Try out VR and augmented reality at KidZania KL

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At the launch of Kidz & Tech 2.0: The Future Rebooted (from left): Patrick Lim (Canon Marketing Malaysia's head of Corporate Communication); Nathalie Seroux (Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur's head of department, Marketing & Corporate Communication); Beverly Tiew (U Mobile's senior manager, Loyalty & Retention); Datin Shireen Tan (VR Lab's CEO); and Shahrul Nizar Ahmad (KidZania Kuala Lumpur's mayor) with KidZania RighZKeeper Urbano.

CHILDREN get to try out virtual reality and augmented reality apps at KidZania Kuala Lumpur for the next month or so.

At the launch of Kidz & Tech 2.0: The Future Rebooted last week, Shahrul Nizar Ahmad, mayor of KidZania Kuala Lumpur, said, “At KidZania Kuala Lumpur we see technology as an important educational tool. This is the premise behind Kidz & Tech 2.0: The Future Rebooted. Technology gives us the whole world at our fingertips, and we want the children to have a proper channel and proper familiarity with technology by introducing positive and interesting ways in which they can be used for living and learning.

“We launched Kidz & Tech last year and I’m happy to share with you that the support and participation that we saw last year was very encouraging. Hence, we have the Kidz & Tech 2.0 where the tag is The Future Rebooted. We wanted to have a more interactive and hands-on experience for the kids to understand that technology has a lot of other elements that have benefits, and for them to understand through our industry partners that technology exists in every industry, every job that they might be interested in at a tender age.”

He explained the need to teach children to use new technologies because their jobs in the future will include many different types of technology. It is indeed a changing world, where children dream of growing up to become YouTubers!

For Kidz & Tech 2.0, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is partnering with VR Lab, U Mobile, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Canon Marketing Malaysia.

From May 16-June 24, 2017, visitors to the jobs-based indoor theme park can try out:

Virtual Reality with VR Lab: Using specially-designed goggles, children can immerse themselves in a computer-generated environment.

360-degree Photo-Taking with U Mobile: They just have to stand in one position and turn a full 360-degrees circle to take a photo, which will be shared on KidZania Kuala Lumpur’s Facebook page.

Augmented Reality Colouring: Children can see their coloured drawing come to life via a smartphone or tablet app.

Coding: Children will be guided to build their own Star Wars galaxy with code and to design their own game in just 30 minutes.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur.