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The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival : the Biggest Science Festival in Korea

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10/08/2017
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The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival : the Biggest Science Festival in Korea

 

Attracted total of over 120,000 visitors over three days

 

The Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC) announced that a total of 124,910 visitors attended the 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival from August 10 (Thurs.) to 12 (Sat.). During those first three days of the festival, visitors were given opportunities to observe and experience various  technologies. On the opening day, about 38,000 visitors attended the event. However, as the festival’s abundance of interesting and educational content spread by word of mouth, the event began attracting a steady stream of visitors, rising from over 41,000 people on the second day to more than 46,000 on the third.

 

The festival’s popularity was due to both the timeliness of the event and the nature of its content. As it was held during the summer, when elementary, middle, and high school students were all on summer vacation, large numbers of families attended the festival. While there, visitors were able to enjoy and experience cutting-edge science and technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) technologies, free of charge.

 

In the remaining days of the festival, from August 13 (Sun.) to 15 (Tues.), the Drone Clash Championships and Youth Science Competition  (YSC), hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister You Young Min) and organized by KOFAC (President Tai Hyun Park), were held.  In the Drone Stadium , the first Drone Clash Championships in Korea and the Drone Racing Competition were held for two days, on August 13 (Sun.) and 15 (Tues.).

 

When the competitions were not underway, the stadium was open for visitors to enjoy drone racing and drone hunting activities. Held on the event stage, the YSC was designed for youth (students), who will one day grow up to become national leaders, to contemplate the ways in which science and technology will change the future. The topic of the competition was announced on the morning of August 13 (Sun.), and the competition was held in the format of a hackathon* for three days, until August 15 (Tues.).

 

* A competition where teams of computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate for a period of time to achieve common goals. The 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival was held until August 15 (Tues.) in Halls 3, 4, and 5 of Exhibition Center I at KINTEX.

 

[Photo] On August 13 (Sunday), visitors waited in line to enter Exhibition Center I at KINTEX for the 21st Korea Science Creativity Festival

 

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