Public Awareness of Science (PAS) is a less pronounced issue in Indonesia, compared to other things which caused a direct impact to public, such as poverty issues, political stability, or security issues. Meanwhile, the society transformation e.g. from traditional culture, where has a tendency to interpret the natural phenomena in superstitious way (based on a mysticism) rather than in a rational way (based on science), is just in early stage compare to that in the developed countries. In such condition, it is an important issue to enhance the public awareness of science in an innovative way to support or back up the national plan in leveling up the education level and at the same time contribute in stimulating the people to catch up with the science and technology manner society.

We pay special attention to a science communication for the kids, in other word exposing a “public awareness of science” in the early age, since the kids are leaders in the futures. Starting from year 2001, we set up a center for fun science learning, with focused in children and family. We developed science pre-school and kindergarten, workshop, outreach program for school, birthday party, and special event. We combined science activities with outdoor adventures and using popular kids themes; such as wizard, spider, beyblade; to increase children enjoyment.

In collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, we set up Indonesian Science Festival since year 2003, consisted of fun interactive science exhibition (participated by schools), science show and parody, fun science project competition for students, innovative science teaching competition for teachers, science camp and tour, and teachers’ enhancement workshop. Ever since it is started, more than 500 students and teachers across the country participated in the competition, and more than 5000 visitors come to the festival.

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Developing public awareness of science in Indonesia

Dyah Ratna Permatasari   DoctoRabbit, Fun Learning through Experiments, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Public Awareness of Science (PAS) is a less pronounced issue in Indonesia, compared to other things which caused a direct impact to public, such as poverty issues, political stability, or security issues. Meanwhile, the society transformation e.g. from traditional culture, where has a tendency to interpret the natural phenomena in superstitious way (based on a mysticism) rather than in a rational way (based on science), is just in early stage compare to that in the developed countries. In such condition, it is an important issue to enhance the public awareness of science in an innovative way to support or back up the national plan in leveling up the education level and at the same time contribute in stimulating the people to catch up with the science and technology manner society.

We pay special attention to a science communication for the kids, in other word exposing a “public awareness of science” in the early age, since the kids are leaders in the futures. Starting from year 2001, we set up a center for fun science learning, with focused in children and family. We developed science pre-school and kindergarten, workshop, outreach program for school, birthday party, and special event. We combined science activities with outdoor adventures and using popular kids themes; such as wizard, spider, beyblade; to increase children enjoyment.

In collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, we set up Indonesian Science Festival since year 2003, consisted of fun interactive science exhibition (participated by schools), science show and parody, fun science project competition for students, innovative science teaching competition for teachers, science camp and tour, and teachers’ enhancement workshop. Ever since it is started, more than 500 students and teachers across the country participated in the competition, and more than 5000 visitors come to the festival.

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