The regional round of the Festival of Science and Technology AMAVET took place at the Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice on the 13th of October 2016 - a competition like presentation of science and technology projects of students of ground and middle schools.
The events main organisers were AMAVET - Association for Youth, Science and Technology in Slovakia NGO, AMAVET club č. 849 in Košice, Private 8 year Middle school Dneperská 1 in Košice and Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice.
The Festival of Science and Technology is one of the main events as part of the Science and Technology Week in Slovakia, which is held under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the SR and under the patronage of the Slovak presidency in the Council of the European Union. It is a competition like presentation of science and technology projects of students of ground and middle schools, where the competitors present their research activities through panel or poster presentations. The students competed in categories: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electricity and Mechanics, Energy and Transportation, Environmental sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Geo-science, IT and Computer science, Medicine and Health-care, Social science.
The projects are juried by a panel of scientists and university teachers. This year’s head of jury was prof. Mgr. Jaroslav Hofierka, PhD., chief of the Institute of Geography of the FS PJŠU in Košice. Other employees of the faculty have also accepted membership on the jury:
109 competitors with 69 projects from the Košice and Prešov regions took part in the regional round of the Festival of Science and Technology AMAVET. The competitors were able to present their findings to attendees of the festival, their peers from middle school and to students and teachers at the Faculty of Science of the university. As part of the festival, several lectures were held and the participants had a chance to take a peek in the faculty’s laboratories.
The best projects were awarded with several prizes:
The jury also awarded Ing. Milana Buhajová from the Christian United School in Snina the Most Active Teacher Prize, for having mentored the greatest number of projects and Vilko Kubičár, 5th year student of the Spišská Nová Ves ground school, the Sympathy Prize.
This year students, teachers, scientists and other attendees were able to vote for the best projects, through an electronic voting system. Altogether 565 votes were submitted and the project with the most votes (161) received the Natural Scientists Prize, awarded by the Dean of the faculty.
The awarding of the AMAVET Prize represents the highest honour, since it enables projects to continue to the state finals in Bratislava. Altogether 26 projects received this prize, which shows the high standard of the presented projects.
Because the Faculty of Science recognises all, who are achievers in their out of school activities, all the students, who’s projects have made it to the AMAVET state finals received the Deans Letter of recommendation, which enables them to be accepted to the Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, under the condition that they complete their middle school studies successfully.
The festivals closing ceremony was attended and the awards were presented by JUDr. Marián Giba, vice-chairman of the Association for youth, science and technology, Ing. Kondor, representing the company GlobalLogic, Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Semanišin, PhD., dean of the Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Prof. Jaroslav Hofierka, PhD., head of the jury and Assist. Prof. Dušan Bosák, creator of the Private 8 year Middle school Dneperská 1, Košice.