The Athens Science Festival is organized by the educational organization “Science Communication – SciCo”, the British Council, the Onassis Scholars’ Association and the General Secretariat for Research & Technology, in collaboration with various academic, research and educational institutes. It is a festival of science and innovation, where researchers, distinguished scientists, educators and artists give their best to communicate science and indulge the visitors to participate in their experience with it. Originated back in 2014, it has been established as a major event of science and technology in Greece, with over than 90000 visitors during its 5 years of life http://www.athens-science-festival.gr/en/.
The students of Lower Secondary Experimental School Agion Anargyron that participated in the local pilot phase of UMI-Sci-Ed in Greece (UMI students), orchestrated by their teacher, Vasileios Kostopoulos (Mathematician), participated in the Athens Science Festival, in late April (24-29) 2018. On Friday April 2018 (09:00-14:00), thirteen UMI students with ages 13-15, presented artefacts and constructions of their club (“STEM – Internet of Things”) that have implemented during the UMI-Sci-Ed local pilot phase, such as a light sensor, an RGB led, a traffic light, an ultrasonic sensor measuring the distance and a kit of a car programmed by them with a lot of sensors. They also presented STEM constructions in the framework of robotics material provided by their school from the Hellenic eTwinning Service as one of the 20 Greek high schools that met the requirements.
Many visiting students and teachers of other schools and a lot of other visitors watched their presentations with great interest asking a lot of questions. UMI students made also presentations in English to some visitors of the festival from foreign countries! They were very excited with this unique experience and engaged themselves to participate in further similar activities and festivals, promoting their work and experiences in the context of UMI-Sci-Ed. Following their dedication and proper actions, they were accepted to participate in “SpoudaseFest” (http://www.spoudasefest.gr/).