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About Sci-TechknoFest

NIHERST’s Sci-TechKnoFest is BACK from March 21st to 27th 2022, and we hope you’re ready to be immersed into the exciting world of science, technology & innovation! Sci-TechKnoFest2.0 (STKF 2.0) is designed to include a hybrid mix of online and in-person experiences which are sure to engage and entertain attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

Through the kind sponsorship of our Platinum Social Investment Partner, Shell Trinidad and Tobago Ltd., and other corporate partners, NIHERST’s STKF 2.0 will bring citizens together to celebrate the wonders of science, technology, and innovation. Our festival promises to bring greater public awareness and understanding of advancements in science, technology, and innovation, its impact on our everyday life and well-being, and its vital role in promoting economic prosperity, social progress, and environmental sustainability. To accomplish this, entertaining and thought-provoking experiences will engage audiences in a variety of science and technology content and topics, including our festival’s theme – The Deep Tech Revolution.

We’re living in an ever-evolving time of development in science, technology, and innovation. The rapid advancement of technology is creating opportunities for all countries to transform and become more creative and innovative in building a better society. The demand for science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STREAM) skills is also accelerating. STKF 2.0 will highlight general STREAM areas and create a unique environment that promotes awareness of Deep Techs and the emerging technologies they power. It’s our future and it’s useful for us to know how we could all prepare for and benefit from The Deep Tech Revolution and to understand the radical effects it will bring to our lives. COVID-19 has already expedited these changes, rapidly increasing the crucial role advanced technology will play in our lives.

The time is NOW for digital transformation and leveraging the use of Deep Tech applications…  Are you ready to STREAM into the Future?

To learn more about STKF 2.0 and our theme, The Deep Tech Revolution, click here.

Festival Booths

Learn all about 3D printing and explore some of its real-life applications. Go on a video tour of the NIHERST Fab Lab and learn how our Innovation Technicians bring ideas to life. Also interact with a unique cloud-based experience that shows you the application of 3D printing in medicine!

3D Lab

Love gardening and animals? Stop by this area to explore useful DIY practices and techniques that encourage you to develop your own at-home gardens. Learn about some of the latest developments in farming technologies, agro-processing and how NIHERST is contributing to the agricultural landscape.


Brain Rush explores the anatomy and physiology of the human brain. Experience a wide range of games and activities which puts your brain to full use. Believe it – play develops your brain in unique ways. Join us as we explore the power of the human brain!

Brain Rush

Sustainable You! Discover what it means to be sustainable through fun, interactive activities based around the five major areas of sustainability: land, air, food, energy, and water. Use your powers to manipulate renewable energy sources and fuel Earth with clean energy that never runs out, responsibly manage natural resources, explore biodiversity and the beauty of Earth’s flora and fauna, and learn about how NIHERST is contributing to sustainability.

Eco Den

Step into the world of Forensic Science and learn the basics, from how your fingerprints make you unique to full-scale criminal investigative techniques to uncover whodunit. Let us teach you the skills needed to catch the culprit!

Get a Clue! Explore Forensics

Health is wealth! Stop by and explore the anatomy of the human body, and the effects of diet, exercise, and drug abuse. Learn about the importance of healthy eating, how to create a balanced meal, lifestyle diseases and see cutting-edge imagery of the effect of COVID-19 on the human body.

Healthy Lifestyles

Tailored for our younger attendees, Kidiplay is packed with activities that’s sure keep them busy with hands-on, easy-to-do projects at home. Use our videos and downloadable resources to explore a variety of topics such as colour mixing, shapes and astronomy… And we’ve put together a fleet of exciting games to sharpen those problem-solving skills!


Don’t miss out on a wonderful astronomy experience when NIHERST’s Planetarium goes virtual to take you on a journey through space!


The dream of “quantum computing” is here – humans have the power to harness the power of quantum-level mechanics in order to create computers far faster and more powerful than any available today on the general consumer market. Learn the fundamentals and how close we are to making this a reality!

Quantum Computing

Why do we call it the Raging Planet? Learn about the hazards of natural disasters. You never know when one will hit so be prepared. Learn how create a disaster emergency kit of your own, explore the world of seismology and much more!

Raging Planet

This video series gives you a look inside NSC’s Robomania Lab and shows you some of the most popular, interesting robots that are available on the market – tactical robot, phantom 3 drone, Roomba robotic vacuum, EV3 robotics kit, NAO humanoid robot and Baxter manufacturing robot. Learn about the features of the various robots that make them unique for their various functions.


Is it okay to drink and drive? How about using cell phones while driving? This area promotes and encourages the safe use of roads by all of its users: drivers and pedestrians. Learn about good judgement, the importance of pedestrian safety and how various technologies in the automotive industry can improve driver and passenger safety in vehicles.

Self-Driving Cars? Oh My!

Join us on the Shell STREAM Bus where we will be streaming fun-based learning like never before. During our highly interactive sessions, we’ll help students bridge the knowledge gap between their classroom experience and the world of work with our on-demand videos and downloadable resources. BUS: Bringing Unrivalled Service!

Shell STREAM Bus

We’re exploring storytelling so be ready to think outside the box! Storytelling doesn't have to mean writing with a pencil and paper or drawing picture – let’s get digital! Digital storytelling involves combining digital media (images, voice narration, music, text, or motion) to tell a story. Craft and share your very own stories in fun, creative and unusual ways. Get ready for an experience that’s magical, transformative, and a lot of fun!

Story Alive

1F Y0U C4N R3AD TH15, Y0U AR3 T3CH R3ADY. NIHERST takes you on a journey through deep techs in this area. Lots of resources and gaming experiences for you to grasp how these technologies work and impact us, to sharpen your coding and programming skills, and to help you understand the importance of digital wellness and wellbeing.

Totally Tech & Virtual World


And Much More







Frequently Asked Questions

First held in 1997, NIHERST Sci-TechKnoFest (STKF) has grown into the English-speaking Caribbean’s biggest and most spectacular science festival. The festival utilises entertaining and thought-provoking methods to educate the public on selected aspects of science and technology based on a chosen theme. STKF showcases local creativity and scientific ingenuity as an avenue to promote confidence and pride in our own creative abilities and empower more of our people to engage in invention and innovation.  

The general goal of the programme is to promote greater public awareness and understanding of science, technology, and innovation, its impact on our everyday life and well-being, and its vital role in promoting economic prosperity, social progress and environmental sustainability.

Science festivals such as STKF bring citizens together to celebrate science, technology, and innovation, and its importance in socio-economic development and our everyday life. The rapid advancement of technology is putting pressure on all countries to transform and become more innovative and creative. Moreover, the demand for science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STREAM) skills is accelerating at a fast rate. Now more than ever it is important to promote STREAM careers among citizens. STKF festivals have proven over the years that they have contributed to increasing the public knowledge, engagement, and appreciation of science, technology, and innovation, and promoting sustainable behaviours and practices.

STKF 2.0 is the first virtual iteration of the traditional festival. Historically staged as an in-person experience, STKF 2.0 stands apart from its predecessors as the festival undertakes a pivot from its traditional means to delivery via a virtual event platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

STKF 2.0 is powered by our Platinum Social Investment Partner, Shell Trinidad and Tobago Ltd., and other corporate partners.

21st – 27th March 2022

The theme for STKF 2.0 is The Deep Tech Revolution. In addition to its classic communication of educational content in STREAM areas, STKF 2.0 will highlight and provide a space for discussions and education about Deep Tech and the emerging technologies it powers; identifying how we could all prepare for and benefit from understanding the radical effects it will bring to our lives. COVID-19 has expedited these changes, rapidly increasing the crucial role advanced technology will play in our lives. Now is the time for digital transformation and leveraging the use of Deep Tech applications.

The 2020 global pandemic of COVID-19 changed our lives and the world we live in forever. This historical pandemic has accelerated the demand for technology in multiple fields and industries and triggered approaches on how we can optimise the use of technology to accommodate the needs of this new world, as the way we work, travel, communicate, and spend time will never be the same again. It’s important to imagine the world we may find ourselves in, in the very near future…

According to MIT Deep Tech Bootcamp co-founder, Joshua Siegel: “A ‘Deep’ Technology was impossible yesterday, is barely feasible today, and may soon become so pervasive and impactful that it is difficult to remember life without. Deep Tech solutions are reimaginations of fundamental capabilities that are faithful to real and significant problems or opportunities, rather than to any one discipline.”

Deep Tech movements include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – A machine-based system that can, for a given set of human-defined objectives, make predictions, recommendations, or decisions influencing real or virtual environments. ( OECD 2019)
  • Extended Reality (XR) – An umbrella term for all technologies that extend the reality we experience by either blending the virtual and “real” worlds or by creating a fully immersive experience – augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR). (Forbes 2019)
  • 3D Printing – Also known as additive manufacturing, it is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) – A term which describes physical objects that are embedded with technologies which enable them to connect and exchange data with other devices over the Internet, without the active involvement of individuals.
  • Blockchain – A form of distributed ledger technology that acts as an open and trusted record of transactions from one party to another (or multiple parties) that is not stored by a central authority. ( OECD 2018)
  • Autonomous Vehicles – Self-driving, driverless or robot cars that can sense their environment and move safely with little or no human input.
  • Quantum Computing – The exploitation of collective properties of quantum states, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform computation. The devices that perform quantum computations are known as quantum computers.

The beginnings of these revolutions are already here – they’re happening around us right now. The emerging technologies produced out of their applications are gradually integrating themselves into our daily lives. They are transforming how we will function in the next decade: manufacturing will change, as will agriculture, sales, design, logistics, finance, medicine, work, life – everything. We live in a world increasingly dominated by technology and those who recognise that this is where the opportunities lie, will succeed.

STKF 2.0 is FREE and OPEN to all audiences.
STKF 2.0 is a hybrid event. Most of the festival experience will be online via the STKF 2.0 event platform, but there are a few pop-up in-person experiences planned. Click here for further details.

STKF 2.0 is filled with a variety of experiences. 

Festival Booths 

Content on-demand right at your fingertips! Festival Booths on the STKF 2.0 event platform will host a variety of science, technology and innovation topics provided by NIHERST and its partners. Content includes videos, brochures, activities, games, and ability to live-chat with booth providers. Take a peek at some of our exciting booths here.

TechKno Theatre Feature Presentations 

A variety of daily livestream sessions on the STKF 2.0 event platform. Presentations include technical SciTalk discussions and panels, family-friendly Science Shows and Demonstrations, Read-along and Storytelling, and popular entertainment. See full daily schedules here and register today!

STREAM Workshops 

Daily 30–90-minute interactive workshop sessions offering a deeper dive into a variety of STREAM topics and content including robotics, artificial intelligence, music production, animation, game design, 3d printing, coding, and much more – presented by the NIHERST, Shell STREAM Programme and other engaging festival partners. See full daily schedules here and register today!

In-person Experiences 

We’re coming to a NALIS Public Library near you! Experience Virtual Reality, engaging science demonstrations, festival livestreams and some of our popular exhibits! Be sure to submit your contact information here.


Become the ultimate Festival Explorer by conquering our virtual Leaderboard, Scavenger Hunt! There’s more; sign up here for our remote Scavenger Hunt and Virtual Escape Room experiences! There are many prizes to be won so make sure you bring your A-game and wear your thinking caps!

Yes! Some STKF 2.0 experiences require special bookings due to limited capacity. Use the “Click Here to Register” button to sign up for those that interest you!
The full TechKno Theatre schedule can be seen here.
Yes. Following all livestream TechKno Theatre presentations, recordings will be available for on-demand viewing on the STKF 2.0 event platform.
The full STREAM Workshops schedule can be seen here.
During the festival live period (21st – 27th March), click the Login button and enter the email address that you used to register. No worries, we’ll also send you an email reminder!
Yes! The STKF 2.0 event platform will be accessible to registered festival attendees for one (1) month following the festival. During this month you will still be able to view videos and download resources you may have missed during the live festival week.
Email us at or visit the Info Desk in the STKF 2.0 event platform

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