Age Suitability: All ages (unless otherwise specified)
The Science Fair will be taking over Parliament Square once again this year, providing a wealth of exhibitions from vortex cannons to recycled material structures. With 12 organisations taking part and activities aimed at both the young and young at heart, there is bound to be something to entertain even the most discerning among you.
Bringing our theme of Futures to the forefront, a collaboration between MCST/Esplora and a number of other partners will uncover the importance of our actions today and their impact on the environment tomorrow. With an event titled Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, the team will be showing us how we can implement the 3Rs in a variety of ways, to do our bit for the environment. Learn why you might start seeing more gardens on Maltese roofs, how to produce your own food using hydroponics and challenge the whole family to a race to build a structure using nothing but recycled materials. This exhibition guarantees to have something to please every member of the family.
The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) are new to the Science Fair this year, and bringing with them their Air Monitoring Station. Understand the importance of protecting the quality of our air from excess pollutants. Find out what is going on in real time with their Air Monitor, what contributes to the pollution and what you can do to make a change and protect our environment.
To carry on this theme, join the students of St Augustine College Ecology group as they demonstrate their interactive activities on waste management. These exhibitions and activities were entered into the Young Reporters for the College competition and received high acclaim. Come and meet these ecologists of the future, have a go at their hands-on activities and games and learn what is concerning the next generation and what we can all do to make a difference.
To continue inspiring the next generation of scientists, Transport Malta will be back this year with the aim to convince both young and old to get behind the wheel and drive forward into the ecological age. Learn about how STEAM subjects are essential in the running of our transport system, and join them in a series of hands on games and activities to encourage the aspiring scientists of tomorrow, today.
From the roads to the depths of the sea, AquaBio Tech’s debut at Science in the City will allow you to get up close and personal with a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and learn how they are changing the way we explore the deep. AquaBio Tech will be demonstrating how their latest EU projects are helping protect marine environment and explore the wealth of undocumented marine archaeology, both in Malta and further afield.
Demonstrating the importance of fluid mechanics both in and outside the sea, is Dr Anthony Galea of UM’s Physical Oceanography Research group. Drop by his stand to understand how fluid mechanics impact all areas of your life, from brewing your cup of tea to taking off in an aeroplane. Try out some seemingly gravity-defying liquids, and get the low down on some non-Newtonian fluids which definitely defy the rules where fluids are concerned. Watch out for the vortex cannon which will really blow you away and show you just how relevant fluid mechanics is to our everyday lives.
Meet more researchers from the University of Malta, this time from MACCE, crystallographers who want to prove that crystals are so much more important that we think. Crystallography is the science that examines crystals, which can be found everywhere in nature—from salt to snowflakes to gemstones. Join the team in experiments such as growing crystals, transforming the properties of tin with the help of some cool liquid nitrogen and meet the newest materials being studied right here in Malta: covalent organic frameworks.
Joining these University of Malta stands to showcase their work at Parliament Square are UM’s Motor Neuron Disease lab. You might not immediately think you’re that related to a humble fruit fly, however this lab want to convince you that by sharing 70% of our genes with fruit flies, we’re not actually that different. The group use fruit flies as a model for studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a devastating disease which results in a gradual loss of motor function throughout the body. Be sure to pay them a visit at the Science Fair to get a very close look at these flies under the microscope, and see if you can spot the difference between them.
University of Malta’s Faculty of Engineering will be joining us this year along with a number of hands on gadgets for you to try. Build your own electric circuit, and learn what the engineers of tomorrow are working on right here in Malta.
Back by popular demand this year are Headstart Ltd, the company behind initiatives such as EasyPeasy coding and TeenTronik. Education technology is a growing field here in Malta, where the importance of gaming in learning is being explored to its full potential. Headstart will be at the Science Fair demonstrating these two projects aimed at connecting teachers and parents with children to help improve computer based learning. Stop by to have a go at coding, it’s not as daunting you may think!
In this digital age, you can be forgiven for thinking that reading a bedtime story is a thing of the past. Professor Charles Mifsud at the Centre for Literacy begs to differ. He will be bringing a Reading Corner to the Science Fair to show you otherwise. Development of story apps means that digital reading is taking families by storm. Aimed at children under 5 years of age and their reading “buddy”. The Reading Corner will provide an opportunity to be part of this ongoing research into the use of children’s digital stories. The idea is to read a story with your child, then build the ending with the use of creative props such as art materials and puppets.
Spilling out of the Square and onto Ordinance Street are the students and researchers from MCAST and Institute of Applied Sciences society (IASSO). Find the best of the work produced at MCAST this year, with exhibitions from the electrical engineering and electronic faculties. Wonder at the fusion of science and the arts as the Creative Arts students showcase this year’s winning pieces. An event not to be missed, displaying more of our talent for the future.