Centre Point celebrated its 28th anniversary by exploring a whole galaxy of fun, innovative, and space-themed games and activities.
by Emily Mary Chin, Carrybeans
Centre Point Sabah Shopping Mall stands tall as one of KK’s oldest surviving shopping malls. Since its inception, it has become a city landmark due to its accessibility and centralised location. You would be hard-pressed to find a born-and-bred KK resident unfamiliar with Centre Point.
Last weekend marked the 28th year since it first opened its doors to the public in 1990. Celebrations took place at Palm Square, on the mall’s fourth floor, with organisers commemorating the occasion with a galaxy theme. Guests were treated to a presentation of this year’s Miss CP Ambassador finalists as well as a dance performance by the FLX Crew.
Contributors of the Space X-Ploration Exhibition together with special guests, Mr Edward Chang and YB Jennifer Lasimbang (pictured centre)
In attendance were assistant Minister of Education and Innovation, YB Jennifer Lasimbang, director of Research and Innovation (DBKK), Mr Benedick Oliver Lidadun, and General Manager of Pan-Pacific Constructions Holding Sdn Bhd, Mr Edward Chang.
The highlight of the day was their Space X-Ploration Exhibition with games, workshops and competitions helmed by Petrosains Playsmart Kota Kinabalu, Kinabalu Coders, Ministry of Education and Innovation, Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Stargazer, and Sabah Dronology Club.
3D print models made on ground at the Centre Point anniversary celebrations
The exhibition featured a wide array of interactive games and activities. Kinabalu Coders, for instance, had a booth for playing old, 8-bit video games. They also had a virtual reality (VR) booth where people could experience VR technology for themselves.
Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, on the other hand, sent their own students as representatives, who took the opportunity to showcase all that they’ve learned in their courses so far. They used their knowledge in coding and engineering to construct a lively display of robots. There were robots programmed to fight as well as ones programmed to travel on their own.
Representatives from Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu with their self-made robots
Other booths showcased a variety of displays and activities related to science, astronomy, coding, 3D printing, and more!
Kinabalu Coders also hosted the RERO Robot Competition for kids aged 9 to 12 years old. Contestants first had to take part in their robot making workshop before gaining entry to the competition. This exposed the kids to the current capabilities of science and technology today, as well as gave them a hands-on look at what the field of robotics has to offer.
Contestants trying their hands at robot making at the RERO Robot Competition
The ‘Space Odyssey’ theme proved itself well-chosen, bringing life and colour to the celebrations. But with this, Centre Point management also hopes to encourage more young Sabahans to venture into a field of science and technology.
If I can inspire just one little girl today to become a scientist, I will consider myself very successful.
– YB Jennifer Lasimbang, Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation
‘Space Odyssey’ may seem like just a cute idea but its value goes much deeper than that. With science and technology expanding as it has at such progressively rapid speeds, the job market landscape is quickly shifting along with it. The future is science and the youth of today will one day have to spearhead that.
Events like this are just the beginning, an opportunity for our next generation to get a small taste of what the future has in store. And if we continue to encourage it, what a bright future that could be.
Annual Street Dance Competition 2018 will be happening on 25 and 26 August
Grand finals for Miss CP Ambassador Beauty Pageant Competition will be happening on 31 August