The NSTF Science Days in Gozo 2016 were launched on Monday, 22nd February 2016 and will this year be taking place once again from Tuesday, 1st March to Thursday, 3rd March at the Gozo College Boys's Secondary School, Victoria, Gozo.
The Official opening will be taking place on Tuesday, 1st March at 8.30 a.m. in the school foyer, whereas the Awards Night to which all participants are invited will be taking place in the Auditorium on Thursday, 3rd March at 6.30 p.m.
Besides the student exhibitions which are the focus on the NSTF Science Days in Gozo, this year's third edition will also feature a number of local/ international science communicators delivering interactive sessions, namely:
1. SHARK LAB - Discovering Sharks - Everyday
The workshops will be based around "Discovering Sharks" and will explore these amazing and often misunderstood animals. We will explore the sensory systems and range of senses sharks have evolved since they first appeared in the waters of the place we call the blue planet.
2. CATHERINE MEYER - Little Scientists' Workshop - Everyday
This workshop will include plenty of activities for young students related to the Science Days’ projects and various other scientific phenomena.
3. STC & MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY - Everyday
The workshops and demonstrations will emphasise the use of robots in everyday life and the evolution of robotic technology and intelligence along the years. Students will be given the opportunity to learn how to program NXT robots, they will be presented with a robotics challenge, where they need to put what they have just learnt to practice, and students will be able to see more advanced robotics in action, a brief explanation will be given by a Middlesex academic.
4. DAVID M. FENECH - Betting & Probability - Tuesday
The workshop is going to be about investigating betting. The students will be investigating whether it is worth it to bett in sport or not. This will be done by investigating probability.
5. DEPARTMENT OF E-LEARNING (MINISTRY OF EDUCATION) - Lego We Do Robotics - Everyday
Lego We Do Robotics Construction Sets introduces learners to robotics. Learners are familiarised with the different construction sets and are made aware of the different parts found in the construction sets and the procedure they are going to follow to construct their model in pairs. The idea underpinning this procedure is to give learners an overview what motors and sensors can do in different learning situations. Learners are also familiarised with the software to program the model.
6. MCAST, GOZO - Various Workshops - Every day
- Floppy music: What could possibly old floppy drives, power supplies and an Arduino microprocessor give you? Music! In this project, we are using old floppy drives as our musical devices.
- Raspberry Pi Home Automation: A Raspberry Pi will be used to remotely control basic home functions. A web page, running on this embedded type of computer, will allow the user to turn on and off home lights and other devices!
- The Electronics Design Process: Samples and demonstrations of the electronics design process will be presented.
- Controlling a motor: Students will be able to see how a motor is controlled by the use of contactors. The student can wire simple switching methods and view the various types of switching contacts.
7. CELL EXPLORERS - The Respiratory System - Every day
The children will learn about the anatomy of the respiratory system – they will learn the name and function of the respiratory organs and play a group game to reinforce this learning. Children will also learn about the mechanics of breathing through building a simple lung model. Furthermore, the concept of lung capacity will be discussed.
Thanks goes to our main sponsor, the Ministry for Gozo, and other supporters: Gozo College, Downtown Hotel, HSBC, the Malta National Aquarium, McDonalds, Hotel Calypso and Maldonado Bistro.