News Details | 06-Nov-2012

NTU partners RWS to spur interest in science amongst the young

In an inaugural collaboration, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has teamed up with Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) to launch an exhibition revolving around the theme of “Superheroes in Science”. Titled “Modern-Day Explorers: Science Superheroes Changing the World”, the six-month exhibition was officially launched at the Maritime Experiential Museum at RWS on 6 November 2012.

The new educational exhibition is targeted at primary and secondary school students, who will be able to observe the life and work of nine of the world’s leading scientists in comic book-like fashion. The modern-day scientists are portrayed as life-sized 2D caricatures, donning their capes, with informative write-ups retelling the amazing journey of scientific discovery.

Students will get to learn about complicated theories like directed evolution and nanoscience in an easy-to-understand, fun and visual manner. These ‘Superheroes in Science’ include renowned geneticist Dr Craig Venter, Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto, and biomedical pioneer Professor Robert Langer.

The exhibition was officially launched by Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of the Singapore Science Centre.

“Science education is driven by our natural curiosity, and should be fun and interactive. Through this exhibition at the Maritime Experiential Museum, we hope to raise awareness among youth of important scientific issues such as energy, environment and medicine,” says Dr Park Yuhyun, Director at the President’s Office, NTU. “By profiling the world's leading scientists as real-life science superheroes, we hope to encourage children to pursue careers in science. Like maritime explorers of past centuries, today’s scientists are also pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

“The Maritime Experiential Museum aims to inspire a sense of exploration and this is done through the interactive exhibits as well as a year-long calendar of events, talks and educational programmes that promotes experiential learning.” says Jason Horkin, Director Maritime Experiential Museum, Resorts World Sentosa. “We are very happy to work with Nanyang Technological University on this Modern-Day Explorers exhibition, which helps to bring the sciences to life for visitors, and hopefully inspire them to learn more about the work of these modern-day superheroes.”

The exhibition builds on the success of the Singapore’s inaugural Molecular Frontiers Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Biomedicine, co-organised by NTU and the Molecular Frontiers Foundation in Stockholm, in April 2012. The event saw over 500 students from junior colleges and polytechnics gather to interact with top scientists, like Dr Venter himself.

Visitor Information

Exhibition: Modern-Day Explorers: Science Superheroes Changing the World
Duration: 30 Sep 2012 - 20 Mar 2013
Venue: Multi-Purpose Gallery, The Maritime Experiential Museum
Exhibition Admission: Free
Museum Admission Fee:
$5 (Adults)
$2 (Children aged 4 - 12)
$3 (Senior Citizens aged 65 & above)
Opening Hours:
10 am - 7 pm (Mondays to Thursdays)
10 am - 9 pm (Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

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Evelyn Choo
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Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 4714

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore’s first integrated resort is located on the resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, the resort opened in January 2010 and welcomed over 30 million visitors in its first two years of opening. RWS is home to the region’s first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, the Maritime Experiential Museum, a casino, luxurious accommodation in six unique hotels, the Resorts World Convention Centre, celebrity chef restaurants, a world-class destination spa as well as specialty retail outlets. The resort also offers entertainment including public attractions such as the Crane Dance and the Lake of Dreams. Coming soon is the world’s largest oceanarium - the Marine Life Park. Resorts World Sentosa is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group.

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