One of the newer additions to Goa’s tourist attractions is the Goa Science Center which was opened in 2001. Spread out over 5 acres of land, the science centre features a variety of large interactive exhibits which demonstrate simple physics principles. There is also a dome planetarium and a 3D theatre, which boast the latest technology and promote ‘edutainment’ i.e. a combination of education and entertainment.
Where to Go
The Goa Science Centre is located on a 5 acre property at Miramar, which is one of the suburbs of Panaji, the capital city of Goa.
When to Go
The science centre is open throughout the year with the exception of Holi and Diwali. It remains functional from 10.30am to 6.30pm and the entry fee is Rs. 10 per person.
What to See
The Goa science center has a variety of interactive exhibits that are largely geared towards teaching children basic principles of physics. There are also two thematic galleries which hold participatory exhibits; Science of the Oceans and Fun Science. The exhibits have variables that can be adjusted to satisfy the curiosity of the child’s mind. However, there are also a number of other activities available that are fun for people of all ages to participate in.
Science Shows – There are a number of science shows organized on a daily basis that are suitable for people of all ages. These include 3-D Film Shows, Science Demonstration Lectures, Science Film Shows, Taramandal Shows, Cyberlab Shows, Sky Observations etc.
In addition, there are also activities that are organized periodically like Science Quiz Contests, Seminars, Creative Science Workshops, Science Drama Competition, Astronomy Olympiad, etc. which are geared towards enhancing science interest and aptitude amongst students. Additionally, teacher’s training programmes and computer awareness for teachers help in educating those who train young minds.
The centre also holds commemorative events, exhibitions and seminars about breakthroughs in the field in collaboration with other institutions in the scientific community.
Zenith Cyber Lab – This multi-media computer lab is purposed to provide IT awareness to the general public. They hold daily multimedia sessions for general visitors and regular Computer awareness and training programmes for Students, Teachers, Homemakers and Senior citizens etc.
Taramandal – The mini-planetarium is equipped with the latest in dome technology onto which scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be made to appear and move realistically to simulate the complex Motions of the Heavens. The planetarium seats 53 people at a time, and four shows are held for the public on a daily basis.
Auditorium – The Goa science center boasts a fully-equipped, air-conditioned auditorium that can seat upto 140 people. This is used to conduct seminars and programs and for the screening of science shows.
3D theatre – With high definition projection and Dolby surround sound, the 3D theatre screens various science-based movies for audiences every day.
For a fun and interactive experience which also allows for plenty of learning, a visit to the Goa Science Center is an excellent choice. The extensive and beautifully tended grounds are also an excellent spot for a picnic.