one can see in space and on the moon surface.

For more information about “Back to the Moon for Good” and other shows in the Omni-Theatre, please visit their website at http://www.omnitheatre.com.sg

Titans of the Past – Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals Part 2

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Continuing from our journey from our previous post, Part 1. We have now been transported to the period of extreme cold where mammoths, mastodons and other Ice Age Mammals have ruled the earth. Detailed write up and descriptions of that period were thoughtfully provided to give us a better understanding before we start looking at the exhibits. 

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Fun booths for kids and adults to play touch to feel which part of the mammals you are touching.

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The Ice Age mammals’ exhibits are also from Aurea Exhibitions, Argentina which will be showcased for the first time in Asia. It will feature 10 animatronics animals from the Ice Age. The picture above is a mastodon which looks like an elephant. 

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This is a Glossotherium which was another of the giant sloths of the time. 

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This is the sabre-toothed cat which looked like a lion. The sabre-toothed cat is also featured in Ice Age animations.

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This is a Glyptodonts, it is a mammal with a bony cap on its head and its tails is sheathed in bony plates. 

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This is Bear of the Pleistocene – Pararctotherium which looked like a grizzly bear. 

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This is a Macrauchenia which was smaller than the modern camel. Every of these mammals will have a detailed description to let the visitors know more about its habitats, physical characteristics, diets and its environments.

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This is a Mammoth, we are very familiar with it as we have seen the Mammoth in Ice Age animations. 

Our Parenting World would like to thank the kind and lovely organisers for inviting us to the exhibitions and all the dedicated team for putting up this interesting and informative exhibitions. We have also met our friends at the event. A BIG Hello to all of you and thank you!

More information about the exhibitions, it will be held from 25 October 2013 to 23 February 2014 at Science Centre Singapore, Annexe from 10am to 6pm.

Please click this link to find out more details about the exhibitions. Do come and visit the exhibitions, we assured you that it will be a fun and educating experiences for the whole family. 

 

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