The long awaited Regional Science Park in the city would be opened for science enthusiasts very soon as all the construction are completed.
We are just waiting for a convenient date for Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to launch the park,'' said P Iyamperumal, executive director of Tamil Nadu Council for Science and Technology.
The Rs 8.5 crore park is spread across 6.71 acres near Codissia Trade Fair Complex on Avinashi Road. The National Council of Science Museum and Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre have collaborated in setting up the park on a cost-sharing basis by the state and Centre. Initially, the park was scheduled for inauguration in May this year but was delayed due to construction related issues and problems in sourcing of objects to be displayed.
Iyamperumal said the park will have a special textile gallery to expose children to textile technology, considering the rich textile tradition of Coimbatore and the rest of Western Tamil Nadu. The 5000 sq ft textile gallery will have exhibits pertaining to the textile industry's evolution from conventional to modern technology. The Fun Science Gallery will have exhibits to impart knowledge on basic science. Swings have been installed across the premises. The gallery will display construction models of common consumer items including TVs, fridges and air conditioners to enable children understand the principles behind their functioning.
A giant size globe measuring 3m in diameter has been set up using anamorphic drawings to help children see the image of Sir CV Raman from a distance. A 3D theatre on campus will accommodate 70 persons and facilitate learning through an infotainment module. The theatre will also be used to conduct lectures on science. The park is designed to allow children to participate in the learning process.
To provide a green ambience, the forest department has started planting saplings of various species in the park. More than 200 varieties of saplings have already been planted.
"The park offers a unique, fun-filled learning experience not only for children but for adults too," said Iyamperumal.