Communicating biotechnology requires not just science but also creativity and innovation. Not only science has evolved rapidly, but also ways in communication science. From conventional media such as newspapers, television and radio, new media has been employed which are perceived to be much more efficient with far-reaching impact. These media are internet, facebook, twitter and blogs. There also another type media such as museums, exhibitions, and theatrical media. Many developed countries have solid strategies and trained personnel in this field who use these media to the fullest. Malaysia should not be left behind as science literacy determines the prosperity of a nation.
MABIC has been a lead organization in communicating biotechnology to various stakeholders and this year marks its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, MABIC is organizing MyBiotechnology Carnival 2010 with an aim to enhance biotech awareness among the general public. The carnival is jointly organized by the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) and the National Science Centre which share the same mandate and aspiration as MABIC. The carnival is held at the National Science Centre in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur from 25 Sept – 2 Oct.
This is the first-of-its kind carnival in Malaysia with fun-filled activities for people from all walks of life to enrich their knowledge on biotechnology. Bring your kids, families and friends and be prepared to go home with goodies and loads of facts on biotechnology. The beauty is these activities will not drain your energy nor strain you in spite of the learning exercises. We ensure you fun while learning about biotechnology.
What more you will get a chance to meet fashion celebrities and beauty queens in person – Karl Ng, Rahman Saif, Karen Liew, Keith Kee, Shegar Chandra, Thanuja Ananthan and Stephanie Chua.
There is a long list of activities:
- Colouring competition
- Spelling competition
- Fashion show
- Fashion design competition
- BioCultural Village
- BioRace (treasure hunt)
- Public talks on biotech
- Writing competition
- Poster drawing competition
- Hands-on experience on biotech experiments
- And much more…
All the competitions that are open to school students are endorsed by Ministry of Education and certificates will be provided which carries the co-curriculum points for entry into universities. Get your children to send their entries before the deadline!
See you all at the National Science Centre next month!
By Mahaletchumy Arujanan