Age Suitability: All ages (unless otherwise specified)
The yearly Science Fair is yet again taking over Parliament Square. There will be exciting, interactive exhibitions from a live orchestra that can make water dance, how to survive an earthquake, to underwater rovers and a self-driving wheelchair. With 15 organisations taking part and activities aimed at both the young and young at heart, there is bound to be something to entertain everyone.
Take a look at what some of our stands have in store!
In line with our theme ‘Science is Culture’, students of St Augustine College Ecology Group will be looking at sustainability in the Maltese islands. Through hand-on activities and exhibitions exploring aspects such as household waste, local plants, responsible food choices, pesticides in our fruit and vegetables as well as the environmental impact of Malta’s many village festas. Come and meet these ecologists of the future, have a go at their activities and games and learn what we can all do to live in a more sustainable environment.
Visit the Institute of Earth Systems stand for ‘Let’s get Local’ to explore the science of food. Appreciate local produce through your senses in their fun activities and learn how science helps to provide these delicious foods tantalising our taste buds every day!
ACT- Malta will be showing off everything water related with an experiments on soil retention and water purification, as well as an aquaponics system which you too, can have at home! How could a home aquarium contribute to plant growth? What could we do to stop soil from running off after a thunderstorm? These questions and much more can be answered at this stand!
GSD will be at the Science Fair, exhibiting Alteraqua which is a non-conventional water harvesting program that is sponsored by the Coca-Cola foundation here in Malta. Through an interactive game, learn about its different applications ranging from traditional rain water harvesting, with new applications; Grey Water applications and Stormwater management.
Out of our homes and villages and onto our busy roads, Transport Malta will show us how transport influences ways of life, lifestyle and the mobility of society in general. What’s more they will have information on how transport can be a gateway to many science careers. So get yourself along to their stand to see practical examples of how culture, transport and science go hand in hand.
New car sharing start-up GoTo, will also be at the Science Fair. Imagine not owning a car but having access to hundreds of vehicles 24/7? Technology makes car-sharing like this possible, and the team will demonstrate the technology solutions that allow for seamless user experience. Learn how GoTo is using technology to enable vehicles to be picked up and dropped off at any designated parking space around Malta and Gozo.
The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) will be talking about sea litter around the islands. They will be using interactive activities around the effects of plastic litter in our oceans and how we can reduce the problem by making the right choices when buying, using, or disposing of plastic.
From on land to under the sea, Aqua Biotech will take us on a journey to uncover the debris in our seas. Get up close and personal to their Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to learn how they can be used for marine litter surveys. Enhance your experience through interactive sampling methods and video footage.
The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, through its Institute of Applied Sciences, will host various science demos and experiments, as well as display their state-of-the-art science tools and applications.
Joining us for the first time this year will be staff and students from the Junior College science departments.
Church bells ringing during a feast. Car brakes squeaking. An orchestra playing a musical. A wine glass dropped on the ground.….What is common in all of these? Come and learn the answer and watch some interesting demonstrations about sound as well as listen to live musical themes taken from science-themed films, at the Junior College Physics Department stand. They will have lots of hands on experiments for all ages: from setting up your own musical instrument to play, to making water dance, how to blow out a tea candle without blowing, and much, much more….
For the biologist in you, visit the Junior College Biology Department to learn about edible plants. The staff and students will be giving out recipes to make your own jam and other delicious products using the Prickly Pear plant. As well as this they will have some hands on activities based on matching a smell to a specific herb, and a plant drawing game for children.
Come and get messy with the Junior College Chemistry department at their stand ‘Time for Slime’. Explore the chemistry of non-Newtonian fluids including PVA slime, magnetic slime(!) and silly putty. Gather around and learn how to make your own non-Newtonian fluids and have fun playing with these interesting materials.
The Department of Systems and Control Engineering together with the Centre for Biomedical Cybernetics from the University of Malta will explain the science behind the technology we use and how it can benefit the society we live in. There will be interactive demos of a smart wheelchair, the use of brain signals and eye movements for human computer interface systems, as well as thermal imaging for the diagnosis of diabetes. Visitors can learn how signal processing is used to determine how a piece of music will sound if the music expressions are changed, as well as see how impressive infrared technology can be used to determine original paintings hidden under art pieces drawn on canvasses. Last but not least, children can also test their programming skills to control robots and see how different sensors can be used for such control. Visit their stand and try all of them out yourself!
The University of Malta’s Department of Mathematics will be challenging your mind and show you a glimpse of the beauty of maths. Get involved with mathematical games which are fun to play but have some interesting and important mathematics behind them. All can join in! The researchers will be on hand with solutions and to discuss other interesting mathematics. Math isn’t just for academics or university students – it’s for everyone. We’re willing to bet you leave with a new love of numbers after this stand!
Natural disasters are something we all hope don’t cause catastrophic effects on our culture and environment. Meet the researchers who are working hard to ensure we are well-equipped and can stay safe if one were to happen. Quakes and Shakes also from the University of Malta are going to be using interactive exhibitions to talk about a host of natural disasters from how a Tsunami works to how to survive an earthquake!
Another important aspect of our culture is our wildlife (and creepy crawlies!). Malta’s Entomological Society will be exhibiting some native insects found on the Maltese islands and Mediterranean basin. Come and see their beautiful butterflies, moths and other large insects. Did you know that beetles have a very specific bio-geographical pattern across Malta? Visit the researchers to find out all about it!