We invite children, adults and whole families to the Hevelianum for the Fahrenheit Science Fair, which will take place on May 28. The programme includes workshops, games, competitions, shows, a science show, a performance and a debate. Admission is free.
The motto of this year's Fahrenheit Science Fair is Science with Climate. Many attractions will refer to the Sustainable Development Goals, an action plan agreed to by UN member states. All to collectively transform and reshape a world in which the needs of the present generation are met sustainably, respecting the environment and considering the needs of future generations.
- The Fahrenheit Science Fair will take place on Gradowa Mountain for the second time. We invite you to this special Sunday - says Paweł Golak, director of the Hevelianum. - The Hevelianum has joined forces with the Fahrenheit Universities, and together, we have created a programme that will allow every participant to engage in science to protect our planet while having fun at the same time. We also invite you to experiment at our exhibitions.
Importantly, in a light-hearted fair format, there will be talk about important and valuable things affecting the environment and people's well-being.
- We have prepared many attractions for both children and adults. We will conduct experiments and quizzes with prizes, create brain models and homemade cosmetics, invite people to free preventive examinations and ultrasounds or learn breast self-examination techniques using phantoms. There will be science shows and even a zero-waste fashion show, - says prof. Adriana Zaleska-Medynska, director of the Daniel Fahrenheit Association of Universities in Gdańsk. - The Fahrenheit Science Fair is not only an important event for us but also one of the few opportunities to introduce scientific issues, inspire, interact and have fun together with the residents of the Tricity.
One of the main points on the fair map will be the Science Stage, where an uninterrupted series of attractions is planned. It will begin with the opening ceremony at 11:00 am, during which the Gdańsk Academic Orchestra will perform, and the Fahrenheit Awards will be presented. At 11:40 am, a competition for the youngest will start - the Land of Positive Energy. Ten minutes later, the older ones are invited to a zero-waste fashion show. Between 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm, engaging science-themed workshops are planned: on microplastics (12:15 pm), sustainable cooking (12:30 pm), noise in our lives (12:45 pm) and the physics of basketball (1:00 pm). At 1:15 pm, a sports aerobics champion will perform, and then a moment of laughter awaits participants with a scientific stand-up. Later in the day, there will be two science shows: The Best of Hevelianum (1:45 pm) and 1013 hPa - a story about air (3:00 pm). The younger public will not be bored! As early as 2:15 pm, they can listen to the tale of autonomous boats. The day's attractions on stage will be topped off with a Pooh Treat, i.e. talks not only about honey. The Science Stage will be hosted by Aleksandra and Piotr Stanisławski, authors of the popular science blog Crazy Nauka.
Another highlight of the Fair will be the Science Village, with more than 45 tents offering demonstrations, workshops and experiments in medicine, science and ecology. Visitors will be able to find out, for example, how to become a defender of the environment, how to create a brain from unnecessary things or what to do with used tyres. There will be demonstrations of recycling and the world under the microscope and an astronomical show. Visitors will be able to see how medicines are made and how to make flexible polyurethane foam in the colours of the rainbow. The Village and other attractions will be open to visitors during the Fair hours, i.e., from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
There will be plenty of environmental games and workshops in the EduFun Zone. During these, children will learn, among other things, how to give a second life to used tea leaves and plastic caps and make a pencil case from scraps of material. During this time, carers will be able to make eco-jewellery, homemade washing powder or cosmetics for their own use. Sports activities and a mobile laboratory have been prepared for children in this zone.
New this year will be the Fahrenheit Laboratory. A unique combination of theatre and chemistry laboratory, where the story of the life of the famous Gdańsk scientist will be created live using special chemical effects. The performance will last 30 minutes and will be presented thrice at 1:15 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. The seats for each show are limited, and free tickets will be available at the information desk during the event. The show is suitable for adults and children over the age of six.
Rounding off the attractions will be the debate Science Speaks. In the Balance (2:00 pm), during which the guests will discuss, among other things, whether the ambitious goals of sustainable development are reconcilable with our needs, what we have a real influence on, and where we can already make changes. The debate will be moderated by Aleksandra Stanisławska, science journalist and co-founder of CrazyNauka.pl.
Details of the event are available at: www.faru.edu.pl/pl/piknik-2023.
11:00 am | Official opening of the Fahrenheit Science Fair
Gdańsk Academic Orchestra - performance
Presentation of the Fahrenheit Awards
11:40 am | Start of the 'Land of positive energy' competition
11:50 am | Zero waste fashion show
12:15 pm | Microplastics in our lives. Can it be effectively eliminated?
12:30 pm | Sustainable cooking - how to cook healthily and with your head!
12:45 pm | Do we need a noise shelter? - we check the noise level around us
1:00 pm | The physics of basketball
1:15 pm | Performance by female sports aerobics champions
1:30 pm | Science stand-up - how many physicists fit on the head of a pin
1:45 pm | The Best of Hevelianum - a science show
2:15 pm | What does a greb have in common with an alligator? - a fable about autonomous boats
2:30 pm | Sudden cardiac arrest. Do you know what to do?
3:00 pm | '1013 hPa - a story about air'. - scientific demonstration
3:45 pm | A Pooh's Treat. Talks not only about honey
11:00 am—4:00 pm
More than 45 tents on medicine, science, and ecology. Find out how to become an environmental campaigner, create a brain from unnecessary things and what you can do with used car tyres. Watch recycling demonstrations, an astronomy show and the world under the microscope. See how medicines are made and how to make flexible polyurethane foam in the colours of the rainbow.
The EduFun zone
11:00 am—4:00 pm
- environmental games and workshops in 10 tents and an educational container
- sports activities
- mobile laboratory
Fahrenheit laboratory - performance
1:15 pm—1:45 pm, 2:30 pm—3:00 pm, 3:30 pm—4:00 pm | age: 6+
Max. number of people at one performance: 35 | Free tickets available at the information desk during the event (until sold out)
A combination of theatre and chemistry laboratory, where the whole world of the story of the life of the famous Gdańsk scientist is created live using special chemical effects.
Science Speaks. In balance - a debate
2:00 pm—3:00 pm | age: 15+
Are the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals reconcilable with our needs? In which areas do we have real influence, and can we make a difference today?
Speakers: prof. dr hab. Szymon Malinowski, dr Barbara Kijewska, dr hab. inż Hanna Staroszczyk, dr hab. inż Maciej Tankiewicz, Marcin Jasiukowicz. Chairing: Aleksandra Stanisławska.
Field game 'Harpuś'
11:00 am—4:00 pm
Prevention saves lives
11:00 am—4:00 pm Pythagoras Room
Lung and thyroid ultrasound, measurement of blood glucose and blood pressure
11:00 am—4:00 pm
11:00 am—4:00 pm
Organisers: Fahrenheit Universities (Medical University of Gdańsk, Technical University of Gdańsk and University of Gdańsk) and the Hevelianum.
Honorary patronage: Pomeranian Voivode Dariusz Drelich, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk and Mayor of Gdańsk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz.
Strategic partners: Gdańsk International Fair, Pomeranian Voivodeship Self-Government, Polish Nuclear Power Plants, Voivodeship Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
Contents partners: Gdańsk Economic Development Foundation, Clean City Gdańsk, Municipal Guard in Gdańsk, Miniatura Municipal Theatre, Recycling Plant in Gdańsk, Gemini Poland.
Media patrons: TVP Nauka, trójmiasto.pl, gdansk.pl.
Free drinking water is available in the gastro zone - bring your own bottle from home.
All attractions will be free of charge. Admission to permanent exhibitions of the Hevelianum according to the price list available at www.hevelianum.pl.
The organisers reserve the right to change the event programme due to adverse weather conditions.