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The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival Attracts 270,000 Visitors

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15/08/2017
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The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival Attracts 270,000 Visitors

 

A great platform to experience the new technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

 

The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival, hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT, Minister You Young Min) and organized by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC, President Tai Hyun Park), came to a close on August 15 at Ilsan’s KINTEX. ※ (Host) MSIT, (Organizer) KOFAC, (Sponsors) Ministry of Education, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Starting on August 10, the festival saw more than 270,000 visitors, setting a new record. People of all ages from across the nation attended the festival, which has become a platform for the general public to experience the most advanced science and technologies.

 

This year’s festival was held under three themes: “Face Your Dreams” (Creativity), “Work Together” (Convergence), and “Usher in a New Future” (World).  The main focus of the festival was to provide a platform for encouraging participation and communication among youths, the future leaders of our society, so that they may grow to become creative individuals with interdisciplinary expertise. The main exhibition hall, in particular, showcased over 10 cutting-edge technologies, including nature-inspired bionic robots that mimic the movements of birds and jellyfish, VR water sports (kayaking), and advanced wearable generators, among others. By observing and experiencing these technologies, visitors were able to expand their understanding of the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how these technologies will change people’s lifestyles in the future.

 

Divided into three sections—the Basic Science Zone, Convergence Science Zone, and Future Science Zone—the festival was participated in by more than 290 organizations and groups (state-sponsored research organizations, companies, private science and culture organizations, schools, and local governments), offering a diverse program of over 300 activities. The state-sponsored research organizations in the Basic Science Zone attracted large numbers of elementary, middle, and high school students. In particular, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) offered a VR experience in which students could explore and go camping on the moon, while the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) offered a program about using radiation to diagnose cancer and the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) held a session on how to make a microscope.

 

The Future Science Zone consisted of various experience programs from the Infinite Imagination Rooms (Muhan Sangsangsil) across the nation, nuclear power plant safety robots and VR experiences offered by the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), a face recognition program offered by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), and more. In particular, Connect Foundation’s mathematics and software experience programs drew large numbers of visitors.

 

The Convergence Science Zone showcased high quality convergence science artworks through the GAS2017 Exhibition, which was held under the theme “Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Creativity” and offered programs such as sunglasses-making sessions using 3D pens for middle and high school students, an overseas science experiment program that was participated in by foreign countries, including Thailand, Poland, and the Philippines, and the Science Convergence Playground, which provided a diverse range of activities, making the festival enjoyable for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, including children, students, parents, and the general public.

 

The “2017 Science Master Classes,” which were held under the theme of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the main stage throughout the festival, provided a series of lectures, starting with Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Martin Chalfie (Columbia University, USA), who was followed by Choi Hyun-seok (chef), Choe Jae Chun (professor at Ewha Womans University), and Song Kil-young (vice president of Daum Soft). The lecture series turned out to be quite popular, with packed halls at every lecture. The “Science Fun” and “Mind Blowing Science Show,” a children’s show about famous scientists, were particularly popular among children and parents. Moreover, the “Science Level-up Ranking Competition ” and “Science Busking,” held by KOFAC, enjoyed great success and attracted large audiences.

 

The most popular venue at the festival was the Drone Stadium, which saw a steady stream of visitors and participants for every single activity. The Drone Academy program, which was held every morning and afternoon, drew great interest from young people, and huge waves of visitors came to watch the Drone Clash Championships, even though there was no seating. President Tai Hyun Park of KOFAC, which organized the event, remarked, “As we are now witnessing the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I hope that this festival provides a platform for visitors to see and gain hands on experience with today’s most advanced technologies. It is also my hope that this festival will help our youths grow to become creative individuals with interdisciplinary expertise in and knowledge of science and technology.”

 

[Photo] On August 15 (Tuesday), visitors to the 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival, held at Ilsan’s KINTEX, participated in science programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in the Convergence Science Zone.

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