How is your time machine?
Everyone of us certainly imagined in his/her childhood what it would be like to have one's own time machine. Travel in time to the future and see the achievements of that time. To be able to experience the fascinating developments of science and technology, or vice versa, travel to the past and influence the present.
The time machine was the assignment for young artists in the art competition within the scope of this year's Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia 2016. The art competition themed “Time Machine” was intended for pupils from 11 to 16 years old. Their task was to create artistic depictions of their ideas about time machine and their visions concerning the change of science and technology in space and time. Sára from Stará Ľubovňa considers cell phone to be a time machine. In her work 'The development of cell phone', which ranked 1st in the 1st category of the art competition, she expressed her view on the development of the cell phone since 19th century until today with the combination of graphic techniques. As she says, the cell phone has been developing, changing in time and adapting to the needs of people since its inception in the 19th century. Sára is pleased that thanks to this invention, we can not only make phone calls, but we can also use it for learning. Smartphone's functions allow us to use the internet wherever we are to find interesting facts from history, geography, or natural sciences. Christián from Lozorno awarded with the 2nd place in the 2nd category of the art competition depicted his time machine in the work ´Time machine – past, present, future´. He used his imagination to express his vision of the technical history of automobilism and construction. Christián explains his vision of the automobile of the future: “It could be a car powered by solar energy and it will fly at the speed of light…“ However, not everyone is eager to look to the future at the idea of a time machine. Adrián from Vrbové is attracted by the idea of using the time machine for transferring to the period of the industrial revolution in order to accelerate the development of science and technology. He managed to win the 1st place in the 2nd category of the art competition with the work ´Research institute of time´.
Science under the microscope
A photo contest themed “Science under the microscope”, which had students of secondary schools, colleges and PhD students realise and present their views on science through the microscope also ran within the WST 2016.
Viktória from Zvolen ranked first in the category of secondary school students with the photo ´Vitamin C´. She photographed the crystallised vitamin C in a thin layer on a glass place sandwiched between two polarising filters in polarised light. The photo was taken through a simple school microscope, which has been converted to polarised light microscope. The crystals’ shapes resemble the tree twigs and they appear colourful in the polarised light. The photo was created for the project, which examined crystals of a few chemicals, medicines and vitamins in polarised light. The crystals of vitamin C attracted Viktória’s interest so much that she decided to send them to the competition. In the category of college and PhD students, the photo that attracted the biggest interest was the one from veterinary student Tomáš from Košice. In the photo entitled ´Curious science´, he captured a white mouse examining the microscope. As he says: “There would be no advancement in science without these nice creatures, so we would like to thank them for everything...“. Tomáš decided to study veterinary medicine because he has always enjoyed biology. ”I’m fascinated by how the body works as a whole and I can’t describe how I’m fascinated by diseases. I want to know how they come into existence, how they develop and especially how to treat them. It’s not only about the animals as such. I want to know how the life and the world works and what is our meaning, because I do not believe that life as it is now came into existence by chance and without a reason.“ Explains Tomáš and adds with humour: “And I look good in the white coat“.
Record number of works
In both competitions, the objective was to increase the interest of students in science and technology, scientific research and popularisation of science and technology in Slovakia. All interested could send their works until 14 October 2016. The evaluation committee has had truly difficult task this year during the evaluation and selection of the winners, as there was record-breaking 736 works submitted for the art competition and 89 students competed with their photos. Submitted works have been evaluated by the expert committee, consisting of representatives of the announcer of the competition, Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society, and the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic.
The awards ceremony
The creators of the best works have met at the awards ceremony of the art and photographic competition within the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia 2016, organised by the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information and the National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society. The awards ceremony took place on 10 November 2016 in the Incheba Expo Bratislava. Students, accompanied by their teachers or parents, were welcomed by the band Dyin´Breed, which made the overall atmosphere of the ceremony more pleasant. After the initial music intro, the event moderator greeted all present guests, including representatives of the competition announcers and the main partners of the Week of Science and Technology 2016. Namely, she welcomed the representatives of Slovenské elektrárne, joint-stock company, which provided the prizes for the competition and we thank them warmly for that.
Results of the art and photo competition
Art competition 1st category (pupils - 11-13 years old):
1st place: Sára from Stará Ľubovňa with work The development of cell phone
2nd place: Johana from Banská Bystrics with work Time machine
3rd place: Ema from Michalovce with work My brain – time machine. In her work, she imagined she can control the time with her mind.
Art competition 2nd category (pupils – 14-16 years old):
1st place: Adrián from Vrbové with work Research institute of time
2nd place: Christián from Lozorno with work Time machine – past, present, future
3rd place: Laura from Banská Bystrica with work Welcome future – time machine. In her work, she depicted a new reality among people and robots.
Photographic competition 1st category (secondary school students):
Winner: Viktória from Zvolen with work Vitamine C
Photographic competition 2nd category (university and PhD students):
Winner: Tomáš from Košice with work Curious science
Compiled by: Martina Pitlová, NCP SaT within SCSTI
Photo: authors of works
Published by: ZVČ
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07. Nov. 2016