Spacelab children’s spaceships in a friendly invasion of Gozo

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Spacelab children's spaceships in a friendly invasion of GozoLast weekend saw an amazing burst of colour and creativity by child engineers aged 5 to 15 as a fleet of spaceships landed at the Cittadella, Gozo in a friendly invasion of the island.

The 23 models were built of LEGO bricks and Upcycled Materials for the Spacelab Children’s Build-a-Spaceship Contest, which launched a Weekend of Human Connection.

The organisers said that they were “totally blown away by the creativity, imagination and effort put in by the little explorers.”

Spacelab said that the weekend series of events marked the international WWF Earth Hour 2019; and highlighted a local Malta initiative to grow and plant out 10 trees from seeds.

All the events happened in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere on the ancient bastions of the Cittadella.

The pop-up Spacelab Base Space Station was hosted at the Cittadella by the Ministry for Gozo and took the form of a static exhibition of temporarily grounded interstellar spacecraft on display to the public.

Visitors were able to get up close and personal with fantastic Spaceships made from LEGO, Duplo Blocks, with some awesome Spaceships made from Upcycled Waste Materials.

The spaceships were designed and built by young engineers and space explorers aged from 5 to 15 years. The contest was a truly international happening with entries and exhibits representing an array of 6 Nations including Malta, Gozo, Great Britain, Slovenia, Spain, and Denmark

Spacelab said that “the creativity and imagination of the children totally astounded the 5 judges of the competition, 3 adults and two peer-group children.

“They were all super-challenged to come to decisions in the face of the high standards of quality creativity, imagination, engineering and the evident hard work of all the children in constructing their Spaceships.”

“It was a pleasure to see the delight and pride in their work of each and every child at the Build-a-Spaceship Awards, held in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Spacelab Exhibition on Saturday evening,” said SpacelabSpacelab children's spaceships in a friendly invasion of GozoThe results were announced, and they revealed 3 Category Award Winners plus a Special Recognition Award for Creativity.

The 3 Winners will visit the Esplora Science & Interactive Centre with their families, courtesy of Esplora, while the Special Award and 3 Runner Up Spaceship builders each received hard bound kids’ science books.

A Spacelab spokesperson said, “it was also a privilege to bring Earth Hour 2019 participants to the Cittadella and to be with so many people reflecting and connecting to Earth as we listened in the darkness to music specially commissioned and composed for Spacelab.

“The sounds of Peter Jerman’s symphony came from remixing NASA earth recordings to his own gifted music, making for a highly relaxed and meditative atmosphere for everyone as we stargazed through telescopes with The Astronomical Society of Malta.”

“The generations of people on Earth today are the last that can save the planet, beyond us it will be too late. For all of us that means act now, change now,” the spokesperson said.

“With this in mind we were pleased to have with us Why Not? Malta and the ‘Grow 10 Trees” project and to offer packs of indigenous Tree Seeds and to invite participants of our Earth Hour event to #grow10trees.”

The Winners are…

5 to 10 Category #LEGO

Winner: GALAX by David Attard (9)

Second Place: H.A.H. Star Rainbow by Isla Bremner (6)

11 to 16 Category #LEGO

Winner: Galactic Wolf by Travis H. Jarrett (11)

Second Place: Search & Destroy Racer by Glenn Attard (15)

#UPCYCLED Category:

Winner: Zeto by Mireille Cini (10)

Second Place: Sam the Lunar Rover by Kayley Cini (7)

Special Prize for #CREATIVITY:

Space Magic by Miriana Falzon (10)

Photos: Winner – Age 5 to 10 Category ‘GALAX’ by David Attard – Photo Credit: © Spacelab 2019 and Take Me to Your Leader” SAM the Lunar Rover by Kayley Cini (aged 7) – Photo Credit: © Spacelab 2019

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