Science Centre Singapore to unveil IDA-aided smart learning space
By Digital News Asia September 30, 2015
- Customised technology to enhance science learning and visitor engagement
- Soon-to-be launched mobile app to deepen the experience
SCIENCE Centre Singapore (SCS), in collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), said it will soon unveil a new interactive smart learning space that will offer dynamic content with customised learning experiences for visitors based on their profiles.
The smart learning space will be used for the centre’s Tuning In: Brain and Body exhibition, SCS and IDA said in a joint statement.
Starting end-October, visitors will be able to use the Brain Explora mobile app to enjoy the exhibition.
Based on the user’s profile, the app differentiates between adults and children to offer age group-specific content – adults will be presented with deeper information while children can enjoy bite-sized learning, coupled with games and quizzes.
Through the app, the new smart learning space will also offer more engaging experiences using rich digital content in various formats, such as videos and interactive games, as visitors explore the exhibition.
“Technology is a big part of our lives in Singapore and it has transformed education as well – teachers and students alike use laptops in classes, and technology literacy is prevalent,” said SCS chief executive Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng.
“The interactive smart learning spaces leverage children’s familiarity with technology to introduce scientific concepts through non-traditional learning formats.
“We hope that refreshing content on ‘Brain Explora’ will strengthen knowledge and skills acquired during classroom science lessons.”
These efforts are also part of the preparation for the new Science Centre, due to be completed by 2020.
“This dynamic, differentiated and customisable user experience is a good example of how place and exhibition owners can exploit technology to offer better visit and learning experience for their guests,” said Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive of the Development Group at IDA.
“Such innovative use of technology can be applied across many places of interest and, by improving the quality of experience, invigorate a wide range of consumer-related industries,” he added.
Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution which houses 14 exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 30,000 sq metres of outdoor exhibition space showcasing the Waterworks exhibition, Ecogarden and Kinetic Garden. Other attractions are the Omni-Theatre, Snow City and KidsSTOP.
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