posted on 10/10/2012: 469 views
The adventure begins today across the emirate as the much-anticipated Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2012 opens to the public for the second year.
For the next 11 days, children and adults alike will be enthralled and treated to the wonders of science as they participate in numerous hands-on activities that are meant to spark kids' curiosity and inspire them to pursue scientific education or careers in medicine, engineering and other Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) fields.
The Science Festival will explore the different fields of science — chemistry, biology, physics, general science, geography, animation, environmental and sport science — through its hands-on workshops, interactive exhibits and spectacular science shows.
This year, a life-sized T-Rex Animatronic Dinosaur will stalk the exhibition halls of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) while Dr Megavolt will show off a high-voltage performance. Other shows include Visualise, a mischievous mix of physical theatre and science that demonstrates how our world works; The Bigger Bang Show; Science Circus; Extreme Freeze; and Explodaganza or all big bangs and explosions under one thrilling adventure.
At the workshop, students can explore the Jungle Safari and go on an incredible journey through deepest, darkest jungle to learn about animals. They also will have the chance to taste what astronauts eat in space, experience G-force, make a camera from a biscuit tin, see what liquid nitrogen does to a banana, create their own chocolate ‘caviar' and the literally hair-raising experience of static electricity.
The festival will also see the return of many of last year's favourites including the Dig-up a Dinosaur and the Emergency Room.
This year's show will occupy 20 per cent more floor space at the ADNEC in anticipation of a larger turnout than last year, and will also run daily at the Corniche (West Plaza). The emirate-wide event will also excite audiences at several malls in Abu Dhabi (Al Wahda and Mushrif Malls), Al Ain (Al Ain Mall) and Al Gharbiyah (City Mall).
The Abu Dhabi Science Festival is being held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The festival is once again collaborating with the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF), the world's first science festival, as its Programming Partner. – Khaleej Times
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