Pupils excel in activities

2015-04-30 13:46
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Bridge builders with facilitators Andre Takis and Brian Cockwell.

Photo: supplied Bridge builders with facilitators Andre Takis and Brian Cockwell.

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PUPILS from the Protec April holiday programme were kept busy with a number of activities including workshops over their rest period.

“In today’s world computer literacy is essential and our aim is to ensure that every Protec pupil is equipped with these vital skills,” said Marion Takis, Protec Tongaat manager.

Protec pupils who were not computer literate attended a beginners computer workshop where they learned Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and the Internet.

“It was a hugely enriching experience for pupils to now be able to access the wealth of knowledge available through the world wide web,” said Takis.

Several Grade 11 and 10 also participated in a bridge building workshop.

“The aim of Protec is to prepare young people, with the interest and ability, for successful entry into engineering, science and technological careers and this workshop gave the opportunity to test their skills and aptitude in engineering concepts,” said Takis.

She said that using strips of balsa wood and Pratley Quickset pupils designed and built a bridges that could carry a heavy load. The top two teams will participate in the SAICE KZN Schools Bridge Building Competition in August.

The Grade 11 pupils also participated in a water conservation workshop where they learned about the scarcity of water, properties of water, and the importance of conserving this valuable resource.

This interactive workshop involved a variety of fascinating experiments, video clips and presentations. They also enjoyed a visit from Science Centre who conducted practical demonstrations to explain concepts such as Newton’s second law and acceleration due to gravity.

The matrics focused on academic enrichment in math, physical science and life science. The highlight was a visit to UKZN Westville campus where they attended informative presentations by the college of Engineering, Science and Agriculture and the college of Health Sciences. This was followed by practical experiments in the chemistry lab to demonstrate the science concepts they are studying.

“These programmes are designed to prepare our pupils for successful entry into careers that need math and science such as engineering. As a non-profit organisation we are dependent on the generosity of our sponsors and it is thanks to them that we are able expose these young people to these exciting opportunities.”

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