West Coast learners explore basic sciences in the modern world
22 August 2022
The ArcelorMittal Foundation Saldanha Science Centre organised a host of activities aimed at promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation during National Science week from 01 to 06 August 2022.
The theme of this year’s National Science Week is “Celebrating the role of basic sciences in the modern world”.
National Science Week is an initiative led by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and managed by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).
The AMF Saldanha Science Centre developed a comprehensive programme for the week which focused on exposing learners to the world around them on the West Coast and in so doing enlightened them on the basic sciences in and around their environment. Xavier Lawrence, the Manager of the Saldanha Science Centre thanked the various stakeholders for their support. “We are grateful to SanParks, West Coast Fossil Park, !Kwha ttu Nature Reserve, SAPS Forensic Unit, the WCED and Circuit 3 Management and Professor Shaheed Hartley’s Advancing Knowledge NPC that conducted amazing Science Shows at eleven primary schools with which the Science Centre works with on a regular basis.”
“On Saturday, 06 August 2022 we rounded off the week with a sponsored excursion for learners to !Kwha ttu, a San indigenous reserve, to learn about our heritage through the San and how they applied basic sciences to everyday life in order to adapt and survive in their environment.”
While the learners were being exposed to indigenous life of the San, the rest of the Science Centre Staff together with some volunteers and marshals, entertained and enthralled the public at the West Coast Mall with numerous activities. “It was a sight to behold as the children and adults beamed with amazement during the Science Show facilitated by Siphosethu Legoabe, also known as Miss Fabulous!”
The Science Show offered activities and challenges for children as well as adults, including robotics, mathematical puzzles and exploring organisms through microscopes. “The activities were well received and thoroughly enjoyed,” Lawrence said. “There is no doubt that our diverse programme was a great success and proves that the ArcelorMittal Foundation NPC Saldanha Science Centre has meaningful influences in encouraging and exposing our learners to the wonderful world of STEMI and how important it is to develop 21st Century skills in an ever-changing environment.”