The Es­plora 2018-2019 Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme

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Es­plora pre­sented the Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme 2018-2019 and the Plan­e­tar­ium Live Shows dur­ing the launch event which took place at the Es­plora Plan­e­tar­ium Build­ing, Kalkara.

Es­plora’s mis­sion to bring sci­ence closer to the peo­ple and peo­ple closer to sci­ence, was high­lighted through a con­tem­po­rary dance per­for­mance en­ti­tled New­ton’s Laws of Mo­tion and a series of in­ter­ac­tive demos taken from Es­plora’s sci­ence shows and work­shops.

Es­plora direc­tor Rachael Black­burn, through her con­sci­en­tious nar­ra­tive about the dis­tur­bance of the en­vi­ron­ment caused by hu­man in­flu­ences, stated that “it’s in our power as sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tors to strive for chang­ing the world to a bet­ter place through the un­der­stand­ing of sci­ence. If we have the power, we have the duty”.

Clay­ton Cu­ta­jar, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive high­lighted the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme which in­cluded the up­com­ing the­matic events such as Des­ti­na­tion space and Hal­loween at Es­plora. The ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme pro­vides Steam work­shops and sci­ence shows for all ages from kin­der to post-sec­ondary years. The Es­plora Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme 2018-2019 can be down­loaded from http:// es­plora. org. mt/ ed­u­ca­tion- pro­gramme/

In his clos­ing speech, the ex­ec­u­tive chair- man of the Malta Coun­cil for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Dr Jef­frey Pul­li­cino Or­lando stated: “We are in­vest­ing our re­sources in peo­ple through non-for­mal learn­ing in Steam fields. An in­vest­ment in Malta’s hu­man re­sources is truly long-term. Be­ing a sci­ence hub for re­searchers, com­mu­ni­ca­tors, artists, teach­ers, in­no­va­tors and the gen­eral pub­lic alike is crit­i­cal be­cause when we in­vest in our cit­i­zens − their work, knowl­edge, skills and their ideas − we are in­vest­ing in to­mor­row.”

Dr Pul­li­cino Or­lando an­nounced that this year Es­plora will be in­tro­duc­ing the new Sci­ence Spritz con­cept, where peo­ple can in­for­mally meet ex­perts in the field, ask ques­tions and dis­cuss cur­rent themes such as blockchain and med­i­cal mar­i­juana.

He added that Es­plora will also be sup­port­ing gov­ern­ment’s mea­sure of One tablet per child by or­gan­is­ing an event in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mita, among other en­ti­ties, on drama and cy­ber se­cu­rity in which year 4 stu­dents are en­cour­aged to bring their own tablet.

The ex­ec­u­tive chair­man launched the Plan­e­tar­ium Live Shows, which will be on of­fer this year, where vis­i­tors im­merse them­selves in the Won­ders of the Night Sky and ex­pe­ri­ence trav­el­ling to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, con­stel­la­tions and our so­lar sys­tem.

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