May is known as the month of family in Korea. Family events are held all over the country, and people are busy preparing for their own events or buying presents for their families. Among the events open to public, children centered events account for the majority.
Creativity Festival for Children is the event not to be missed for children. It is an annual event organized by Creativity Institute on the campus of Soongsil University in Seoul. This year marks the 18th event, and it is visited by over 2000 people including kids and parents each year.
With the aim of promoting mathematics to children as a way of entertainment, this festival was launched by mathematics professors of Soongsil University in 1999. Nowadays, this event is a traditional event for mathematics students of Soongsil University, since they are engaged in preparing and running the math activity booths.
Not only are the math students, but also students of the College of Nature Sciences including statistics and actuarial science, physics, chemistry, and medical-biosystematics majors are involved.
Along with hands-on activities in math and other sciences, students of Soongsil University will implement creative car exhibition, robot demonstrations, and performances of dance, music and magic. The festival is filled with diverse events like air bounce playground, 3D printer experience zone, and flying drones.
Sunwook Hwang, professor of Soongsil University and co-director of Soongsil Creativity Institute, says “It is an annual event that we host on children’s day. We hope children get more interested in nature sciences and develop thinking skills through hands-on activities at the festival.”
The event starts at 10 in the morning and ends at 4 in the afternoon. There is no entrance fee, and all the activities are free. Children get one stamp each time they participate in an activity. Children who receive 12 stamps get souvenirs offered by sponsors.