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Feature: Storm Pepeng stops "Science on the Move"

Tagbilaran City (2 October) -- "Science on the Move" has to stop.

The interactive hip science exhibit refused to open at the Block of the Island City Mall Friday October 2, 2009 while super-typhoon Pepeng continues to move west-northwest heading towards Luzon.

Science on the Move, a mobile component of the fascinating Philippine Science Centrum in Manila is now mounted at the conspicuous "the Block" at the ICM Parking lot and continues to be available for Boholanos since September 1 until October 10.

The traveling science center features interactive hands-on exhibits to help learners get a good grasp at science and technology concepts in interesting, entertaining and dynamic teaching process, states the brochure available to viewers.

Fast becoming an annual hit to students and teachers, the exhibit now has filled bookings allowing guided tours at 250 student learners per hour at most.

Set in the Block, an air-filled tarpaulin structure occupying the most of the ICM parking lot, the venue, which is only anchored by tether cords may not withstand sudden gusts of wind.

With the impending after-effects of a super-typhoon packing some 185 kilometer per hour winds near its center and gustiness of 230 kilometers per hour, local exhibit organizers decided to momentarily close.

In a text message advisory to prescheduled group tour organizers for the day, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provincial information officer Vina Antopina said "we do not take chances with the safety of our viewers."

Considering the vulnerability of the venue to strong winds, based on gathered satellite images, we might be hit by strong tailwinds, DOST through Antopina advised.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, and added, this is beyond our control.

To their pre-booked tour groups for the day, DOST assured they are trying to set another date for all of Friday's bookings so everybody could be accommodated. (PIA) [top]

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