SciFest - SciFest is an annual three day science festival for children in Uppsala with more than 8000 visitors.
In 2021, the festival will for the first time be purely digital in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This means that you can participate in any of the open excercises from the safety of your home.
Stay tuned for the opening of all free experiment presentations by following this link: upcoming SciFest 2021 events
Our projects at SciFest 2021
The Department of Information Technology will host two separate workshops during SciFest 2021: "Interactive Game with a Virtual Social Robot" (Social Robotics Lab) and "Find the cell - be a detective at the microscopy level" (TissUUmaps). Read more about each workshop in their description below.
Playing a game with a virtual robot - Social Robotics Lab
In this one-to-one activity, children will engage in an interactive game with a virtual robot. The goal of the game is to find a secret key hidden somewhere in a spaceship. The child and the robot will need to collaborate to find the key. The robot's name is Nikky, and it can communicate with people by using speech and facial expressions of emotion. This activity is an excellent opportunity for children to learn about robotic technology through an interactive game.
This workshop will be open for everyone over at SciFest.se
Find out more about their research on their website: Uppsala Social Robotics Lab
Find the cell - be a detective at the microscopy level - TissUUmaps
All cells in an individual have the same genetic code (DNA). The functions of a cell are determined by which genes are active, or read by and sent out from the cell nucleus as mRNA. If you look at cells through a microscope, you do not see much. But if you can see which mRNAs are in different places, you can also know which cells are there. We have built an interactive map, which works much like google maps. We call it TissUUmaps, and here we are going to play detectives!
Find out more about TissUUmaps on their website:TissUUmaps
The IT SciFest archive
Each year we participate in the Uppsala-based science festival "SciFest" and each year we have amazing workshops in a wide variety of subjects. We decided it was about time we had a way to show the history of our participation.
We have just started, this website will be updated as we go along, stay tuned for more pictures and information about future SciFest workshops.