On 5 May, the espicientífic@s could enjoy in Burgos a day full of culture and scientific entertainment for all. The IV Science and Technology Fair of Castilla y León packed the facilities of the Higher Polytechnic School of La Milanera with hundreds of families and visitors, who came to the place to enjoy a day full of culture and scientific and technological entertainment.
The corridors were a continuous journey with the 3,000 visitors, older and younger, passionate conversations, laughter, exclamations of surprise and also hurry to get to the activities.
We were able to learn by playing in some of the more than 100 workshops of all kinds of scientific topics (microbiology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, robotics, nature …) that aroused the interest of the more than 1200 enrolled, while the tutors participated in the lectures of the Hall of Degrees, centered in educational areas, such as “How to create your own Science Club”.
In the afternoon, the contest “With hands in science” was held, where we competed with more than 50 teams from the entire community, in four of the five existing modalities with our 10 projects, which dealt with subjects as diverse as the crystallography, microgravity, genomics or the evolution of writing.
The families that accompanied the participants and visitors could enjoy the common areas of the fair with various stands of robotics, education, mathematics …; an itinerant energy exhibition, in the Energytruck truck of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation and an area of the dissemination programme of the University of Burgos CIEN & CIA, where, in addition to being able to see the programme, a Photocall was installed: “Superheroes of science” to take a photo with a great scientist, become one of them, or simulate a fight against other famous scientists in the videogame “Science Kombat”.
The intense day of scientific fun ended with the presentation of prizes to the winners of the contest “With the hands in science”, where we feel protagonists since we took 4 of the 12 prizes awarded: 2nd prize in the Infant category, 1st and 3rd in the Primary category and 2nd in scientific dissemination in the Secondary category.
The closing of the IV Science and Technology Fair of Castilla y León was the responsibility of José Miguel García, Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, who welcomed and thanked all the attendees for their trust in the UBU “A public university at the service of all the people of Burgos and of the whole society” and called on all those who were present to participate in this activity next year and in all those organised by the University of Burgos. He also thanked the effort made by the Scientific Culture Unit and the volunteers to make this celebration of science possible.
The finale was put on by the show “Física Viva”, by a group La Fábrica, a space for scientific dissemination of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, presented by Jordi Rovira, Delegate of the Rector for the Communication and Dissemination of Research.
The IV Science and Technology Fair of Castilla y León has been organised by the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC + i) of the University of Burgos and financed by the FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology).
On the behalf of Espiciencia, we encourage you to participate actively in this fair, which each year welcomes us and in which we feel at home.