Vacation for the Knights in the Historic City of Birgu




Vacation for the Knights in the Historic City of Birgu

 

   

 

The magnificent City of Birgu, synonymous with the Knights of the Order of St John, transformed into a hands-on Science lab for St Margaret’s College primary students.

 

It was vacation time for the Knights, thus not possible for them to herald to the students the unusual transformation of their home city. The task was left to the somewhat simple folks not commonly cited in the lengthy history of the Malta. The church sexton, the galley cook, the often dreaded medieval alchemist and a World War II Pilot stranded on the island. It turned out to be a fair deal to let these individuals, in their traditional attire, to leave an imprint on the students’ memory.

 

During this unorthodox science week bearing the name of Science Meets History, held between Monday 26th and Friday 30th April 2010, students had the chance to carry out hands-on science experiments related to flight, food preservation, fire and the identification of acid levels in substances commonly used at home. It turned out to be a memorable experience for these young scientists who rambled along the city from one experiment station to the next. The sites of Couvre Porte, The Malta Maritime Museum, The Inquisitor’s Palace and the 1720 Tal-Kurcifiss Chapel were all accoutred with the necessary provisions and safety measures to take in these intellectually hungry youngsters.

 

The Science Centre Pembroke remains indebted to all those who made this event possible, namely Birgu Local Council Mayor Mr John Boxall Mayor, Heritage Mata, Archpriest Fr Joe Caruana and St Margaret’s College Principal Stephen Cachia. A special acknowledgement also goes to all participating schools. It is hoped that more initiatives of this kind are undertaken for the popularisation of science among local students.