Science in action at the Exploratorium at the May 2015 Sofia Science Festival

Among the most popular drawcards at the 2015 Sofia Science Festival are sure to be the Exploratorium, where visitors will be able to see scientists performing hands-on experiments, and the “Zone 42” marquee where attractions will include the chance to meet real robots – and vintage Bulgarian-made Pravetz computers.

Admission to all events at the Exploratorium and at Zone 42 is free, but more than that, the events never fail to grip the interest and imagination of school-age children.

Events on the programmes for the Exploratorium and Zone 42, daily from 11am to 6pm on May 14 to 17, include a Geo Quiz, a presentation on Bulgaria’s caves, mathematical braintwisters, and presentations on colour and on flowers.

There will be a chance to hear more about the work being done by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and their super-microscope at the “What’s in your cells” presentation.

According to the programme, “you will be able to observe live the manipulation of human cells, see how damaged DNA can be restored in real time and discover how researchers are looking for ways to fight cancer”.

In the Zone 42 marquee, there will be the opportunity to encounter robots from the University of Edinburgh, and to try your hand at using some rather “ancient” Bulgarian-made Pravetz computers.

Further details about the Sofia Science Festival, which is to be held in the Bulgarian capital’s Zaimov (also known as Oborishte) Park, can be found on its Facebook page and at its website.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)



The Sofia Globe staff

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