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Science Week 2018

June 2018 News

Science Week 2018 will be taking place from 29 May to 6 June 2018 at the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Pretoria and in Johannesburg, with an open workshop day on Saturday 2 June for parents and the public. This follows on the success of the inaugural event that was held in 2016, which reached over 2000 learners. The vision is to create awareness of science and technology in a fun, exciting and hands-on learning environment for learners between kindergarten and grade 12. The aim of this initiative is:

• To plant the seed of curiosity in children

• To expose them to a world of science and technology that is not available in schools

• To show them how science and technology make up the very fabric of our lives

• To bring industry and education together at a grass roots level to create experiments and projects broadening their minds

A wide range of companies and institutions were involved in Science Week 2016, including Siemens, Hytec, Festo, ABB, Sasol, CSIR and BMW. Over 33 institutions took part, with themes including coding, technology, energy, applied science, biology, chemistry and maths. The 2016 event served as an outreach programme promoting a STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) in partnership with the Deutsche Internationale Schule.

Science Week 2018 will involve around 3250 children, including 1250 from Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Soweto. The number of companies involved on a programme content level will be increased, ensuring that there is enough programme content for all learners. Financial and programme content sponsors are currently being sought.

The next step is the development of a cutting edge centre of excellence in science and technology that will enable learners to follow a hands-on project-based curriculum which is above and beyond that offered in the school environment. This Technology Centre will have a modular-based design with a two-phase development. The concept is currently being created on paper, with design and cost possibilities.

For more information contact Anne Waldek-Thill, +27 (0)71 410 0227, aswaldek@yahoo.com, www.science-week.co.za





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