A walk around the exhibition floor is a flood to the senses. There are projects with giant props, a car door, mirrors or wooden contraptions. Every stall is a curious multi-coloured quilt of science. Teenagers are dressed in scrawled signed shirts. Parents fuss over the green, younger ones. A line of kids sitting on the ground in a crazy sitting congo line whooping as a camera pans by. Continuous chatter weaves the whole scene together. One thing that you never prepare yourself for, is the cacophony of voices. You’re surrounded by young scientists in a storm of explaining their projects to judges, teachers, parents and their peers.
And there’s the commercial exhibition hall filled with touchy and feely science, technology and engineering presentations. Just a flavour of that hall (it’s a bit Blair Witch!):
Coming away from the exhibition you feel, “why didn’t I have the foresight to enter it at school?” Was it a failure to be impassioned by my teachers? Or just shortsightedness?
The kids have a great time and meet their peers. Socialisation in the name of Science. But more than that each student gained valuable experience in putting together a piece of work and presenting their projects to their peers, adults and judges. Standing up and justifying your reasoning and results to that diverse group is great practice for the future.
Another post to come with pics and an interview!