The NSTF Science Expo 2016 was held from Wednesday, 9th March to Wednesday, 16th March 2016 at the Institute of Applied Sciences, MCAST Paola. It included an Open Weekend for the general public on Saturday, 12th March to Sunday, 13th March 2016. The Expo came to an end on Thursday, 17th March at a well-attended Awards Night at the Main Hall, MCAST, Paola.
This year’s winners were:
NSTF Science Photo Contest
1st Place – Yacopo Luigi Baldacchino with his photo ‘Scattering of light’ (sponsored by the European Commission)
NSTF Science Art Contest
One prize is given for the best artwork made by a young student of each school. The Prizes were sponsored in collaboration with HSBC.
St Monica School Mila Grima
St.Paul's Missionary College Jerome Agius
St Nicholas College Mgarr Primary Emilie Jayne
Mosta Primary A Juliana Davies Zamora
SBC Safi Primary School Jan Spiteri
SBC Ghaxaq Primary School Julia Camilleri
SBC Zurrieq Primary Daniel Mangion
STMC Marsascala Primary Yoanna Fay Cardona
St Joseph Mater Boni Consili Michaela Mifsud
St Benild School Matthias Trapani
Stella Maris College Miguel Azzopardi
St Nicholas College-Attard Primary Kelsey Azzopardi
St Francis B'Kara Samuel and Mariah Montebello
St.Venera Primary Caden Camilleri
Msida Primary Dylon Zahra
Sliema Primary Sasha Dadouch
San Gorg Preca College, Marsa Primary Keisha Bliss Camilleri
St.Benedict College Qrendi Primary Zanaya Magro
San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary A Krista Caruana
St. Augustine College - Primary Sector Kurt Polidano
Vittoriosa Primary St Margaret College Kristabel Aquilina
Kalkara Primary, St.Margaret College Shezrick Spiteri
St. Julians’ primary Tajwid Abudagel
Seminary, Rabat Primary David & Danjel Agius
Special prize by HSBC
A Special prize was given by the HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop Campaign: €100 voucher to the team with the best entry on Water Conservation to buy educational material. The school was also be awarded books. This was awarded to: Neil Bezzina & Matthias Farrugia from: St. Augustine College for their project entitled Save Every Drop.
Special prize by Middlesex University
Middlesex University acknowledges the effort and presented the prize based on innovational drive and scientifically led problem solving techniques to: Gianluca Borg from St. Augustine College for his project entitled Solar Energy.
NSTF Primary School Contest
1st Place – Sean Kenely, Jamie Cassar & Nicholas Vella from De la Salle College with their project entitled Testing how different garbage bags degrade in different environments over time (a one-day internship at the Malta National Aquarium and science kits by the European Commission/ Model Shop in Malta)
2nd Place – Maya Galea, Zita Eminyan & Martha Bonello from St. Monica Gzira with their project entitled The microwave's effect on our food (a one-day internship at the Malta National Aquarium)
Tied 3rd Place – Bettina Farrugia from St. Dorothy’s, Sliema with their project entitled Optical Illusions moving pictures and Jeremy Vella & Kieran Degabriele from Zejtun Primary B with their project entitled Electric Insect (a one-day internship at the Malta National Aquarium)
NSTF School Contest for Young Scientists
1st Place – Thomas Azzopardi, Andrea John Vella & Fredrick Vella from St. Augustine College with their project entitled Designing the Best Wing for a Model Aeroplane (Trip abroad to the MILSET Expo-Sciences). The team will be going to Brussels. The Ministry for Education & Employment are thanked for their sponsorship.
2nd Place – Gabriel Apap from St. Edwards College with his project entitled Alcohol (One week internship at the Malta National Aquarium)
3rd Place – Gianluca Borg from St. Augustine College with their project entitled Solar Energy (Science kit sponsored by the European Commission in collaboration with the Model Shop)
1st Place – from Chloe Ann Ellul, Jasmine Abela & Samuel Okoh from The National Sport School with their project entitled Moments in Physics (Science kit sponsored by the British Council & the Ministry for Education)
2nd Place – Maria-Christina Micallef, Naomi Castillo & Leanne Briffa from St Thomas More College Girls Secondary School with their project entitled Acid Rain (Science kit sponsored by the British Council & the Ministry for Education)
3rd Place – Jordan Agius, Andrew Drago & John Critien from St. Michael School with their project entitled JAJ-414 (Science kit sponsored by the British Council & the Ministry for Education)
Universe in Box Prizes:
The prizes were sponsored by the University of Leiden.
A.Given to the schools which came in joint third place of the Primary School Contest for Young Scientists.
St. Dorothy’s School, Sliema and St. Thomas More College, Zejtun School Primary B.
B. Given to schools in recognition for the largest number of projects submitted this year:
Maria Regina College, Mosta Primary B and Naxxar Primary.
Malta Student Science Forum
1st place: The team Angela Andreinski & Miguel Vella from St. Aloysius College will be participating in the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) which is a two-week experience for the young people in London where they will be able to participate in various lectures and debates organised by top-notch renowned scientists from all over the world.
2nd place: The team Lara Brockdorff & Jessica Falzon from St. Aloysius College have won a trip to the International Wildlife Research Week (IWRW) which will enable them to join young people from other countries in carrying out fieldwork research while trekking in the Swiss Alps.
NSTF would once again like to thank this year’s sponsors/ supporters/ collaborators, namely: NSTS and ISIC (Malta), Ministry for Education and Employment, Central Bank of Malta, MCAST – Institute for Applied Science, Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change, Office of the Prime Minister, HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop Campaign, Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malta National Aquarium, The Model Shop, The European Commission, Merlin Publishers & Studio Seven.
NSTF would also like to thank the science communicators who held the various interactive science sessions throughout the week: MCAST Institute of Art & Design (Dr. Mark Theuma/ Mr Kurt Catania), Sharklab, STC & Middlesex University, the Armed Forces of Malta, the Department of E-Learning (Ministry for Education), Klaus Conrad (Headstart Technology) and Reuben Ferrante (EEroots), MCAST Institutes, Anna Christodoulou, IEEE, Salome Matos, Anne Kerkoven & Catherine Meyer.