STEAM @ Spazju Kreattiv brings together a whole series of events that engage citizens in science and arts, in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Scientists. From puppet theatre for kids, to theatre on hard-hitting social issues and mental conditions on film, there is something within the programme for everyone. The season is comprised of four strands: Science in the City, Malta Café Scientifique, ĊineXjenza, and Kids Dig Science.
Science in the City | 28 September 2018
Science in the City is Malta’s Science and Arts Festival that transforms Republic Street with science and art. Under a Science is Culture theme, come see how science shapes all aspects of culture from how we communicate, prepare our food, use technology, look after our health and entertain ourselves.
Spazju Kreattiv will host Kids Dig Science, a puppet show and science and arts workshop with interactive experiments and activities for children of all ages; Get Your Act Together, two plays with a social message; and Malta Cafe Sci, a series of talks and discussions about interesting topics with a strong base in science.
Malta Café Scientifique | October 2018 – May 2019
Malta Café Scientifique is a series of informal events presented in collaboration with Malta Chamber of Scientists and Spazju Kreattiv where anyone can discuss the latest ideas in science and technology. Talks are held on a monthly basis in Studio B, Spazju Kreattiv.
The Malta Café Scientifique season opens in October with Dr. David Saliba’s presentation on the body’s natural defence mechanism against cancer cells and with Mr. Johan Zammit’s talk on the uses of blockchain in the scientific world in November. In December, Dr Sebastiano D’Amico will present, with the help of his 3D models, the virtual reconstructions of sites of cultural heritage, both for virtual museums and for research. After a brief pause, Malta Café Scientifique will be back in February with Prof. Mario Valentino and his presentation on how white brain matter can be protected from deteriorating after a person experiences a stroke. March is all about the brain and Brain Awareness week to increase awareness about brain research! In April, we will be having Dr Rebecca Dalli Gonzi and her talk on creating more spaces for culture and art while keeping sustainability at a high priority, and in May we shall be closing the season with Dr Lourdes Farrugia, who will be taking us through the uses of electromagnetic imaging.
ĊineXjenza | October 2018 – April 2019
ĊineXjenza is a series of science cinema events which encourage discourse around topics at the forefront of science and society. After the film screening there’s a chance to share your views and critically analyse themes expressed in the film including climate change and if humanity’s behaviour can be changed. The discussion will be an open forum and our science communication experts will facilitate dialogue between the audience.
Kids Dig Science | October 2018 – April 2019
Kids Dig Science is coordinated by the Science in the City team at the Malta Chamber of Scientists. This season, the team will once again meet with the scientists to find out the latest in all things science, then cut it down to size for children above the age of 6. It was conceived to inspire curious little minds, to ignite their passions and foster creativity. If you’re looking for a way to inspire your children, Kids Dig Science is a must.
Last year the puppets faced serious problems and with the help of a highly dependable and somewhat rambunctious audience, helped avert a number of pretty big disasters. But it wasn’t all hard work, the kids got to experiment themselves, created unique art pieces, testing for acids and bases, simulating clouds and so much more. As always, the next season of Kids Dig Science promises great things, are your kids up to the challenge?