Humans have walked on the Moon and sent robots to Mars. We have developed medicines that cure diseases, and smartphones that let us talk with someone on the other side of the planet. Just 100 years ago, people could only dream of these things, but scientific discovery has made them possible, and continues to make more and more possible every day.
With the theme “Impossible to Possible”, this year’s Science Alive at the Hong Kong Science Museum is all about the incredible leaps science has allowed us to make.
Jointly organised by the British Council, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Education Bureau, and Hong Kong Education City Limited, this two-week celebration of all things science has a fully packed schedule of talks, workshops and interactive activities running from March 5-18.
We’ve put together a list of five things we recommend checking out.
This presentation is all about you. Specifically, your body and what’s going on inside of it. Ever wondered how your body turns food into fuel? Or why certain foods make you fart? This interactive show will answer all these questions and more, covering all the incredible things our bodies do on a daily basis, how technology can replace parts of our bodies, and whether it is possible to live forever.
Monday March 7, 2-3pm and 4-5pm
Tony Stark made his Iron Man suit by being a scientific genius, but how realistic are superheroes? Would it ever be possible for people to have superpowers like X-ray vision, invisibility, or mind-reading? This session lets you see how science has made some superpowers possible, with stations which let you try out some superpowers for yourself.
Tuesday March 15, 2-3.30pm and Friday March 18 11am-12.30pm
Has science really helped us become better as humans? Or will scientific discovery lead to the end of humanity as we know it? This is the question that students will try to answer in the debate “Science: Humanity’s Friend or Foe?” Listen to students from across Hong Kong question the progress of the modern world, and see if they can convince you.
Wednesday March 16, 4.30-6pm
FameLab Grand Final
This is the finals for the FameLab competition, where contestants must present a scientific topic in the most engaging way possible in only three minutes. The goal for the presentations is to engage and excite the audience, and inspire the public to get involved with scientific innovations. Join the audience and help vote for your favourite presentation for the Audience Choice Award.
Saturday March 12, 4-6pm
Tissue engineering: made-to-measure organs
Everyone is getting excited about the possibilities with 3D printing. Imagine being able to print your own toys, furniture, or even food. But Dr Helen Colley has a different idea: she wants to 3D print organs for your body. Learn how research is progressing to allow us to print out a new liver, lung, or heart and what this means for the future of medicine.
Wednesday March 9, 4-5.15pm and Thursday March 10, 2-3.15pm