GEORGE TOWN, Apr 29 – Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng working visit to the Tech Dome Penang (TDP) at Komtar fifth floor here this morning. He said against a back drop of declining enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines in schools and tertiary institutions among the young people, TDP shall promote, inspire and rekindle interest amongst the younger generation of Malaysians to a future in science and tehcnology.
“This is important for Malaysia and especially Penang as we depend on skilled and technologically trained workers to attract manufacturing investments and power our strong technology base. TDP is housed in the Geodesic Dome and the Annexe building of Komtar,” said Lim.
“Comprising roughly 40,000sq ft of space equipped with over 120 interactive science and technology exhibits to provide for hours of fun-filled discovery for young and old alike. The exhibits are setup in themed galleries i.e. Forces and Motion, IT, Robotics, Optics, Life Tech and Electromagnetism,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lim also said that there were many companies have come forward offering to put together exhibits in TDP to tell the story of the science and technology behind the products they make. He said apart from exhibits at the TDP, they shall also conduct special education programs in STEM for children and also adults that focus on experiential learning.
“The TDP is a RM28 million initiative by the Penang State Government to attract more young people to take up the more difficult science and engineering disciplines. The TDP is a living symbol of our motto of ‘Inspiring The Future’ and will be official opening in July 16th,” Lim said.
“We still have a shortfall of RM1m to reach our fund raising goal for this project. The Glow Walk event this Saturday night will help us towards this goal. TDP is a not-for-profit organization and depends on the continual goodwill of the public to ensure its continuous development and sustainability,” he added.