During the 17th and 18th of September GalileoMobile participated in the International Africa Café Sci Conference “Engaging Young People in
Science and Technology”, which was held at the Ndere Cultural Centre in Kampala, Uganda. Delegates from six African countries (Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania), local authorities, researches, teachers, students and three GalileoMobile team members attended the conference, amounting to 160 participants.
We were invited to give three talks: an overview of GalileoMobile, a talk about the uniqueness of our planet and a demonstration to teachers and students of the GalileoMobile handbook of activities. Apart from our talks, students attended Café Sci sessions, exhibited some of their school experiments, learned about robotics with the Fundi Bots project, recited poetry, performed a roll play and got to know about the Kiira EV electric car during a visit to the Makerere University.
The GalileoMobile team along with local speakers, teachers and researches had the mission to awaken the curiosity to science and technology of students coming from 17 schools. This seems to have worked well. The spark in the students eyes, the hands raised constantly to ask for questions and the eager to meet the speakers had proven the success of the event.
Our astronomy lessons were also very high rated. The students were so full of questions that another slot of time was given to GalileoMobile to only answer questions.
Spearheading this joyful and inspiring conference is Betty Kituyi, from the Café Sci Uganda, who is deeply supported by Duncan Dallas the coordinator of the worldwide organisation Café Sci, who also attended the event. GalileoMobile felt honored to share the stage with both of them and help to quench the students thirst for knowledge.