Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank stated that they opened Turkey's largest and the first science center in the Mediterranean, in Antalya, and said, "This is a gigantic science complex with its technological equipment, applied workshops, interactive exhibitions and library." said.
Minister Varank inaugurated the Antalya Science Center and Science Festival (BİLİMFEST), which was established on an area of 12 square meters in DokumaPark with the cooperation of Kepez Municipality and TÜBİTAK. Varank brings Turkey's largest science center to the city kazandırmak noted that they came together to open the science and technology festival BİLİMFEST, which will be one of the most important events in the region. Reminding that they have established science centers in 6 provinces, namely Konya, Kocaeli, Kayseri, Bursa, Elazığ and Istanbul, Varank stated that the efforts to establish science centers in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Düzce and Denizli are continuing.
MASSIVE SCIENCE COMPLEX
“We are opening Turkey's largest science center and the Mediterranean's first science center in Antalya. This place has become a huge science complex with its technological equipment, hands-on workshops, interactive exhibitions and library.” Varank said that the center will offer hands-on workshop training in the fields of biology, chemistry, science, mathematics, astronomy, robotics, coding, woodwork and design. Emphasizing that young people will discover by observing, touching, hearing and trying, Varank said that thanks to entertaining and effective trainings, young people will experience a sense of curiosity and develop original ideas at a young age.
SCIENCE ENTHUSIASTS TOGETHER
Providing information about the center, Varank said, “There are Cemil Meriç Library, Botanic Park, City Museum, Martyrs Museum, Modern Art Gallery and Toy Museum on the Weaving Factory campus, which we are in now, apart from the science center. In other words, with its culture, architecture and thematic fiction, this place appeals not only to our youth, but also to everyone from 7 to 77. The best example of this is BİLİMFEST, which brings together science enthusiasts of all ages. At this festival, dozens of scientific events, workshops and exhibitions, competitions, stage shows, entertaining science shows and family games await our citizens from all over the region.” said.
DOMESTIC AND NATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES
Explaining that institutions such as Turkish Space Agency, TÜBİTAK, ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, ROKETSAN, TUSAŞ, TÜMOSAN also took part in BİLİMFEST, Varank said, “You will be able to watch the striking shows of our source of pride, Solo Türk and Turkish Stars in the sky. In addition, we exhibit our domestic and national technological products, which we are proud of, in the festival area, in order to inspire our youth. We want our young people to be inspired not by listening to the sad stories of our national projects that have been stopped in the past, but by seeing and touching the concrete achievements and products.” he said.
INVITATION TO BİLİMFEST
Varank invited the young people from the surrounding cities with their families to the Science Center and BİLİMFEST and said that the experience they will accumulate here will have a strong impact on their lives. Noting that the conferences and interviews by the experts will leave traces in the minds of the young people, Varank said, “Antalya Science Center and BİLİMFEST will contribute to the dissemination of our vision of the National Technology Move, and to the training of moral Turkish youth equipped with the skills of the age and the future, beneficial to humanity. You will see that there will be respected scientists of this country, successful engineers and original designers who will guide their field.” said.
Pointing out that success is a team game, Varank said, “Team play brings success, ecosystem brings. However, if we work together, we can take our country to the place it deserves, far beyond the level of contemporary civilizations. We all have certain responsibilities in this team game. Dear families and teachers, the most critical task is yours. We must instill the awareness of science and technology in our children.” used the expressions.
Referring to the vision of the "National Technology Move", Varank said, "We said that with this vision, Turkey should develop its own technology in the most advanced fields, train the most successful scientists, launch the biggest brands, produce the best product, and develop the most original design. For this reason, we carry out activities for all our students, from primary school to university age, with the understanding that the tree bends when it is wet.” said.
EXPERIENCE IN 55 CITIES
Noting that they have opened science centers in cities where everyone can go, Varank reported that Experiment Technology Workshops, where they provide training in fields such as design, robotics, coding, space and nanotechnology, serve in 55 provinces.
TEKNOFEST FIRE WILL BURN IN THE BLACK SEA
Bringing 42 international schools that train the best software developers around the world to Turkey. kazanVarank reminded that they are working on their own, “Now, with TEKNOFEST, which is a global brand, tens of thousands of teams and hundreds of thousands of young people are competing with their own developed rockets, electric and autonomous vehicles, UAVs, submarines and projects. I invite all our young people and their families to participate in TEKNOFEST 30, in Samsun, from 2022 August. This year, the fire of TEKNOFEST will burn in the Black Sea.” he said.
SKY OBSERVATION FESTIVAL
Noting that there are sky-observation activities that our children can attend with their families, Varank said, “We have now extended this activity, which we had done only in Saklıkent, to other cities of Anatolia. Children and their families who want to participate in our sky observation festivities can submit their applications until April 15.” used the expressions.
STAR PROGRAM APPLICATIONS STARTED
that they carry out the Intern Researcher Scholarship Program (STAR) through TÜBİTAK, and provide young people with experience in R&D projects carried out or supported by TÜBİTAK. kazanVarank explained that they have started to receive applications for the STAR program, where they will give scholarships to 2300 more students, as of today.
Minister Varank, President of TUBITAK Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, Rector of Akdeniz University Prof. Dr. Missing Özkan, Kepez Mayor Hakan Tütüncü, AK Party Antalya Deputies and protocol members opened the science center and the festival and toured the stands.