Age Suitability: All ages Dates and Times: 6pm till midnight Location: City Gate Enter a transformed Valletta, a city changed by science. As you pass it’s new majestic gate you’ll be greeted by a car perched on the entrance’s steps. The UoM racing team will exhibit the car they just drove in Parma, Italy (Riccardo Paletti Circuit […]
Age Suitability: All ages
Dates and Times: 6pm till midnight
Location: City Gate
Enter a transformed Valletta, a city changed by science. As you pass it’s new majestic gate you’ll be greeted by a car perched on the entrance’s steps. The UoM racing team will exhibit the car they just drove in Parma, Italy (Riccardo Paletti Circuit in Varano de Melegari) showing photos on a screen. Team Members are up for a chat about their experiences.
UoM racing started in 2012 as a group of University students, mostly from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy. They teamed up to design, build and race an open-wheel formula style race car from scratch. This was a daunting challenge which has kept the team busy ever since. Their efforts culminated last July when all the various parts and components were assembled together to form the finished car.
Another UoM team will be bringing Quakes and Shakes to Valletta. Earthquakes happen all the time around Malta. The stand will have info about earthquakes in general and particularly in the Mediterranean. Posters and video presentations will help the team explain the science. There will be a real seismometer connected to a monitor to demonstrate how earthquakes are recorded. Children will be encouraged to create a “mini earthquake” by jumping with all their might while looking at the shaking they create on the screen. Demonstration of other equipment will also be available.
NSTF Science introduces students from primary to tertiary level of education to a unique way of learning and understanding Science. Annually, the NSTF Science Expo, showcases students’ projects, experiments or research conducted for one of the various programmes organised by NSTF. For Science in the City, NSTF will be bringing their best experiments to City Gate. NSTF’s programmes include the NSTF School Contest for Young Scientists and NSTF Contest for Young Scientists which are two programmes that partly make up the branch of NSTF Science. For more information visit www.nstfmalta.eu
MCAST will be introducing a Wonder Emporium to Valletta. Within the emporium, the Institute of Applied Sciences will be exploring the similarities and intersections between art, entertainment and science. Filled with high-energy and fast-paced experiments, laughter, fun and audience involvement, it is guaranteed to entertain and educate the whole family. The laboratory workbench is where the entertainment will be happening. There is nothing quite like the joy of creating an eruption with household ingredients … but what if the eruption could be just as safe, only ten times larger and messier! Experiments include: exploding elephant toothpaste, helium squeaky voice experiment, sulfur hexafluoride deep voice gas and more. Finding art in unexpected places: Microscope experiments will provide the audience with a Hands-on experience wherein art will be merged with science. Microscopic images of plants, bacteria etc., will open a window into the invisible world of cells. A bench to one of the sides of the laboratory workbench, along with the other uncovered walls of the IAS MCAST Exhibit will include, among others, an exposition of student work – both posters and models. All will have the opportunity to appreciate where arts meet science.
The Circus are coming to Town with MCST’s (Malta Council of Science and Technology) area that will be full of performances, music, and fun from 6pm onwards. Malcolm Galea and Joseph Zammit will run Meet the Scientist comedy shows for kids. The show brings scientists to key historical scientists to life with interactive experiments that the audience can help out in. The shows kick off at 6.15pm – 6.30pm, 6.45pm – 7.00pm, and 7.15pm – 7.30pm.
Beatboxer Dana McKeon will run 15 min sessions to introduce the art and science of beatboxing to children and encourage them to get involved. Dana McKeon is a Maltese singer-songwriter and international beatbox pioneer, having officially represented Malta and single-handedly putting the island on the Worldwide Beatbox Map. In another two sessions, Dana will give further insight into the physiological and muscular functions used in vocal percussion. Being a physiotherapist, she’s be talking about breathing techniques and muscle isolation/coordination in an interesting, interactive and entertaining way. Introductory session: 7.30pm – 7.45pm, Beginner session: 8.00pm – 8.30pm, Advanced session: 9.30pm – 10.00pm.
Dr Ken will be presenting the Entertaining Science Circus Show. Roll up, roll up and explore the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus. Dr Ken takes you on a voyage of discovery investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts. Find out why jugglers love gravity, how clowns use science to avoid hurting themselves and why unicyclists need to keep moving to stay still. It’s science but not as you may know it!!! For more information on this international science presenter see http://bitly.com/CircusScience The show will be at 8.30pm – 9.30pm and 10.00pm – 11.00pm
As an added bonus MCST are even bringing Fonzu l-Fenek for sing alongs, experiments and kids activities. Robots will also be on display. For adults, Dr Daniel Sultana will be presenting an interesting session on water use at 11pm.
World of Coca-Cola will see a mini lab being rolled into Valletta by General Soft Drinks to show the processes involved in manufacturing a soft drink, from blow moulding to filling up the bottle. Attendees can try out their quality control tests, the science behind your soft drink. The two hands on experiments involve cutting the plastic bottle after blow moulding and testing of carbonation in a soft drink once filled.
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