Type of event: Experiment, Exhibition, Chats
Age Suitability: All Ages
Dates and Times: 6:00pm-12:00am
Location: (1B) Triton fountain
Did you know that 71% of earth’s surface is water? There is so much to be learnt about the fascinating marine environments that dominate our planet, and Making Waves at Triton fountain is the place to do it.
The Physical Oceanography Research Group can show you the secrets of the waters around our beautiful island. Data is the new gold but to extract it, visualise it and analyse it, we need new techniques and algorithms. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, come see how SAT-FIRE explains the complexity of deciphering coastal images through a digital game created just for the festival.
AquaBioTech Group representatives will be there to inspire young scientific minds and connect with the public, showing how all aspects of marine health and environment work alongside our daily life, to shape Malta’s identity. They will encourage children and adults to use their imaginations and consider the concepts of marine surveying and the marine environment. While raising awareness of the importance of marine research and litter, showcasing the applications of marine science, such as the AIRCOAT project. You can also try your hand at identifying some mysterious marine creatures. Hope they don’t bite.
Next, reach back and touch history — and we do mean getting your hands dirty — with our archaeologists from CASA. You’ll be able to hold history in your hands, washing pottery from excavation sites in Malta such as Tas-Silg. The Department of Classics and Archaeology will also be there with a stack of lego for the young at heart. See if you can you rebuild part of the building which once stood at Tas-Silg using only aerial photos as your guide — not an easy feat.
If sharks are your thing, be sure to stop by at the Sharklab stand, where you can join an interactive presentation all about sharks and their relatives. You’ll find out about the species which live in our local waters, as well as the wider variety of beautiful and unique sharks which call the blue waters of our planet home.
For an issue even closer to home, stop by at the We Are Water (WAW) stand by Water Services Cooperation, to test the tap water of Malta’s future. The more people choose to drink the tap water in Malta, the more we can slow the growing tide of plastic waste. Here you can find out all about the new technologies that will make this goal possible and help YOU use water more sustainably.
You can also stop by to talk to the Department of Geosciences, who will be available to share their knowledge about the science of the world around us. This year, you can test what’s in the very air you breathe with a specialised take-home experiment kit. How cool is that?