The First Ever Science Centre in Penang
About Tech Dome Penang
Tech Dome Penang is a not-for-profit science discovery centre by the Penang State Government to create a hub for technology learning and the exchange of ideas. It is a vehicle for improving scientific literacy and technology ability in Malaysia.
Located at the geodesic dome of KOMTAR just adjacent to the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang, visitors will discover an exciting world of science and technology. Through the exploration of our world-class exhibits in each of its galleries, visitors will learn important science concepts and have fun in the process. Specially designed programs are conducted for schools, colleges and families to cultivate the spirit of inquiry and to teach the skills required to thrive in a high-tech and knowledge-based future.
- To inspire children and students to become future technologists and nurture the interest to use and invent technology.
- To cultivate the spirit of inquiry and nurture the passion to thrive in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
- To showcase the progress of the world’s technology and innovation.
- To promote the convergence of technology, industry and people.
Why do we need Tech Dome Penang?
We believe that learning is a lifelong journey of discovery and is not just limited to school lessons. Families, young adults and entrepreneurs are always looking for new, stimulating and meaningful ways to spend their time. By creating Tech Dome Penang, we will offer visitors a fun-filled learning experience and a place to share ideas and find inspiration.
For Penang and Malaysia to remain competitive in the global economy, we must continue to nurture and develop our ability to use and even invent technology. However, the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) showed that the standard of mathematics and science among Malaysian students have been dropping since 2003, and compared to all other countries, Malaysia is the country with the biggest and most drastic drop in scores from 1999 to 2011.
According to the Ministry of Education, fewer and fewer students are taking up science at the STPM level. This shows that fewer students are interested in participating in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Tech Dome Penang aims to reverse this trend and will strive to cultivate curiosity and nurture the passion to thrive in these fields.
Penang STEM 4.0 was officially launched by the then Penang Chief Minister (now Finance Minister), The right Honourable Lim Guan Eng in July 2017 to bring together the various independent STEM learning organisations in a coordinated way to jointly create a synergistic ecosystem in Penang.