Ithra launches “PiCon” Science Communication Program
The five-day event offers inspiring dialogues, baffling riddles, and scientific experiments with international and local specialists to support young people’s thirst for knowledge.
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has opened registration for its first PiCon science communication program, which will run from March 10-14, 2021.
The program is held to coincide with International Pi Day (March 14) and will provide an opportunity for tech enthusiasts and creative individuals alike.
PiCon is designed to enhance the understanding and communication of science, mathematics, technology, and innovation with a stellar lineup of speakers, who will take part virtually.
Mishaal Al-Shemimry, an aviation engineer, will talk about interplanetary travel and provide participants with an overview of the various types of rockets, as well as her own experience in developing propulsion systems.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield will focus on space science and his experience with the International Space Station, while Professor Brian Greene, an American theoretical physicist, will introduce some of the wonders of science.
Diana Alsindy, a specialist in rocket propulsion systems, will discuss working in the space sector. There will also be a session containing a film screening where engineer Rakan Al-Shaya will discuss the positioning of science in cinema.
PiCon will also include a series of interactive presentations and experiences, including a robot barista serving coffee and the “Maestro Robot” playing musical instruments.
There will also be riddles and tasks focused on stimulating the audience’s interest in science and building cognitive skills.