St Mar­garet Col­lege Se­nior Sec­ondary School Verdala stu­dents in­ter­view guests at Es­plora Science Cen­tre open­ing

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Dante Camil­leri and Gareth Chir­cop

Last Fri­day a group of 13 year old stu­dents from St Mar­garet Col­lege Se­nior Sec­ondary School, Verdala, Cospicua were in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the official open­ing of the Es­plora Science Cen­tre in Kalkara.

St. Mar­garet Col­lege stu­dents were ac­com­pa­nied by Science teacher Martin Az­zopardi sdc, Physics teacher Erica Fal­zon El­lul and LSA Svet­lana Galea. This was a great op­por­tu­nity for them to in­ter­view var­i­ous dis­tin­guished guests and par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents and get their per­sonal views and feed­back about the new Science Cen­tre in Kalkara.

The Es­plora in­ter­ac­tive science cen­tre con­sists of sev­eral build­ings and out­door spa­ces, all in­ter­con­nected fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive restora­tion and de­vel­op­ment process at the for­mer Bighi Bri­tish Hospi­tal. The science cen­tre con­sists of 250 ex­hibits in­clud­ing hands-on work­shops and science shows mak­ing science rel­e­vant to our every­day lives.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Evarist Bar­tolo, this is a “Won­der­ful project of­fer­ing stu­dents the joy of learn­ing science” while EO Science Mario Mus­cat says that this cen­tre “will def­i­nitely en­hance the teach­ing of Science by mak­ing it fully in­ter­ac­tive and so in­crease stu­dent’s in­ter­est in the sciences”. Ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor for Cur­ricu­lum, De­siree Sci­cluna Bugeja, this cen­tre will give the op­por­tu­nity to “teach­ers to teach science in an in­for­mal way” thanks to what Di­rec­tor of Cur­ricu­lum Gae­tano Bugeja calls ‘hands on ac­tiv­i­ties’ which will now be able to of­fer a dif­fer­ent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for var­i­ous parts of the science cur­ric­ula.

David McQueen from the Glas­gow Science Cen­tre says that the Es­plora Science Cen­tre aims to “ex­cite stu­dents in learn­ing science” while Rachael Black­burn from the Direc­torate of Qual­ity and As­sur­ance says that this cen­tre is in­tended to of­fer “cre­ativ­ity and mo­ti­vate stu­dent’s in­ter­est in the science field”.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Chris Agius said that thanks to the 56 science shows and 256 hands-on science work­shops in this cen­tre “we aim to stim­u­late more love for science”. He added say­ing that this project “costs €26 mil­lion and is the first of its kind in Malta”.

Now this cen­tre will be un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Malta Coun­cil for Science and Tech­nol­ogy un­der the chair­man­ship of Jef­frey Pul­li­cino Or­lando.

Present for the official open­ing of this Science cen­tre were var­i­ous am­bas­sadors and when in­ter­view­ing US Am­bas­sador Madam G.K. Hill, she said: “That this cen­tre of­fers stu­dents a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to come in touch with a va­ri­ety of science fields all to­gether” while Ghana­ian High Com­mis­sioner Ken­neth Tachie said that this project is “Very ed­u­ca­tional, mak­ing the learn­ing of science eas­ier”.

St. Mar­garet Col­lege stu­dents had also the chance to get some per­sonal feed­back from var­i­ous stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools. Here are some of their com­ments:

“It is a great project and very in­ter­est­ing for us stu­dents,” com­mented stu­dent Wil­liam Chi­as­son (St. Ed­ward’s Col­lege, In­de­pen­dent Sec­ondary School, Cospicua).

“It is ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing. It is a good way to in­tro­duce younger peo­ple to the fas­ci­nat­ing world of science,” said stu­dent Ran­don Sant (De LaSalle Col­lege, Church Sec­ondary School, Cospicua);

“It is some­thing dif­fer­ent and very in­ter­est­ing with lots of hands on ex­per­i­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties where we can learn new things” by stu­dent Clisielle Ghirxi (St. Joseph Church Sec­ondary School, Paola).

“It is good to in­tro­duce us stu­dents to all th­ese in­ter­ac­tive work­shops which books can­not of­fer,” com­mented stu­dent Alek­san­drs An­drejevs (St. Mar­garet Col­lege se­nior Sec­ondary School, Verdala, Cospicua);

“Here you can ex­per­i­ment with many things at one go like op­tics, sound, forces, mo­tion etc.” said stu­dent Mor­gan Gib­rila (St. Ed­ward’s Col­lege, In­de­pen­dent Sec­ondary School, Cospicua);

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat said that he feels very sat­is­fied to hear so many chil­dren mak­ing so much noise show­ing their ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm in this Science Cen­tre. Quot­ing DG of Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Fran­cis Fabri, “this is an amaz­ing state of the art project. I in­vite stu­dents to browse round and ask them to say what they think of this Science Cen­tre”.

Every­one is wel­come to visit the Es­plora Science Cen­tre in Bighi and par­tic­i­pate in the var­i­ous work­shops which ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­tor of MCAST, Stephen Cachia all aim “To help stu­dents en­joy the Science World”.

Surely Es­plora is the place where ac­cord­ing to Deputy Principal of MCAST An­thony Sal­iba, “one can see with his own eyes stu­dents en­joy­ing Science” and so ac­cord­ing to CEO of PBS John Bandy, “it is a must that stu­dents pay fre­quent vis­its to the Es­plora Science Cen­tre”.

The au­thors, Dante Camil­leri and Gareth Chir­cop, are both stu­dents at St Mar­garet Col­lege Se­nior Sec­ondary School Verdala, Cospicua

St. Mar­garet Col­lege Se­nior Sec­ondary School Verdala, Cospicua stu­dents: Agius Dean, An­drejevs Alek­san­drs, Bar­tolo Kieran, Bon­nici Nir­vaia, Calleja Shanise, Camil­leri Dante, Ce­sare Isaac, Chir­cop Gareth, Coleiro Charis, Dalli Gwyneth, Demi­coli Rianne, For­mosa Hailie, Har­ring­ton Matthew, Man­gion Karl Isaac, Sal­iba Yle­nia, Sciber­ras Mariah and Vella Neil to­gether with their teacher Martin Az­zopardi sdc, Physics teacher Erica Fal­zon El­lul and LSA Svet­lana Galea in­vited for the official for the official open­ing of the Es­plora Science Cen­tre at Bighi in Kalkara.

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