The Faculty of Physics announces the Experimenta fair-competition to promote science and dissemination in the pre-university student body

Picture of the Experimenta Fair 2019.
Picture of the Experimenta Fair 2019.

The Faculty of Physics of the Universitat de València has announced the 15th Edition of the Experimenta Fair-Contest of Physics and Technology Demonstrations and Experiments aimed at secondary education students and Vocational Training students. The STEM projects prepared by the students will be exhibited and explained at a festive event open to the public on 5th April at the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe of Valencia. Registration for this event is free and open until 2nd February at

Experimenta celebrates this year its fifteenth anniversary with the declaration, in addition, of project of social interest beneficiary of patronage. This is a recognition of the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian Government) to this proposal, which aims to disseminate the scientific culture of citizenship, make women and girls visible in science and improve the science and technology education of students, supporting scientific vocations and offering recreational activities to children.

This way, Experimenta aims to turn students into active and creative science protagonists and disseminators. With the help of a tutor, individually or in groups of a 4 people maximum, the participants will have to prepare a STEM pilot project in order to show it and explain it to the public at the fair (where there will be around 5,000 attendees). The proposals will demonstrate some physical principle or its practical application, and especially the interrelationship between them.

Although in the fair-competition Experimenta there are two categories of competition (demonstrations and experiments of physics or projects of technological applications) the purpose, in both cases, is to work through projects the connection between science and technology with an significant experimental component. Among all the projects presented at the fair, five prizes will be awarded. Four of them will be valued at €300 and the rest, to the project most voted by the visiting public, with €200. Various honourable mentions will also be awarded.

The organising committee of the event is formed by the Professor of the Faculty of Physics Chantal Ferrer as coordinator and Jordi Vidal, Miguel V. Andres and Amparo Pons. In the contest rules it is emphasised that the good operation, the correct understanding of the work on the part of the participant groups and the clarity of the explanations will be aspects of a very high value. At the end of the fair, there will be a prize-giving ceremony.  The organisation takes special care of women participation in physics and technology initiatives in which, for some years now, they make up 50% of the approximately 400 contestants.

Among the recognition, prizes will also be awarded to the departments of the teaching staff with winning projects and the work associated with the supervision of the projects presented as an innovation project recognised by the Conselleria d’Educació (Valencian Ministry of Education) will be certified. There will also be an exhibition after the Experimenta Fair of the winning projects, in which videos of the participating student body will be recorded explaining the proposals, which will be uploaded to the net as teaching and dissemination materials.

This initiative has a competitive project of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), in addition to the collaboration of other entities, such as the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felip of Valencia, Valencia City Council, the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), the Spanish Royal Society of Physics, the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit-Chair for the Dissemination of UV Science, the Delegation for University Integration of the UV, the Centre for Education and Quality and the UV Equality Unit, the Work Group for Physics Arquímedes, the ScienceFlows Research Group, and external entities such as Caixa Popular, APTCV and Analog Devices.

Experimenta was born in 2005 with the objective of involving students in the World Year of Physics in an active and creative way. The enthusiasm of the contestants and visitors was extraordinary and contributed to transforming it into an annual event.



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