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May142018

ACS at the Athens Science Festival 2018

On April 25th, all fourth grade students participated in the "Athens Science Festival 2018" at the Technopolis City with their Green City project.

This is the first time the ACS takes part in this science festival, but more importantly, our fourth grade students were the only elementary school students presenting amongst a group of much older students.

Our students have designed and built a Green City. In their green city, houses use solar energy and wind energy. The machines also work on alternative and renewable forms of energy such as solar, wind water and biofuels. The Garbage is collected by a pneumatic crane, sent to pneumatic press by a robotic garbage truck and then recycled. For Public transport a hover train is used by the citizens of the green city.

For entertainment our students played the banana piano, had a show of electromagnetic dancers and challenged the visitors with the paper tube marble tracts.

According to the parents, teachers, festival organizers and all the visitors of their tables, the display of the Green City and the presentation of our students were the highlight of the festival.

Ms. Kassem wrote:
"When I received the program from the organizers and saw that the projects presented were by high school students, universities and research centers, I got worried. I felt that I am taking our little ones to the land of giants. Little did I know that our students were all the little "Jackies" and "Jacks"* who will be equal to the giants in their knowledge, creativity and intelligence.

It was phenomenal to observe "Giants" kneeling down to hear the presentation of the little ones but raising up again very high in awe and respect to the knowledge presented to them.

Our students presented their projects with confidence, eloquence and extreme kindness. It was very rewarding to hear them explaining their projects using the correct terminology and scientific concepts with such ease and flow.

"This is a machine (referring to a crane) that converts solar energy using a photovoltaic cell to electricity and kinetic energy."

"My machine uses wind energy and a wind generator to generate electricity".

"My machine uses a pneumatic system to compress air and then the potential energy is used to drive the crane and the elevator."

"I built a water turbine that generates electricity from water behind a dam. Water has lots of potential energy to generate electricity by turning the turbine of the hydroelectric power plant".

"My car produces zero transmission because it is a hydrogen car that uses electrolysis and reverse electrolysis to move the engine of the car."

"In our city all of our houses use solar energy, or chemical energy from potatoes, to power the houses with electricity. We collect garbage with robotic cranes, sort them and compress them, then send them off to recycling. Our public transport is an electromagnetic hover train".

"We play music with a banana piano, causing the dancers that have electromagnetic forces to spin endlessly. You can even try to make one yourselves! (Handing in a copper wire to visitors)". The paper tube marble ramps attracted lots of attention because it turned into a challenging game for the visitors.

When I started the program at the elementary school, my goal was to encourage our students not only to be the best scientists but also the best citizens they can be. This is how I realized that I am reaching my goal: Next to our station was a table for computer engineers with very impressive robots. One female scientist made robotic hands to play the piano. She told us that this could replace a piano teacher. When she visited our table she saw a similar, but much simpler mechanical and robotic gripping hands. But when she heard our students’ purpose for these hands, she was speechless. Our students had made these hands to help those who have lost their hands in an accident.

On this day, I remembered the quote of Antoine de Saint-Exupery "If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

I realized on that day that my actual role towards our children is simply to teach them to "long for the immensity of the sea", and nothing more.

*Adventures of Jack in the Land of the Giants

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