The Subcarpathia Science Festival (Podkarpacki Festiwal Nauki), one of the largest popular science events in Poland, took place between 20 and 21 September at the G2A Arena Convention and Exhibition Centre. As its sponsor, our company actively participated in this event. The main idea behind it is popularising science and the most important scientific achievements, as well as promoting interest in technical and scientific education among young people.

The organiser of the Subcarpathia Science Festival is the Education Support Foundation at the Aviation Valley Association. The scientific community has been actively working to convince the event participants that science is inspiring and fascinating since the initial edition of the event in 2015.

On the first day of the Festival, only the primary school and high school students had a chance to experience the exciting world of science first-hand, whereas on Saturday, 21 September, the event was open to everyone.

The event participants took part in amazing scientific shows and lectures conducted by experts and academics. During the Festival, the children and teens conducted chemistry and physics experiments at science stands and marvelled at interesting scientific inventions, exhibits, robots, and drones. The participants also had a chance to learn about the secrets of molecular cuisine and discover the science behind magic tricks used by illusionists. A special guest on the second day of the Festival was Piotr Kosek, a well-known astronomy promoter and owner of the popular YouTube channel called ‘Astrofaza’. These, however, are merely some of the attractions meant to prove to the children and teens that learning is not at all boring.

An event accompanying the Festival was the international finale of the Learn&Fly competition, organised as part of a project of the same name. The competition itself was proudly sponsored by Pratt & Whitney Rzeszów. The finale included teams from Spain, Portugal and Poland and the goal was to prepare the best aeroplane model that would achieve the longest flight distance. In addition, a meeting was held to showcase the project as well as the training materials for students and teachers created as part of the Learn&Fly programme (STEM Kit) and a flight career guide regarding the three partner countries (Careers Kit). The project is being co-financed by the European Union as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

Another nice touch was the festival event organised specifically for the invited guests which took place on Saturday evening. Illusionist Roman Słomka, semi-finalist of the 10th edition of the ‘Mam Talent’ talent show, and the music trio ‘The ThreeX’ participated in the event to showcase the topic of science from a slightly more humorous perspective.

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