Two students both attending De La Salle College Sixth form, Birgu, recently participated in the International Wildlife Research Week organised by the foundation Swiss Youth in Science in Switzerland (SYiS).
Martina- Marie Pizzuto and Francesco Pavia were awarded the opportunity by placing second in the NSTF Malta Student Science Forum, a non-formal educational science programme, organised by the National Student Travel Foundation (NSTF), where they had to research and present a presentation on Nuclear Fusion.
The research week in the Swiss Alps provides 24 students from Switzerland and all over Europe the opportunity to learn and research in the alpine environment. During the week, the students conduct their own scientific study on any particular species of plants and animals found in the Swiss mountains.
Students also learn how to observe and collect data to enable them to answer a specific scientific question. Moreover, they analyse the data collected by using statistical methods and interpret their results. The final report would then be published on the Swiss Youth in Science Website.
At the end of the week, the students presented their research to the public in the common hall in Fuldera by discussing the project and the results obtained, therefore gaining a better understanding of the species researched during the study week. The Maltese students along with students from Switzerland and Sweden presented a study on the effects of different weather conditions on the Common Chaffinch birdsong.
The Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change sponsored the prize. The students presented the report of their research to the Hon. Minister Leo Brincat, who congratulated the students and pledged his support to NSTF and the students who take part in its non-formal educational programmes in the coming years.
The students would like to thank the Ministry, NSTF and SYiS for the opportunity, all coordinators and guides and all the students who participated in the research week for the unforgettable experience.