In the presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) announced the official launch of the Abu Dhabi Science Center (ADSC), a 6,500m2 permanent state-of-the-art facility dedicated to informal science education in Abu Dhabi.
Featuring 7 signature galleries and more than 200 interactive hands-on exhibits, this new dedicated landmark is advantageously located in Masdar City, providing easy access for residents from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Gharbiyah and the wider UAE.
The creation of the Abu Dhabi Science Center continues TDC’s efforts to establish a vibrant Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) base in the Emirate and is a strategic initiative following global best practices in science popularization, aimed at inspiring youth towards STI education and careers.
ADSC will be contributing towards Abu Dhabi’s Science, Technology and Innovation future aspiration. H.E. Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, said, “Central to the development of a knowledge-based economy is a skilled workforce. In order to sustain the growth of the STI industry in the Emirate, TDC is focusing on nurturing young talent in related fields, giving them the opportunity to engage with, and be inspired by, careers in science and technology. The Abu Dhabi Science Center will be a landmark for informal science learning throughout the year. The center will serve as both a prestigious local project and a major attraction for the people of the UAE and visitors from around the world.”
Director General of TDC, H.E. Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, said, “ADSC is the third major science popularization initiative from TDC that aims to stimulate scientific curiosity within our youth and inspire them in STI through exciting and interactive learning experiences. The Abu Dhabi Science Center will create scientific memories for our children and will engage our community in science in an exciting and fun manner. Annually, over 200,000 visitors will be able to enjoy this state of the art facility, of which 30% is anticipated to be through organized school tours.”
Seven themed galleries featuring over 200 interactive exhibits and 120 educational programs have been designed for children ages 6-11, and developed to support and enhance the ADSC visitor experience. Opportunities for participating in gallery walks, taking part in hands-on laboratory experiments, and spending a school holiday week in science day camp or a Saturday in a science club are all part of an extensive program menu that will be available to children.
Featuring a 12 meter domed, 75 seat planetarium and space exploration simulator, the Universe and Planetarium Gallery links today’s space and planetary sciences to the history of the region. Sponsored by Mubadala, as part of its commitment to prepare today’s youth for the vital role they will play in the UAE’s economic and social development, this gallery showcases 20 exhibits that help visitors understand our solar system, the lunar calendar, the changing of seasons as well as the physical properties of asteroids, comets and stars including our own sun.