The Science Carnival 2016 was held on July 9th during the Science Magic Show. The magic show itself was the first thing to catch the attention of the audience. This was the 4th Science Carnival held by the National Taiwan Science Education Center, and in order to appeal to those who had already given up on learning science, they chose “Curiosity, Your Science Renaissance!” as their slogan. The Science Education Center held a science festival filled with fun on the 9th and 10th of July. It aimed to intrigue everybody with its 7 major themes, to get everybody in touch with science through sharing and interacting to find their long lost desire to learn science throughout the experience. Science can be fun as long as you learn to play with it!
For this year, the National Taiwan Science Education Center took inspiration from some of the great scientists in history to build the 7 major themes: On the first day of the “Petrarch’s Stage of Glory,” they set up as science soapbox, and invited speakers from the industries, the government and the academia to share their experiences on science. One of the guests was Associate Professor Chin-Ling Hsu from Chung Yuan Christian University. He studies superheroes in sci-fi movies and animations, and makes fun of them from the perspective of physics. This helps people understand the fun and informative part of physics; on the second day, it was Hebocon, besides the usual land fight, a new water fight was added this year. There was a total of 70 participants, and the event started from 10 AM til 3:30 PM on the main stage.
The Copernicus’ Globe helped people make all sorts of creatures using waste materials, and pasted them on a globe with a diameter of 2 meters. Throughout the process of creation, people got to learn about their environments, and the importance of protecting it; Michelangelo’s Conceptual Space showcased the interdisciplinary creations that integrated laboratory scientists and studio artists, these included the geometric constructions from Kaiqi Huang(黃凱祺), the tree art from Yunmoo Lee(李永謨) and the paint from of Zhiwei Liang(梁晊瑋), every piece of work was exquisite and expensive; while Galileo’s Creative Plaza that showcased fun trivia, and creative inventions, had about 50 exhibitors this year, it gathered all kinds of creators and their creations, and invited everybody to join the experience, to touch and feel new science gadgets up close. Descartes’ Crazy Tabletop Game was new this year, which invited many of Taiwan’s original tabletop game design teams to promote these unplugged games that required a lot of brainstorming, so players had to discuss with one another and enjoyed the fun of interaction.
Harvey’s Night Class challenged some of the more age-restricted, thrilling topics like criminal psychology, CSI forensic science and animal environmental science. These were meant for people who were into the realistic side of science. There were also a total of 24 sessions of Newton’s Workshop over two days, which was filled with various courses, namely origami, galaxy bottle DIY, and the making of passive walking biped robots, offering the fun of creation and handicraft to people of all ages.