Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Mind Museum: The First World-Class Science Museum in the Philippines

Experience science come alive in The Mind Museum, the first world-class science museum in the Philippines. It will open in December 2011 and shall be located inside the Fort, in Taguig, Philippines.

The Mind Museum: Coming in December 2011
I first found out about this project a few years ago in the newspaper, and was excited about it, being fond of science and science museums. I was sold to their vision:
"To build a home for science and to make it the FIRST WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE MUSEUM in the Philippines." 
As the project's vision also states, they want to make it a "defining legacy that will give the next generation the wings to fly against the challenge of a future shaped largely by service and technology." Having experienced state-of-the-art science museums in the U.S., I knew it was time for something like it to be experienced by many Filipinos.

The museum, which is already nearing completion, will feature 5 galleries within its 2 levels. They are:
The Story of the Universe: Its Beginning and Majesty
The Story of the Earth: Its Story Across the Breadth of Time
The Story of Life: The Exuberant Varieties of Life
The Story of the Atom: The Strange World of the Very Small
The Story of Technology: The Showcase of Human Ingenuity
"With over 250 inter-active “minds-on” and hands-on exhibits, the museum will be a venue that will present science as entertaining, fun, and engaging," the Mind Museum website states.

Support The Mind Museum
Building a museum of this caliber is a big project. Its cost is in the P1 billion. It has already achieved great strides in making happen what it has at the moment - thanks to several corporate, private and individual sponsors who support the vision. You too can help! For as little as P1,000, you can donate and help build The Mind Museum. See here for details. Once you donate, you get to have a star, planet or galaxy named after you or a name you nominate, in their virtual exhibits. I am happy to declare that I am a proud sponsor too! :)

Donate, Volunteer, Spread the Word!
Minds at Work Campaign: Be the first to experience The Mind Museum
On behalf of the museum, I invite you to support this project by spreading the word about it and yes, making a donation. When you donate based on these mechanics, you may get invited to be among the first to experience The Mind Museum’s first exhibit testing event called 'Minds at Work'. This will be on May 26, 2011 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City. Get a chance to manipulate and play with a varied selection of exciting and engaging exhibit pieces that will give you a foretaste of the science fascination that will greet you when the museum is completed this December. This privilege is open to the first 75 donors only. Hurry! Read the mechanics here.

Opportunity for Bloggers: Cover this Event!
Would you like to cover this event on May 26? The event is exclusive for donors, but we also need bloggers to help cover it on the May 26, 3-5PM slot. How do you get invited to cover this event?
  1. Read up on The Mind Museum,
  2. Make a great blog post about The Mind Museum, with specific mention of the Minds at Work event and donation mechanics,
  3. Link this Ten Minutes, Tops! post, the The Mind Museum and the Minds at Work mechanics to your blog post,
  4. Click the 'Like' button below for the Ten Minutes Tops! Facebook Fan page, or go directly to the fan page to 'Like' it:
    Ten Minutes, Tops! Blog (http://www.facebook.com/tenminutestops)
  5. Post a link of your blog post at the Ten Minutes Tops Fan Page, and
  6. Email me the link of your blog post at this address: tristan@tenminutestops.com. Indicate subject 'The Mind Museum'. Please also include your Full Name, Blog Address, Email address, and Mobile Number.
That's it!

I will raffle off the invite to 4 bloggers who will help promote the museum though their blogs. This is a great opportunity to lend your gifts to a good cause, and to help promote science in the country, esp. among the young.

Deadline of entries is on May 15. Selected bloggers will be announced on May 16. When you win, you will be one of only 10 bloggers invited to this exciting event. 6 slots already filled; you could be one of the 4 others! The schedule for bloggers will be on May 26, 2011 from 3 - 5PM.

Join now! :)

051711 Updates: Congratulations to the following winners who will get to experience The Mind Museum via Minds at Work on May 26 at 3-5PM. They are:

Lloyd Salac
Liezl de Ocampo 
Dennis Esplana
Daryll Dial-Villena

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped promote The Mind Museum.

Book Recommendations:
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe