May The Force be with you – ‘Star Wars’ meets Sci­ence

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

This unique fu­sion of movie magic and prac­ti­cal sci­ence will take place at Es­plora on Satur­day, 11 and Sun­day, 12 Novem­ber and is cer­tain to de­light Star Wars fa­nat­ics, film buffs and the tech­no­log­i­cally savvy alike.

For the past 10 years, the catch­phrase “May The Force Be With You” has been as­so­ci­ated with im­agery of shim­mer­ing swords of light, space­ships, ro­bots, and a fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion that leaves us in awe. Star Wars was cer­tainly way ahead of its time de­spite tak­ing place in “a galaxy far, far away”.

Ge­orge Lu­cas’s iconic Star Wars has of­ten an­tic­i­pated real-life tech­nol­ogy right here on Earth. To­day’s sci­en­tists are tak­ing the sci­ence fic­tion in Star Wars’ sci­ence fic­tion and trans­form­ing it into tan­gi­ble sci­en­tific facts; space tourism and high­tech are the talk of the day, while mag­netic-lev­i­ta­tion trains which defy grav­ity and zoom through the air like Luke Sky­walker’s land­speeder are no longer a sci-fi fan­tasy.

While C3PO and R2D2 were droids with a life of their own, au­ton­o­mous ro­bots are now among us. To­day sol­diers wear ex­oskele­tal ar­mour just like Darth Vader’s Im­pe­rial Stormtroop­ers and if a light sabre was deemed as fan­tasy, laser tech­nol­ogy now saves lives in the med­i­cal world. If the Death Star tar­gets star­ships, cut­ting-edge satel­lites and drones rule the skies. Even holo­grams, ro­botic body parts and the land­ing of droids on other plan­ets all make part of to­day’s re­al­ity.

Dur­ing these two days fam­i­lies are in­vited to at­tend Es­plora where they will en­joy a com­plete Star Wars ex­pe­ri­ence from a Star Wars ex­hi­bi­tion which will fea­ture favourite life-size char­ac­ters, minia­ture scenes from the films and light sabre du­els.

The pub­lic will be given a chance to chal­lenge the Star Wars Ta­ble Top Mas­ters in a na­tional tour­na­ment as well as fun work­shops and pre­sen­ta­tions where Sci­ence meets Star Wars.

This is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Es­plora In­ter­ac­tive Sci­ence Cen­tre and Euro Me­dia Fo­rum.

Com­pre­hen­sive En­try Ticket Fees: Adults (12-year-olds and over) – €12; 5-year-olds to 11 year-olds –€6; 4-year-olds and un­der – free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion phone on 9905 2482 or send an email on: eu­ro­me­di­afo­rum@gmail.com

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