The Faculty of Physics convenes the fair-contest Experimenta to promote science and dissemination
- Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit
- November 23rd, 2018
The Faculty of Physics of the University of Valencia has convened the XIV edition of the Physics and Technology Experimentation and Demonstration Fair-Contest, aimed at students of ESO, Baccalaureate and training cycles. The works will be exhibited and explained at a public event open to the public on April 7, at the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum of Valencia and the enrolment to participate in this event is open until February 4.
Experimenta 2019 wants to turn the student into an active and creative player, and science disseminator. With the help of a tutor, students, individually or in groups of a maximum of 4 people, will have to prepare an experimental project of the STEM area, show it and explain it to the public at the fair (around 5,000 people). The proposals will reveal a physical principle or its practical application, and especially its interrelation. Two modalities of participation and contest are established: demonstrations and experiments of physics, and projects of technological applications.
As a novelty this year, a meeting is scheduled for this, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty of Physics, where the teachers that want to participate can solve doubts about any project of their students. Among all the projects that are presented at the fair five prizes will be awarded. Four of them valued at €300 and the most voted by the visiting public, €200. Also, different honorable mentions will be awarded.
From the organising committee of the event, formed by the professor of the Faculty of Physics Chantal Ferrer as coordinator and by Jordi Vidal, Miguel V. Andrés and Amparo Pons, it is stressed that the good functioning, the correct understanding of the work by contestants and the clarity of the explanations will be very valued aspects. At the end of the fair, the awards ceremony will be held. The organisation takes special care of the participation of women in an initiative of physics and technology in which, for some years, they constitute 50% of the 400 contestants.
Among the awards, prizes will also be given to the departments of the teaching staff with winning projects and will certify the work associated with the supervision of the projects presented at the fair contest. There will also be an exhibition after the Experimenta Fair, of the winning projects, in which videos of the student participating will be recorded explaining the proposals and that will be uploaded to the Internet as educational and dissemination materials.
This initiative has a competitive project of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), as well as the collaboration of other entities, such as the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum of Valencia, the Valencia City Council, IFIC-Excellence S. Ochoa, the Royal Spanish Society of Physics, the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit-Science Dissemination Chair, the Delegation for University Integration, the Center for Education and Quality, and the UV Equality Unit, the Archimedes Physics Working Group, the ScienceFlows Group, and external entities such as Caixa Popular, APTCV and Analog Devices.
Experimenta was born in 2005 with the aim of involving students in the World Year of Physics in an active and creative way. The enthusiasm of the contestants and the visitors was extraordinary and contributed to transform it into an annual event.
Experimenta 2019, regulations and enrolment: http://go.uv.es/Ha4vkcj