LEARN­ING IS FUN

Expatriate Lifestyle - Essentials Education - - Contents - WORDS SUZANNE ONG AND KARIN CHAN

Ed­u­ca­tion does not have to mean black­boards and text­books. There are myr­iad ac­tiv­ity cen­tres that cater to young en­quir­ing minds

Edu­tain­ment cen­tres com­bine the best of ed­u­ca­tion and en­ter­tain­ment for a fun-guar­an­teed learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and

Malaysia has a range of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar op­tions for all ages

BRING ON THE PE­RI­ODIC TA­BLE

There’s more to sci­ence than study­ing the rate of plant pho­to­syn­the­sis - just ask Pet­ro­sains and the Sci­ence Bridge Academy! Both cen­tres ha e in or orated s ien­tifi on e ts and the­o­ries into fun ex­hibits and ac­tiv­i­ties, turn­ing ab­stract ideas into colour­ful, con­crete ex­am­ples that are bound to pique the in­ter­est of bud­ding young sci­en­tists.

Pet­ro­sains pro­vides hands-on interactive ex­pe­ri­ences for all ages, start­ing with the Dark Ride, an au­dio­vi­sual presentation-turned-ride in an ‘oil drop’ car to the

heart of the cen­tre”

Pet­ro­sains pro­vides hands-on interactive ex­pe­ri­ences for all ages, start­ing with the Dark Ride, an au­dio­vi­sual presentation-turned-ride in an ‘oil drop’ car to the heart of the cen­tre.Then start on the ex­hi­bi­tions by pre­tend­ing to be an as­tro­naut at Space, sing along with di­nosaurs at the Geotime Dio­rama, ex­plore a model of a real off­shore oil plat­form and race your friends in a For­mula One sim­u­la­tor at the SPEED gallery.

Also worth a visit is the Sci­ence Bridge Academy at Jaya One, which es­pouses the virtues of ex­pe­ri­en­tial and the­matic learn­ing for pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents.The ademy is the first to ring its renowned Life Sci­ences pro­grammes to Malaysia from Sin­ga­pore, which have been run­ning since 2002 and whose sub­jects in­clude Foren­sic Sci­ence, Food Sci­ence, En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Aroma Chem­istry. You’ll also find le­men­tary ien e Classes and Sci­ence Camps here too.

THE TECH­NI­CAL SIDE OF THINGS

Are you and your kids fas­ci­nated by ho things or o yo find them tak­ing apart their toys to see what makes them tick? If LEGO Ro­bot­ics sets tend to be the only things they want for Christ­mas, then there’ll a good chance that they’ll love a day out at Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence or Lit­tle Botz Academy.

At Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence, you get to be the cap­tain of the world’s most pop­u­lar jet air­liner – the Boe­ing 737. Even though it’s just a sim­u­la­tor, you’ll eel li e yo re ying the real thing as you’ll be do­ing every­thing from tak­ing off to land­ing and choos­ing from over 24,000 air­ports to test your skills at. For the younger crew mem­bers, their Fly­ing Start school ex­cur­sion al­lows kids to take over the cap­tain’s seat with added ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and avi­a­tion-re­lated games con­ducted by pro­fes­sional pilots.

On the ro­bot­ics and tech­nol­ogy side, the Lit­tle Botz Academy works closely with the Univer­sity of Malaya Re­search Cen­tre to bring you a cut­ting-edge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Here, you can learn to build Lego Tech­nic mod­els, cre­ate your own games and interactive art and even par­tic­i­pate in a bat­tle bot com­pe­ti­tion! heir agshi o er­ing o the ini

Botz De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme gives kids aged seven and above full ac­cess to the Inno-Tech Gym and two Tech Classes of your choice.

CRE­ATIVE PUR­SUITS

o rse the finer arts ha e a lot to teach us as well, so they shouldn’t be ne­glected. Ac­tiv­i­ties like cook­ing, paint­ing, draw­ing, singing and more are great for recre­ation and they can help both chil­dren and adults de­velop their prob­lem solv­ing and soft skills - as Smart Ju­nior Chef and The Stu­dio At KL know.

Kids aged four and above can learn cook­ing ba­sics at Smart Ju­nior Chef, where cour­ses are cat­e­gorised by Be­gin­ner, In­ter­me­di­ate and Ad­vanced lev­els.Your chil­dren will be taught all the nec­es­sary cook­ing tech­niques, proper food han­dling and prepa­ra­tion, as well as kitchen safety

t they ll still get the han e to e their culi­nary cre­ativ­ity un­der adult su­per­vi­sion, so just sit back and watch your kid be­come the next Jamie

Oliver. Now home­made break­fasts will be a thing to look for­ward to!

The Stu­dio At KL is called the ‘Home of Art Jam­ming’ for a good rea­son; its three-hour ‘Art Jam­ming’ ses­sions for adults (kids can have a 90-minute Art Jam­ming birth­day party) al­low you to let loose with a paint­brush in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment. They’ll sup­ply you with all the ma­te­ri­als and give you ini­tial guid­ance, then you’re left to just...paint with all the colours of the wind, if you like! Reg­u­lar art classes are also avail­able, where they in­tro­duce you to dif­fer­ent medi­ums and styles of art at vary­ing skill lev­els.

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