Science whizzes from ACS Athens made a huge splash at both the Athens Science Festival and the Anatolia College Science & Technology Annual Conference (ACSTAC) this April!

Festival Fun: Held at Technopolis, the Athens Science Festival showcased all those significant changes that mark our lives today and open new horizons. The central theme of the Festival, “Tales of Change,” Science, Innovation, and  Technology, was at the heart of this celebration, connecting visitors of all ages to a unique interactive journey of knowledge and entertainment.

ACS Athens sent a brainy bunch of over 50 Middle and High School students, split into five teams, along with their teachers, Dr. Prodromidi, Ms. Chamosfakidis, Dr. Kerkines, Mr. Arsenikos, Mr. Thymianos, Ms. Bakoyannis, Ms. Theofilou, and Ms. Poulou, who showcased a variety of impressive projects.  

This included:

“Mind in Motion: Exploring the Neurobiology of Behavior" workshop exploring the connection between biology and psychology, fostering a deeper understanding of the interplay between biological processes and psychological phenomena, inspiring curiosity and critical thinking conducted by 9th-11th grade students.

Igniting Change - The ACS Athens Curious Chemists - The “Curious Chemists” impressed visitors with more than 20 mind-blowing experiments during a day filled with curiosity, exploration, and tons of "whoa!" moments. Some of the experiments performed were: Magic beakers, Flash paper, Dancing Flames, Whoosh bottle, Hot Ice, Silver Mirror, Iodine Clock, Elephant Toothpaste, Genie in a Bottle and many more.

Historical Experiments - Students recreated variations of historical experiments in Chemistry, such as Antoine Lavoisier’s combustion and mass experiments and Alessandro Volta’s voltaic pile battery, and they explained how a Bunsen burner revolutionized experimental Chemistry.

“Building the Rube Goldberg Machine” Middle school students presented how the simple task of dropping a ball in a bucket can become a little more complex using a sequence of simple machines with their design of the “self-operating ball dropper” Rube Goldberg Machine. 

S.M.A.L.L. Sat Team - With a name standing for "Smart Magnetometer Active Location Landing Satellite," this club embodies the spirit of curiosity and ambition in the field of aerospace engineering. Their CanSat initiative involves designing, building, and launching miniature satellites encapsulated within the size of a soda can, pushing the boundaries of what's possible with limited resources.

Team Lancers Racing Team - The Lancers Racing Team is a powerhouse of ingenuity and speed, poised to dominate the F1 in Schools competition with their cutting-edge approach to racing technology. Composed of determined students of 7th and 8th grade with a shared passion for engineering and motorsports, this team is driven by the pursuit of excellence on and off the track. With meticulous attention to detail, they craft aerodynamic masterpieces and employ state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to push the boundaries of speed and performance.

ACSTAC Attack: Meanwhile, a separate team of 11th graders traveled to Thessaloniki for ACSTAC, a prestigious science conference. These brainiacs presented two incredible projects: "Niki the AI Robot," designed to revolutionize education with its innovative humanoid form and AI-powered language learning capabilities, and "SmartSort," an AI-powered smart trash can that promotes sustainable waste management.
ACS Athens is so proud of all our amazing student scientists! Their dedication, creativity, and passion for science are truly inspiring. Here's to many more future science festivals and conferences filled with ACS Athens brilliance!