The HK SciFest 2023, an event organised to promote popular science, is being held at the Hong Kong Science Museum until April 16. Over the course of two weeks, schoolchildren and adults can participate in more than 140 activities based on the theme ‘Science Around You’.

Some highlights of the event include assembling graffiti robots, making lava lamps, and racing RC cars. Participants will also get the chance to attend demonstrations to show how science affects our everyday lives. Here are some of the most interesting workshops and shows at the festival.

Graffiti Robot DIY

Learn how to assemble your own robot that can doodle and create patterns on paper.
Learn how to assemble your own robot that can doodle and create patterns on paper (© Academy for Bright Future Young Engineers, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Schoolchildren will get the chance to assemble their own electronic robots that can draw basic geometric shapes or doodle a picture by moving forward and backward, and turning. This will help participants learn basic mechanics in a creative way. Registration for this event opens 45 minutes before each session.

When: 3pm-3.30pm, 3.45-4.15pm & 4.30pm-5pm, April 3 & 4

Where: Activity Room, 1/F, Hong Kong Science Museum

Price: Free

Colourful Nature

Discover how colours are formed in nature and how organisms use them.
Discover how colours are formed in nature and how organisms use them (© Hong Kong Science Museum)

This workshop will show participants how colours are formed in nature and how organisms use them by demonstrating two colour-producing mechanisms: pigmentary and structural colours. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis.

When: 2pm-2.30pm & 3pm-3.30pm, April 8

Where: Nature Lab, Biodiversity Gallery, G/F, Hong Kong Science Museum

Price: Free

The Magical Maths and Science Show

Learn about the magic of maths and science at a fun family event.
Learn about the magic of maths and science at a fun family event (© Croucher Science Week)

Discover the magic of maths and science with the entire family, courtesy Eddie Goldstein and Ana Yau. The duo will use fun and unique ways to show the audience how hearing changes with age, what scientific forces can flip water upside down, how to appear to move coins from one hand to another, and more. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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When: 2pm-3pm & 4pm-5pm, April 9

Where: Lecture Hall, 1/F, Hong Kong Science Museum

Price: Free

Popping Fruit Bubbles Workshop

Learn the technique of chemical encapsulation by making different types of fruit juice bubbles.
Understand the technique of chemical encapsulation by making different types of fruit juice bubbles (© Wallpaperflare)

Participants will learn the technique of chemical encapsulation, which is used in molecular cuisine, by making different types of fruit juice bubbles. The workshop is for students aged 8-14, each of whom must be accompanied by an adult. 

When: 2.30pm-3.30pm & 4.30pm-5.30pm, April 16

Where: Laboratory, G/F, Hong Kong Science Museum

Price: Free

Magic Lava Lamp

Make your own lava lamp and understand the concept of density.
Make your own lava lamp and understand the concept of density (© yaoinlove via Canva)

Mesmerizing lava lamps actually provide a model of the goings-on in the Earth’s mantle and demonstrate the convection currents that are the driving force of plate movement. Those who sign up for this workshop will learn how to make their own lava lamps and learn about the concept of density. It is suitable for children aged 4-10, each of whom must come with a parent.

When: 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm, April 16

Where: Discovery Corner, Earth Science Gallery, 1/F, Hong Kong Science Museum

Price: Free

RC Car Tournament

Kids can develop their hand-brain coordination at this workshop.
Kids can develop their hand-brain coordination at this workshop (© Popular Science Education Foundation Limited)

Kids aged 6-12 years old can experience the fun of participating in an RC car workshop and matches, all while developing their hand-brain coordination. Registration opens 45 minutes before the workshop and parents are free to accompany their children.

When: 12pm-1pm, 2pm-3pm, April 16
Where: Classroom, G/F, Hong Kong Science Museum
Price: HK$50
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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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