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Subject KIST Participates in the Opening of Sangwolgok’s Science Station (2017.03.03)
Date 2017-03-03 Read 1085
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KIST Participates in the Opening of Sangwolgok’s Science Station
- The world’s first subway science hall

 


On March 3, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) took part in the opening ceremony for the “Science Station,” an underground science hall located within the Sangwolgok subway station. Also at the ceremony were 50 important figures and guests, many of whom represented organizations that participated in the Science Station project: the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity; Seoul Metropolitan City, Seongbuk District; and Seoul Metro.


The goal of the Science Station is to utilize a highly visible public area in order to promote scientific interest and information in an interesting, unobtrusive way. The six participating organizations first signed an agreement in December 2015, and last month saw joint construction on a lecture hall, a bio living lab, and an exhibition space―all intended for scientific popularization and education among the general public.


The opening ceremony featured a video presentation titled “Sneak Preview of the Science Station,” which gave the audience a taste of what the exhibition had in store, including glimpses of the multi-venue displays in Sangwolgok Station’s story zone (platforms), lecture zone (lecture hall), and scientist zone (basement exhibition area). Once the ceremony was concluded, the Science Station immediately went fully operational by conducting an educational program for infants that combines science with fairytales.


KIST President Lee Byung Gwon said, “The Science Station provides added-value to the subway station by serving as a place where people can lean about science and technology, and where we can plant a seed to help future generations grow into scientists. KIST will spare no effort in making the Science Station a scientific and cultural experience that will greatly vitalize the local community.”

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