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Things to do in Asia-Pacific on World Science Day!

There are many science centres and museums celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development this week, with activities including treasure hunts, science lectures and science movie screenings. Addressing current regional issues, many workshops also explain how to sanitise water, how to save energy or how to eat healthy. Here are some highlights of events happening this week across Asia-Pacific.

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If in Tokyo, take your children to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), which will be hosting the Science Centre World Summit this November. For the occasion, the museum is encouraging students from all over Asia-Pacific to create a globe-like display aimed at portraying happiness on earth. This is to make students reflect on the requirements of happiness for 10 billion people, given scarce resources. An instructive activity!

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), 2-3-6 Aomi Koto-ku, Tokyo 1350064 Japan

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Nearby Seoul, Gwacheon National Science Museum will open its “Idea Factory” to all budding manufacturers, who can come and turn their ideas into real prototypes using their own skills and help from staff, from 9.30am to 5.30pm this Thursday.

Gwacheon National Science Museum in Korea, 110 Sanghabeol-ro Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do 13817 South Korea


In China’s Anhui province, the Hefei Science and Technology Museum will be putting its dome cinema, 4D theater and space simulator to the public’s disposition for a spree of science shows and experiments marking World Science Day!

Hefei Science and Technology Museum, No. 446 Huangshan Road Hefei, Anhui 230031 China


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Manila’s Mind Museum in the Bonifacio area is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 4 (on quality education) by running a training programme for teachers across the country. Head there for World Science Day to (re)discover the joys of teaching science and why it is important for each of us. Experiments, performance and technology is used to inspire teacher with creative classroom content.

The Mind Museum, JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue BGC Taguig City, Metro Manila 1634 Philippines


Head to the Petronas Towers’ Petrosains Discovery Centre in Kuala Lumpur for a range of exciting scientific activities! Students will be able to join a workshop on the properties, purification and sustainable management of water. The museum will also feature National Geographic Channel’s “Mars”, which tells the fictional story of Earth’s first mission to Mars, and visitors will be able to experience Mars’ gravity at 37% of Earth’s by going on the anti-gravity treadmill!

Petrosains The Discovery Centre, Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur City Centre 50088 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Head to Khlong Luang in central Thailand, for the National Science Museum’s “run and walk for health” – an opportunity to run or walk around the museum. There will also be an essay competition on how science museums have changed you, and inspiring science seminars. For runners and walkers, prizes can be won!

National Science Museum, Klong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120 Thailand

UNESCO Asia-Pacific encourages science centres and museums of the region to organize activities marking World Science Day for Peace and Development, to familiarize the public with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).