Attraction N0.189 Shihshang Road, Shihlin, Taipei, Taiwan 111 Published on: 13-11-2015
|09:00 AM - 06:00 PM|
National Taiwan Science Education Center is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why National Taiwan Science Education Center is special ?
The National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC; Chinese: 國立臺灣科學教育館; pinyin: Guólì Táiwān Kēxué Jiàoyùguǎn) is an educational center in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan. The mission of the center is to promote the teaching of applied science throughout Taiwan. The National Taiwan Science Education Center is a great place to learn about science, regardless of your age. The center in loaded with high-tech facilities, including a computer classroom and robot education center on the basement level. Life science and natural science displays are located on the third and fourth floor; material science, math, and earth sciences displays are on the fifth and sixth floors along with the 'SkyCycle,' where visitors can ride a bike 20 meters up in the air. And special exhibits from around the world are hosted on the seventh and eight floors. The displays include plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits that make learning about science fun.
What to explore at National Taiwan Science Education Center?
The National Taiwan Science Education Center has planned a series of themed science camps, using lively, interesting courses to teach children fundamental science principles. From the process of observation, reasoning and practical operation, students will learn about the true spirit of science. Let us unveil science’s mysteries together! Physics, chemistry, biology and earth sciences are the main topics of learning for the Little Tree Frog Science Laboratory.
Students will learn through conducting experiments and listening to real-life experiences. This is a lively and practical way to learn, and fits with the ideals of Taiwan’s grade 1-9 curriculum, allowing students to understand the real context of natural sciences. Additionally, the favorite course of all, a class on robots is also included within the Laboratory. All of the students will be able to discover the fun of learning and become little scientists!
Outdoor Science Education Seminar
Support educational activities for schools in remote areas and disadvantaged students Courses are offered to reinforce the prioritized policy for minority group support, promoted by the Ministry of Education and popularization of scientific education. The goal is to implement minority support, decrease the differences between city and country and equal resource distribution policies. The implementation of this activity is hereby established to encourage schools in remote areas and economically disadvantaged students to make good use of the Science Center. There are a variety of nature observations and outdoor science seminars in YangMingSuwu from the nine-year integrated curriculum.
How to get to National Taiwan Science Education Center?
MRT Station：Take the MRT to Jiantan Station or Shilin Station and continue by bus
- Exciting cycling experience
- Fun time with kids
- Great educational visit for kids
- Big science museum - great for young (and older) kids
- Good for kid's development
N0.189 Shihshang Road, Shihlin, Taipei, Taiwan 111
Tips for you
We saw this SEC when we were leaving the new Taipei Amusement Park, glad we went in! Not the most outstanding center in Asia and with no latest technology gadget to explore science, but all the small traditional games that allowed kids and parents to think and play together were great bonding time! Both of us tried the sky cycling at extra cost of NT80 for adult and NT50 for kid, was fun too but too scary for people like myself, afraid of height! Cheap entrance fee to explore level 3-6 of the center, if you happen to be around or even not, it's good to pay a visit if you have children or teenager along (challenge the teenager with all the puzzles, not easy ya...). We bought our lunch and hot drinks at the 'OK' convenient store at level 1 and had it at the spacious level 2 dining area (hot, nice and cheap).
We brought our kids, aged 5 and 11, for the visit, and it was high on our list of must-do. We were not disappointed. To get there, we took the MRT to Shilin Station and then, cabbed to the Science Centre. It costs only NT$75 (the flag down fare was already NT$70 so it suggests how close the Science Centre is to the MRT station). There was an Insect Exhibition (temporary display) borrowed from Japan, apparently, and there were curators at the exhibition, one of whom led my 11-year old son through the exhibits and patiently explained to him about the special characteristics and behavioural patterns of each insect on display. I was duly impressed! She also tried to explain to my 5-year-old daughter, but as our children are brought up in an English-speaking family and my daughter had not been exposed to Mandarin in school as much as my son has, she (the guide) was unable to capture my daughter's interest as much owing to language barrier. Thus, I translated all that the guide was sharing with us and my daughter was captivated by how some insects behave / camouflage themselves for survival =) We tried the 4D show (Ice Age) which everyone rather enjoyed but thought that the 4D Shrek show at Universal Studios had been much better, in terms of the effects. Both daddy and son experienced the bicycle-ride at the 5th floor and it was quite an experience - they had fun. This experience is only open to people who fulfill the 1.25m minimum height restriction so, regrettably, my daughter could not participate, to her great disappointment. We had to promise her we would return 2 years later, as we predict she would meet the height requirement by then. We went for the science demonstration at the Electricity station, and it was interesting for my son to go through science facts that he learnt in the classroom and to see the demo live. He was asked to assist in the demo and thereafter, the retired Science teacher, who had been doing the demo, even spent time going through other exhibits and doing more demos with my son, to his delight. We find that in terms of the hands-on experiences, this science centre beats the one we frequent in Singapore hands-down! We all had a great time! Highly recommended if you have school-going children! Disclaimer: We went on a weekday (Thursday) morning/early noon, there were not a lot of other visitors and there was no school groups at that time of visit. Perhaps that's why we felt we could really explore the place at ease and the curators were also able to have ample free time to patiently guide our kids through various exhibits. So, if you wish to have similar one-to-one experiences, try visiting on a weekday.