New Kostanay Sci-Fi Park Shares Wonders of Physics with Children

Eureka, a new interactive sci-fi park for children with more than 60 exhibits showcasing the laws of physics, has opened in Kostanay, reported.

All items are available to touch and use for experiments and tests. According to Director of the sci-fi park Vyacheslav Timakov, the interactive area was created with the help of professors and lectors from Kostanay-based universities.

“I have two sons and I always wanted them to spend their free time by learning useful things and not just playing computer games. This idea has led me to the creation of the sci-fi park. All visitors are greeted by a guide, who then tells them about the museum’s installations, shows the principles behind them and explains the laws of physics these items are based on. A tour lasts one hour, after which every child can conduct tests on their own. The items you can see here are based mostly on aerodynamics and mechanics,” said Timakov.

He also noted that such museums have become popular around the world, and particularly in Russia, over past three years.

“Despite the fact that we are just in the beginning, we hope to enlarge our network in the future and introduce young physicist and young chemist classes soon,” said Timakov.

According to Park Administrator Serik Manasbaev, learning about science from books is useful, but boring, especially for children.

“Children usually want to do something with their own hands. Furthermore, this is one of the main principles in modern pedagogy, which is aimed at improving the interest to learn new things and better remember them,” concluded Manasbayev.

A single ticket for a child costs 700 tenge (US$2) and for an adult – 1000 tenge (US$2.9). The excursion for a group is also possible and costs 600 tenge (US$1.7).

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