TDF MagnifiScience Centre
Following the success of its initiatives aimed at furthering science literacy, The Dawood Foundation (TDF) has established MagnifiScience Centre (MSC)—Pakistan’s first contemporary and interactive science centre designed to provide hands-on learning experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds. The centre functions as an inclusive science hub, offering edutainment, igniting interest in science, and empowering people through better understanding of scientific principles and thinking. MSC’s safe learning space allows all visitors to explore and engage with science in an informal and enjoyable way, while facilitating development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Located in the financial hub of the country, the MagnifiScience Centre is spread over four floors, showcasing distinct scientific themes and concepts. The centre also features a science garden with a playground that encourages children to play in the open and harness their fine motor skills. This space is also a zone of discovery and learning, providing information on the indigenous flora and fauna.
A wetland mangrove ecosystem installed in the central atrium of the centre, providing visitors with an opportunity to understand the economic importance of mangroves, and the food chain that exists within its thick undergrowth. The specially curated and designed infrastructure of MSC hosts permanent and temporary interactive science exhibits, exhibitions, shows, and educational programmes. A significant number of topics covered in MSC are aligned with the local school curricula, making science relevant to everyday life and applicable to real-life problems. The MagnifiScience Centre also promotes indigenous science and technology by showcasing uniquely Pakistani exhibits that reflect the scientific approaches adopted by local communities.
MSC is a Pre-Engineered Building (PEB) covering an area of approximately 79,568 square feet. It has been designed by Madiha Ghani, Principal Architect at Shahab Ghani and Associates. With a view to minimize environmental impact, solar panels with a generation capacity of 116 KW solar power, as well as a rain and wastewater recycling system have been installed in the building.