From simple-celled organisms to complex beings, the World of Life explores the similarities and interrelatedness shared among life organisms. The commonalities into five broad life processes: we require energy, we take in supplies and excrete waste, we react to the world around us, we defend ourselves and lastly, we reproduce.
World of Life
Because this is an exhibit on living creatures, there are live animals and actual animal on display. There is a chick hatchery for participants to witness different stages of a chicken’s life cycle, and they could also see the real brains of a fish, pelican, cat and monkey and compare them with humans.
A key attraction at the gallery is a see-through 50-foot body stimulator named Tess. The larger-than-life model is designed so that participants can learn about how the human organs regulate the body though the process of homeostasis to keep the body in balance. The Discovery Room in this section is catered for participants younger than 7 years old. They will be able to meet many animals upfront from the harmless South American degu to the vicious boa constrictor.
Creative World celebrates human’s creativity and innovation through looking at ways in which technology has advanced to meet our needs in transport, communication and structure. Humans as early as the ancient Egyptians have recognized that nature is undeniably the most powerful force on earth, but at the same time, we have also devised means to overcome or resist them. One of many natural forces explored is the tectonic force that causes earthquakes. Apart from being able to experience the shaking of an earthquake, visitors can also try their hands at building their structural models on a mini shake plates to see if their buildings would be able to withstand seismic movements.
Another section looks into the ways we have overcome gravity, friction and inertia, among other forces to allow us to move rapidly from our one place to another. Kids will enjoy racing each other in the solar car competition, which makes use of solar energy to power the car. There is also a life-sized modified Toyota Prius onsite to raise awareness about fuel cell as a form of green energy and its potential for wider uses in the future.
The Discovery Center in this section allow young learners to role play in different city stores, including a construction company, a hardware store as well as a TV studio that comes with costume, puppets and a camera. Such activities aim to encourage preschoolers to learn about science concepts, help them make sense of the real world and socialize with each other.
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