Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean emphasized the necessity for the upcoming Science Centre, set to open by the end of 2027, to stay abreast of contemporary societal challenges in addition to introducing fresh exhibits and spaces. Situated adjacent to the Chinese Garden MRT station, the center will offer programs and workshops tailored to students’ interests, featuring modern themes like food security and sustainability. The facility will also encompass areas dedicated to innovation and experimentation, including specialized laboratories and indoor maker spaces for visitors to explore technology and tools.
Mr. Teo pointed out that Singapore’s enduring commitment to science and technology education has significantly shaped the nation across various domains, from industry and infrastructure to healthcare and housing. During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new center, he stated, “Science and technology have the power to alter our way of life and the environment we inhabit, for better or worse. We have no alternative but to safeguard this small island, carefully navigating the interplay between development, conservation, and sustainability.”
The forthcoming Science Centre in the Jurong Lake District is anticipated to mark its 50th anniversary with its opening in 2027, and construction is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2024. Given the ever-evolving nature of scientific knowledge, Mr. Teo highlighted the need for the Science Centre to evolve alongside it. He cited a statement made by then Minister for Health Toh Chin Chye during the inaugural opening of the Science Centre over four decades ago, emphasizing that the center must continually generate new exhibit ideas that align with advancements in science and technology.
The initial Science Centre, which was inaugurated in 1977, featured four exhibition galleries showcasing 322 exhibits. Mr. Teo, who serves as the Coordinating Minister for National Security and patron of the Science Centre Board, noted that the center has considerably expanded and refreshed its contents over the years.
Associate Professor Lim expressed the goal of the new Science Centre to provide an inclusive environment with improved accessibility and a workforce that includes individuals with special needs. He underlined the importance of considering accessibility constraints from the moment visitors exit the MRT station and aspired for the new center to be a welcoming workplace for people with special needs.
Mr. Teo emphasized that the revamped Science Centre will offer more than just new exhibits or exhibition spaces to Singaporeans. He described it as a response to current and future challenges, symbolizing the harmonious coexistence of science and humanity with nature. He anticipates that the center will hold a distinctive position within Singapore’s education, tourism, and development landscapes and ultimately find a place in the hearts of the nation’s citizens.