Festival of Science in Rzeszów, the largest popular science event in the Podkarpacie
On 17-18 September 2017 in the modern space of the G2A Arena in Rzeszów - Jasionka, the Science Festival took place - an event addressed to children and youth from the Podkarpacie region. The Polish Space Agency was a partner of the festival.
At three levels of the G2A Arena, dozens of stands presenting inventions and scientific exhibits were collected, in an accessible way illustrating the principles of operation of various phenomena and processes occurring in nature. Over 20,000 have visited guests, including the Minister of National Education, Mrs. Anna Zalewska, who participated in the accompanying event of the National Conference "Vocational training in the context of Industry 4.0".
The Polish Space Agency organized its stand during the festival, during which two issues related to astronomy and astronautics were presented for two days. Lecturers and conversations with visitors were led by PAK employees and the tireless robot EuGenius. Many children took the opportunity and made a popular selfie with a humanoid robot. EuGenius not only entertained children by interacting with them, but also conducted interesting lectures about space. For children, a special educational and play area was prepared, equipped with drawing and cutting utensils as well as "cosmic" educational toys.
A special attraction for the guests of the festival was a meeting with the first Pole in space - Mr. Mirosław Hermaszewski organized by PAK. Lecture of astronaut titled "Kosmos - dreams, reality", which inaugurated the festival, gathered a few hundred people. After the presentation, the audience had the opportunity to receive an autograph and take a commemorative photo of Mr. Mirosław Hermaszewski.
As part of the festival, there was a discussion panel entitled "Rover Challenge Workshops" organized by Mars Society Poland. One of the panelists was Przemysław Rudź - a specialist at the PAK Education Department. Discussions on the activities of student science circles dealing with the development of space technologies, including primarily assemblies building analogues of planetary rovers, were discussed. The panelists tried to determine what problems students have to realize their passions and how the possibilities of subsequent commercialization of student achievements are emerging. The discussion was attended by representatives of universities, industry and interested students themselves.