NSTF Science Days in Gozo comes to an end with the Awards Night
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The second edition of the NSTF Science Days in Gozo proved to be another success. Over 800 students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in this unique science outreach campaign.
With exhibitions of the students’ science projects, interactive sessions with both local and foreign science communicators and hands-on experiments, the NSTF Science Days has fast-established itself as the science event in Gozo.
These three days of science outreach came to a close on Wednesday evening with the Awards Night where a number of students were awarded for their work.
In addressing the students, Mr Francis Stivala, NSTF Secretary-General, praised them for their efforts in making the second edition such a success. Congratulating the over 280 participants in the various programmes.
Mr Stivala said that through such programmes NSTF was exposing the importance of science in a fun and educational way. Whilst thanking the Ministry for Gozo for its continuous support, without which the second edition of the NSTF Science Days in Gozo would not have been possible, he also added that NSTF was committed to continue with its programmes in Gozo,
The Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo praised NSTF for its pioneering role in non-formal education, particularly in the science subjects. He also thanked NSTF for bringing these science programmes and events to Gozo.
Minister Refalo also encouraged the students to continue participating in these initiatives that complement classroom teaching and further kindle youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which may develop into prospective careers in these bright minds’ futures.
Minister Refalo also presented a number of awards to the winners of the different contests NSTF organised in Gozo during the year.
The winners were:
NSTF Science Art Contest
Kirsty Ann Grima from the Gozo College Ghajnsielem Primary School
Lynette Caruana from the Gozo College Gharb Primary School
Angele Micallef from the Gozo College Kercem Primary School
Emma Cunningham from the Gozo College Nadur Primary School
Elana Attard from the Gozo College Qala Primary School
Gary Vassallo from the Gozo College Rabat Primary School
Michael Xuereb from the Gozo College San Lawrenz Primary School
Nathan Pace from the Gozo College Sannat Primary School and Special Unit
Kaitlyn Saliba from the Gozo College Xaghra Primary School
Kayden Haber from the Gozo College Xewkija Primary School
Martyn Mifsud from the Gozo College Zebbug Primary School
Isaac Refalo from the Bishop’s Conservatory, Primary
Jake Magro from St. Theresa School, Kercem
NSTF Primary School Contest for Young Scientists
The Malta National Aquarium and IMS Ltd. Prize
Matthew Farrugia, Nathan Buttigieg and Noel Micallef from the Gozo College Rabat primary school with their project ‘Seed Germination and Plant growth in the Greenhouse’
The Malta National Aquarium prize
Jean Azzopardi from St. Theresa School, Kercem with his project ‘Rainforest’
Merlin Publishers book prize
Christian Grima from the Gozo College Rabat Primary with his project ‘Demonstration of the Reflection of Light’
NSTF Science Photo Contest
The Photocity and Fujifilm prizes went to:
Stefan Scerri from the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary School with ‘Bursting Balloon’
Elaine Grima from the Gozo College Secondary School with ‘Science behind the Plastic bag’
Glenn Attard from the Gozo College Rabat primary school with ‘Synchronised Flying’
The Word for Word prizes went to:
Denise Buttigieg, Maya Apap and Danielle Grillage from the Gozo College Secondary School with their project ‘Nurdles’
Thomas Zammit and Francesco Sultana from the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary with their project ‘Fan-powered car’
Matthew Curmi and Andrew Zarb from the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary School with their project ‘Engine Air’
NSTF School Contest for Young Scientists
The Malta National Aquarium prize – Matthew Curmi and Andrew Zarb from the Gozo College Boys’ Secondary School with their project ‘Engine Air’
Book prize – Denise Buttigieg, Maya Apap and Danielle Grillage from the Gozo College Secondary School with their project ‘Nurdles’
Book prize – Alexia Mercieca, Clara Buttigieg and Daniela Azzopardi from the Bishops’ Conservatory School with their project ‘Biogas’
NSTF Contest for Young Scientists
Jasmine Camilleri, Alison Galea and Andreana Vella from Sir M. A. Refalo with their project ‘The effects of different types of water on plant growth’ were awarded the opportunity to participate in the national Contest for Young Scientists, to be held during the NSTF Science Expo 2015.
Photograph: MGOZ/ George Scerri