2nd edition of NSTF Science Days in Gozo gets off to a great start
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The second edition of the NSTF Science Days in Gozo, was officially opened today at the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary School, Victoria by Mr. Francis Stivala, the Secretary-General of the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF), Mr. Victor Galea, Gozo College Principal, and Dr. Frank Abela, Headmaster at the Gozo College Boy’s Secondary School.
The Students were all given great encouragement to make the most of the experience that brings them closer to science, and to come to love the subject.
Over 250 primary school students are this year participating in the NSTF Primary School Contest for Young Scientists and the NSTF Science Art Contest. 11 teams from secondary and post-secondary schools in Gozo are participating in the NSTF School Contest for Young Scientists and the NSTF Contest for Young Scientists. Around 80 students are also participated in the NSTF Science Photo Contest.
Various interactive sessions with local and international science communicators are taking place. The ‘Fantastic DNA’ session is being conducted by CELL Explorers from the School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, who show children how to extract DNA from bananas. E-learning teachers are conducting sessions titled ‘Fun with Coding’ which open the window to the world of computer science.
Salome Matos, PhD Student, University of Edinburgh MILSET, explores astronomy through crafts during her session ‘Ask an Astronomer’. Shark Lab, who are also present in this year’s second edition of the NSTF Science Days in Gozo, help students familiarise themselves with underwater life through their fascinating session ‘Shark Bites.’
MCAST (Gozo) students on their part prepared different hands-on exhibitions for students visiting the NSTF Science Days in Gozo.
The NSTF Science Days in Gozo will come to an end this Wednesday during the Awards Night. Students participating in the NSTF Science Days in Gozo, as well as their parents and teachers are all invited to come to the Gozo College Boys’s Secondary on the day at 6.00pm.
NSTF gave thanks to its supporters for making this second edition of the NSTF Science Days in Gozo possible namely, the Ministry for Gozo, the Gozo College and the Gozo College Boy’s Secondary, ISIC Malta, local councils, Downtown Hotel, El Dorado, Fujifilm, Hotel Calypso, IMS Limited, the Malta National Aquarium, Merlin Publishers, Mo’s (Rabat), Pebbles Restaurant, Photocity, Studio Seven and Word for Word.
NSTF also thanked Salome Matos, Cell Explorers, MCAST (Gozo), E-learning and Shark Lab who are conducting the various sessions with the students.
Photograph; MGOZ/George Scerri