Bahrain Science Centre relocates the scary skeleton exhibition

Staff at the Bahrain Science Centre moving the skeletons

Staff at the Bahrain Science Centre moving the skeletons

Bahrain Science Centre, a part of Ministry of Social Development, has relocated the famous scary skeleton exhibition around the centre to accommodate the new theme for May and June 2014 ‘Alternative Energy’.

A squawking pelican greets you when you enter through the main door of the centre. A giant ostrich glares down at you in the ground floor foyer, and a Dama gazelle meets you in the first floor lift lobby. An Arabian oryx, flamingo, glossy ibis and dugong guide you through the first floor foyer, and on the Biodiversity Gallery a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of animal skeletons is there to welcome you.

Visit the Bahrain Science Centre again and experience our exciting new look and feel. Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466.

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Press release issued on behalf Bahrain Science Centre. For further information, please contact Shereen Shabnam on +971 507690087/ 504828177/ shereen@mtestudios.com. For information on the weekly programmes at the Bahrain Science Centre, please contact Amna Aldoseri at amna@mtestudios.com

About Bahrain Science Centre (BSC):

The Bahrain Science Centre (BSC) is an interactive educational facility that targets children, youth and families of Bahrain. It is located in building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain. The science centre has six interactive exhibition galleries, an auditorium, four laboratories and a café/shop.

The role of the BSC is to promote awareness of the importance of science and technology, complement the school curriculum, stimulate curiosity and innovation, and create a forum for public debate on science and technology issues. The topics covered by current exhibitions include junior engineering, human health, the five senses, earth sciences and biodiversity.

Focusing on hands-on learning using interactive displays and people-centred programmes, such as science shows, Bahrain Science Centre also strongly promotes creativity and innovation as well as cross-generational learning. The science centre will also endeavour to promote an awareness of Bahrain’s contributions to science and technology and a strong Bahraini identity. It is an ideal family edutainment destination.

‘Joy of collecting’ is new theme for Bahrain Science Centre

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Its always fun to do things for Bahrain Science Centre because each month we have a new activity to work on. The themed activity during February 2014 at Bahrain Science Centre, part of Ministry of Social Development is ‘Joy of Collecting ‘. The goal of this theme is to encourage children to make collections of interesting objects.

Collecting is an educational activity as it encourages children to acquire and learn about objects from different cultures, ages and countries. Although ‘collecting’ is not strictly a scientific activity, it is an educational activity that promotes curiosity, inquisitiveness and innovation.

During the month, children will be encouraged to collect items that are simple, interesting, not too common or expensive, that are not alive, and are found all over the world and samples of personal collections will be displayed in different galleries at the centre .

Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466

Kid’s Knowledge Event celebrated at the Bahrain Science Centre

BSC SHereen Shabnam

The Bahrain Science Centre, part of the Ministry of Social Development, will host several exciting events organized together with the British Council as part of their ‘Kid’s Knowledge Event’ on 23 and 24 January 2014

A real Red London Bus converted into a children’s library will be parked behind the Science Centre and will host reading and literacy events. A large tent next to the Big Red Bus will host a variety of interactive educational activities including giant puzzles and floor games. 

Inside the Bahrain Science Centre visitors will be able to participate in a Treasure Hunt throughout the exhibition galleries and laboratories of the Science Centre and special interactive storytelling session on the ‘History of Flight’ will be presented in the Auditorium, and guided tours will be offered to all the galleries.

Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466 for booking 

Sound of Music workshops in Bahrain

Sound of Music Shereen Shabnam

Bahrain Science Centre continues to amaze the visitors with its Sound of Music workshops which introduces the audience to the basic concepts and science behind sounds and music. The goal is to illustrate, using enjoyable games and experiments, terms such as sound wave, wave length, frequency, and pitch to the audience in a both interactive and comprehensible manner.

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to differentiate between different forms of sound (i.e. Noise, music) and types of waves. They will also understand how the human ear functions in addition to identifying how different musical instruments produce different sorts of sound waves.

Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain.

AstroLab Activities at Bahrain Science Centre

Astronomy Shereen Shabnam

Visitors to Bahrain Science Centre can enjoy weekly AstroLab workshops at the centre at no cost.The Centre has developed a strong astronomy programme in collaboration with the University of Bahrain and created an AstroLab that has telescopes, computers and an online weather station.

There is also an Astronomy Club for aspiring young star gazers who are keen to learn more about the universal laboratory in the sky….enjoy stargazing!

Al-Jazari ‘s Elephant Water Clock exhibit comes to Bahrain

Elephent_Clock Shereen Shabnam

Bahrain Science Centre, a part of Ministry of Social Development is currently showcasing a scale model replica of one of the most famous inventions from the Golden Age of Islamic Science, the Al-Jazari’s ‘Elephant Water Clock’, manufactured by MTE Studios in the foyer area of the centre. The exhibit has proven to be of great interest to the general public who gather around it, read the labels while students learn more about it using educational activity sheets.

Al-Jazari invented the ‘Elephant Water Clock’ for several reasons. It was mainly to tell the time and to showcase the advanced state of Islamic engineering but also to celebrate the universality of Islam in the 12th century.  The Clock includes an elephant from India, an Egyptian phoenix, Persian carpets, Indian water technology, Arabian architecture and Chinese serpents.

Visitors will learn how the clock was used to tell the time to the half hour using an elaborate ball run system that is powered by a perforated bowl technique first devised by the Greeks and then perfected later in India.

Al-Jazari’s clock is one of the most amazing automated machines invented during the middle Ages. Don’t miss this opportunity to see it as the exhibit will only remain there until the last week of January.

Impressive whale skeleton welcomes visitors to Bahrain Science Centre

Shereen Bahrain Science

Bahrain Science Centre, a part of the Ministry of Social Development, has revamped the external look of the building with a giant skeleton of a whale mounted on the top of its entrance archway.

The whale, known by the name of Bryde’s whale, had been washed up on the shore of the King Fahd causeway between Umm an nasan island and the main island about 18 years ago. Bryde’s whales reach a length of about 15 m and appear in warm seas throughout the world.

Bryde’s whales have no teeth but, like the great whales, they have two huge baleen plates in their mouths that they use to sieve small shoaling fishes, such as sardines, anchovies and pilchards. Like all whales, they are air-breathing and rise to the surface every 5-15 minutes to take a gulp of air. They can dive to depths of over 300 m and swim at speeds of 6 to 24 km/h.

Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466

Bahrain Science Centre celebrates ‘Great Inventions’

Bahrain Science Centre celebrates ‘Great Inventions’

Shereen BSC 

Visit the Bahrain Science Centre, a part of the Ministry of Social Development during November and December 2013 and you will be able to experience our new theme, ‘Great Inventions’. Three new exhibitions, as well as workshops, demonstrations, talks and discussions on inventions, will be hosted during November and December 2013.

The first exhibition, in the entrance foyer of the Science Centre, features three great inventions from the past: a model of the ‘South-Facing Chariot’, a navigational instrument invented in China over 4 000 years ago, a scale model of Al-Jazari’s 800-year old ‘Elephant Water Clock’, and a ‘Penny-Farthing Bicycle’, which represents the wheel, the greatest invention ever by humankind.

The second exhibition, entitled ‘Miniature Masterpieces’, celebrates 50 small inventions that have made a big impact on our lives. The tiny inventions are neatly displayed in modernistic acrylic domes and are fully labeled to indicate the name of the inventor, date and place of inventions, and the story behind the invention.

The ‘Miniature Masterpieces’ include the fishhook, key, mirror, money, magnetic compass, camera, spectacles, wristwatch, postage stamp, spark plug, light bulb, Velcro, Slinky, credit card, pocket calculator, computer mouse and MP3 Player. There also some fun items such as false teeth, bubblegum, dice, jigsaw puzzle and glass marbles.

The third mini exhibition is called ‘What is it used for?’ This features a selection of 29 unusual inventions and visitors are invited to guess what they are used for. Three possible answers are given for each item. This is a fun exhibition for the whole family.

Science of Photography workshops at Bahrain Science Centre

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One of the interesting and the most recent workshops that will be held in Bahrain Science Centre, a part of the Ministry of Social Development in the month of September 2013 is the “Science of Photography Workshop”

The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the basic concepts of the science behind photography. The goal is to illustrate the fundamental basics and terms of digital photography such as ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed to the audience in an interactive and comprehensible manner. The trainers will also be discussing the simple basics and “rules” of photocomposition.

By the end of this workshop, the participants will learn how essential it is to understand and control light in order for them to attain the desired results. They will also understand how the human eye functions and how similar the mechanism is to that of a camera.

The workshop will conclude with a practical exercise of a technique called “Light Painting.” Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera.

The workshop primarily targets youngsters from the age of 12 and above. Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website www.bahrainsciencecentre.com for more information.

The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466