Petrosains is a Science Discovery Centre that uses a fun and interactive approach to tell the story of the science and technology of the petroleum industry. Its concept and contents revolve specifically around the science of petroleum, yet embrace all the general sciences. The hands-on approach adopted by Petrosains puts an emphasis on the fun and excitement of learning rather than on the rigorous memorisation of scientific facts.
Petrosains Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated to extend PETRONAS' commitment as a socially responsible corporate citizen in providing a rich and stimulating environment aimed to enhance science literacy and instill in Malaysians a passion for acquiring scientific knowledge. In addition to opening a window of information on the history and development of petroleum and its related products, the centre also creates more awareness on the enormous career opportunities in the industry.
Petrosains is housed in the world's tallest buildings, the PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. Occupying level 4 and 5 of both Tower 1 and Tower 2 of the Twin Towers, Petrosains covers a total exhibit area of more than 70,000 square feet. Entrance to Petrosains is through Level 4 of the Suria KLCC mall. The mall is accessible via various modes of public transportation.
Corporate ProfilePetrosains is built for Malaysians of all ages. Foreign visitors to Petrosains will be able to learn about Malaysia's rich resources and appreciate the strength, resourcefulness and pioneering spirit of its people.
Petrosains is designed as a modern and contemporary centre that allows visitors to touch, feel and manipulate the exhibits on display. The interactive feature of Petrosains' exhibits, combined with a touch of theatrical and futuristic elements offer visitors a more constructive learning experience. The linear design of the centre highlights a unique storyline that traces the processes involved in the petroleum industry, from the formation of petroleum to the downstream activities as well as the significance of petroleum in our daily lives. The state-of-the-art design of the centre is complemented by thematic props, enchanting backdrops, three-dimensional images, simulation effects and spectacular recreations with realistic visual and sound effects.
The style and sequence of the exhibits in Petrosains trace the evolution of the petroleum industry and how the advancement of science and technology in the industry has tremendously improved the quality of life. Using innovative methods of presenting ideas, Petrosains showcase its exhibits and displays in entertaining and exciting ways. For example, the theatrical setting of Wayang Kulit, or the traditional Malay shadow play, is used to demonstrate the uses of petroleum and educate visitors on the significant role petroleum plays in everyday life.
A special area is the Geotime Diorama that showcases realistic models of prehistoric animals and plants, and a volcano. A feature that would delight visitors, especially the young ones, is the "Singing T-Rex".
Another interesting replication is the true-to-life oil platform. Visitors will get the rare opportunity of being on an oil rig, see every aspect of what life is like on it as well as experience a simulated helicopter ride to the oil platform.
To nurture and sustain interest in science and technology, Petrosains developed various internal and community outreach programmes for school children and teachers.
Our science education programmes are deeply rooted in the belief that people are natural inquirers and that inquiry is at the heart of all learning. The work that we do with educators is designed to give them an opportunity to personally experience the process of learning science through inquiry. Teaching science using the inquiry approach is a process whereby the teacher becomes a facilitator for the student's process of discovery.
Science Action Team - A programme for upper secondary students which enhance their communication skills and build their confidence to interact and communicate acience with the general public.
Creative Science for Schools Programme - Selected primary and secondary schools may choose to participate in different modules of curruculum-related activities. All filled with lots of fun and excitement.
Teachers Fellowship Programme - A six to eight months training programme which emphasises the importance of interactive learning and provides an opportunity for teachers to experiment with, and develop creative and innovative methods of hands-on and interactive learning.
Petrosains Teachers Workshop (Hands-On, Minds-On, Hearts-On) - A one-day programme which provises creative ideas on interactive curriculum-related activities to do in the classroom.
Sahabat Petrosains - A special programme with Orang Asli children aimed at opening their minds to the fascinating science surrounding their everyday lives and enviroment.
Petrosains Camp-In Programme - A programme filled with fun interactive activities and provides the opportunity for primary and secondary students to camp-in overnight at Petrosains.
Celebration of World Days - Petrosains recognises and celebrates many World Days such as World Food Day, World Environment Day, etc. with a host of fun and interactive activities for the whole family.
PETRONAS Streetsmart is an interactive travelling exhibition, designed to promote the importance of road safety. The exhibition showcases interactive exhibits and activities to simulate real situations on the road. It aims to educate youth and children to be responsible and caring road users. At PETRONAS StreetSmart, simulated road systems and traffic situations are set up for better learning experiences as well as to deliver the message of road safety in a fun and refreshing way.
PlaySmart - Learning for Life are satellite centres that are usually set up within the vicinity of PETRONAS petrol stations and MESRA stores to offer, not only PETRONAS customers but also the surrounding communities, an opportunity to enjoy a fun and unconventional learning experience while relaxing, stopping for fuel or purchasing items at the store. PlaySmart features interactive exhibits and engaging activities as well as live science demonstrations. Currently, PlatSmart is located at PETRONAS Quay, Telaga Harbour, Langkawi; Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE); and Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam, Johor.