With more than 1,200 activities, the National Week of Science, Technology and Scientific Art begins
As from Monday 12 and until September 23, both children and adults will be able to participate in free and open-to-the-public scientific and recreational proposals in different parts of the country
The new edition of the National Science Week begins, with lots of different activities for children, talks, workshops and 3D cinema.
With the aim of connecting the scientific community to the general public, on Monday, September 12, the new edition of the National Week of Science, Technology and Scientific Art begins. The initiative is organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, and it offers more than 1,200 activities throughout the country.
Until September 23, 307 spaces such as museums, research centers, libraries, science academies, universities and schools, among others, will open their doors to community and offer free entrance. In this new edition of the National Science Week, the news will be the incorporation of the discipline scientific art, which will enable an approach from an aesthetics view. Besides, 3,000 investigators will participate in the initiative, show the scientific production carried out in the country and explain the scientific side to ordinary things.
Within the framework of the initiative launch, provinces of Chubut and Mendoza will present special activities, such as a talk on everyday-life science, which Diego Golombek, PhD in Biology, will be in charge of. He is a well-known scientific figure and head of the National Programme for Popularization of Science and Innovation of the Ministry of Science. At the same time, there will be a workshop on electronic circuits, a 3D cinema and an exhibition of the INNOVAR competition project: Raspiwhale, a platform which records behavioral and physiologic data of the Southern right whale.
For more information on the activities in each of the provinces, you can visit the website: www.semanadelaciencia.mincyt.gob.ar
Rawson (Chubut), from Monday 12 to Sunday 18, September, in the city's pedestrian street
Workshop on electronic circuits “The conductor wire”
This activity is targeted at children above 8 years old and it proposes the construction of electronic circuits with different materials, such as incandescent light bulbs,LEDs, wires, conductivity mass, batteries, copper tape and graphite. During the process, children will discover some of the characteristics of the electronic circuits, such as what happens when different materials are interconnected.
3D cinema: “Brain", "The solar system in a football field" and "Big Bang"
These movies made by Sergio Neuspiller, a pioneer in 3D stereoscopic techniques, will depict the functioning of organs, such as our brain, the birth of the universe through the Big Bang and the arrangement of the solar system.
It is a project by the scientists at Centro Nacional Patagónico (CenPat) of Puerto Madryn. It is a device designed to determine the location, movements and sounds given out and received by whales. It helps understand how these big animals move and foresee how they will react to minimize conflicts that may arise between them and humans in common areas. Technically speaking, it is a vent attachment device used to record three-dimensional movements made by marine mammals, and it contains motion and depth sensors, a GPS, hydrophone and video camera to take and record data directly from the animal, using a Raspberry platform.
The local institutions that will participate are the: Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio of Trelew, CenPat of Puerto Madryn, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional de la Regional Chubut de Puerto Madryn (National Technological University of Regional Chubut of Puerto Madryn), Municipality of Rawson, Universidad Nacional San Juan Bosco (National University San Juan Bosco) and its headquarters, Universidad del Chubut (University of Chubut) of Rawson and Empresa Genneia (which specializes in renewable energies.)
Talk: “Science in the everyday life,” by Diego Golombek
The proposal is intended to explain the scientific view of everyday-life things through the eyes of a scientist who will try to teach "why we do what we do, what we are." Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m. at Teatro Español, located on Belgrano, Colombia corner, city of Trelew.
City of Mendoza (Mendoza), Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20
In Cultural Center of Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, UNCuyo (Centro Cultural de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo), certain activities shall be developed, such as a circuit workshop and a 3D cinema among others. Likewise, there will be proposals organized by the National Institute of Water (INA), Institute of Detection Technologies and Astroparticles (ITEDA) of Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Regional de Mendoza (UTN), Institute of Environmental Sciences (ICA) and the Histology and Embryology Institute "Dr. Mario H. Burgos" (IHEM).
The National Week of Science, Technology and Scientific Art is set within the frame of the "International year of global understanding," ordered by the Executive Council of UNESCO, which encourages social and natural sciences, mathematics and humanistic studies scientists to participate in transdisciplinary research on sustainability.