"Energy for a Sustainable World" Science Fair at the Musasa Refugee Camp in Burundi

In commemoration of World Environment Day on June 5th, the Ideas Box team at the Musasa Refugee Camp in Burundi organized a science fair about different energy resources. Titled “Energy for a Sustainable World”, the science fair was held June 3rd-6th in partnership with the Institut Français of Burundi.

It was presented during French Ambassador Gerrit van Rossum’s visit to the camp this month.

Open to all, the science fair was attended by more than 140 people consisting of students, members of various committees involved in the camp, teachers, and refugee representatives. Important partners of the camp also visited the Ideas Box at the time of the science fair, including agents of ONPRA (Burundi’s National Office of Protection of Refugees and the Stateless), the IRC (International Rescue Committee), and COPED (Developing Countries Committee)

Comprised of 13 informational displays and 12 interactive experiments, the science fair allowed visitors to see the production of several energy sources and to interact with different science experiments. Some of the topics of the displays were the discovery of the hydrogen car, the impact of the greenhouse effect on the planet, the use of solar panels, and electric light bulbs. The science fair’s goal was to raise awareness of an individual’s role in protecting the environment and understanding the relationship between energy and development.