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Science Centre to still nurture 'spirit of inquiry, exploration and discovery': Heng

A committee comprising a "diverse group of talented and passionate people" will be set up to plan the development of the "jewel" of Jurong, says Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.  

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education and the Science Centre team are "eager to get to work" in re-imagining and developing the new Science Centre, which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dubbed the "jewel" of Jurong during his National Day Rally speech, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

In his Facebook post on Monday (Aug 18), Mr Heng wrote that the Science Centre is a "good place where generations of Singaporeans have been able to imagine, experience, discover and dream". It has played, and will continue to play, an important role of nurturing a "spirit of inquiry, exploration and discovery", he added.

The minister said science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are a critical part of our lives, and all these aspects will be integral when imagining, designing and building Jurong Lake District.

"So how great it will be to have a brand new Science Centre to ignite our children's imagination to create, invent, problem solve and transform the way we live and work," Mr Heng wrote.

To that end, he said a committee will be set up to "imagine all the ways to make the Science Centre even better". He added that he hoped to attract a diverse group of talented and passionate people - such as the best educators in sciences and maths, overseas scientists and researchers, industry practitioners and technologists and people with a deep sense of wonder - to be on the committee.

"I hope our new Science Centre will appeal to all ages - and inspire everyone to retain this child-like sense of wonder all our lives," Mr Heng stated.