The demise of Australian wildlife expert, conservationist and world-renowned TV personality nicknamed ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin in 2006 brought the whole world into a sudden stop. He is best remembered in the Animal Planet show ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ which Steve co-hosted with his lovely wife Terri.
Following in his footsteps as wildlife experts and TV hosts are his kids Bindi and Robert. Bindi Sue who already starred in her very own 26-part wildlife documentary for kids called ‘Bindi The jungle Girl’ way back in 2007 and 2008. She’s now 16. While 10-year old Robert Clarence is currently the host of Discovery Kids’ WILD BUT TRUE together with Japanese-Aussie child actress Isabel ‘Izzy’ Yamazaki. The show will premiere on December 2 and every Tuesday at 5:00pm with an encore every Saturday 9:30am and 1:30pm.
I got a chance to meet with Robert, Bindi and their mother Terri at a special Wild But True preview event last Monday (November 10) held at the new Exploreum inside the SM Mall of Asia. For those who didn’t know yet, the Exploreum was formerly known as the SM Science Center.
Media friends and selected kids with their families got a chance to meet and greet the Irwins as they formally introduce what the Wild But True show is all about. Here’s Terri, Bindi and Robert:
Robert explained that Wild But True explores how biomimicry – the imitation and application of nature’s systems, models, designs, or elements – has paved the way for technology and inspired many modern-day inventions. Here are some of the cool examples that Robert showed us during the preview:
- Did you know that hydrophobic coating technology or waterproofing was made possible through the study of a butterfly’s wings?
- Did you know that the pumping motion of Jellyfishes has inspired scientists to grow muscle cells that could eventually help people with heart problems?
- Did you know that since GPS doesn’t work indoors, researchers have developed a new mobile app to help navigate people without the aid of GPS inspired by sea turtles who possessed a rare magnetite cell in their noses that they use to navigate using the earth’s magnetic fields?
- Did you know that the new design for a more maneuverable deep-diving submersible borrows a trick used by Falcons using their aerofoils to help create a negative lift which helps them fly down rather than up?
- Did you know that Kangaroos help create the idea of using a more energy efficient spring action in modern off-roaders?
Just some of the biomimicry facts that the youngest Irwin presented during the event. He even performed three experiments for us that shows how jet propolsion, waterproofing and color subtraction can be explained using everyday materials and its importance in our daily life. An awesome glimpse of what to expect when Wild But True airs this December.
Aside from hosting, Robert also co-created a book series called ‘Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter.’
Robert and his family is currently on tour around southeast asia to promote Wild But True, prior to their visit in the Philippines they’ve been to Singapore and Indonesia.
After our brief meet-up with Robert, Bindi and Terri and since it’s my first time inside the all new Exploreum, I quickly grabbed the chance to ‘explore’ all the wonderful galleries inside the two-floor facility. I must admit that the set up is similar to BGC’s Mind Museum only its a bit smaller.
According to the brochure, the Exploreum is a total immersion experience that will stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning. It is a family-centered brand that believes in parent-children bonding activities that engage and mould curious minds through edutainment.
The fully rebranded SM Science Center offers 118 child-friendly all-new interactive exhibits and over 100 interesting nuggets of information situated in ten major interactive galleries namely the Natural World, Human Adventure, Zoom, Connect, Cyberville, Space Camp, the Living Earth, the Planetarium, the Discovery Room and Science Park.
One of the Exploreum’s proudest features is the “Science on a Sphere” or SOS – a room-sized digital globe that projects dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet onto a six-foot diameter sphere. Developed by the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages, SOS features animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes.
The Planetarium is the Philippines only full dome theatre boasting of its 180-degree digital screen and advanced audio-visual system. With the Digi-star 5, the world’s best-selling operating system and the latest installment for full dome theatres, the 158-seater Planetarium promises a photo-realistic experience through its clear-cut projections and remarkable surround sound that will make guests feel as if the cosmos are just within reach. The Planetarium offers various shows such as the Journey to the Stars, We are Astronomers, Timespace, The Zula Patrol, Down to Earth, and One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.
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