Science centre launches in Observatory

2013-02-27 14:33

(Jason Hudson)

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Cape Town – The Cape Town Science Centre, previously known as the MTN Science Centre which was situated at the Canal Walk shopping centre, was re-launched in Observatory on Tuesday evening.

Julie Cleverdon, director of the science centre, told News24 the reason they moved is that Observatory and the new building is so attractive.

"As a science centre it's location is far more accesible to all our communities. It is central, situated just in front of Groote Schuur Hospital on the Main Road which is a main bus and taxi route. Observatory station is just a five minute walk away and schools are already using the train in off-peak periods to travel to the centre, which is very encouraging."

She said the centre opened its doors in Observatory on 28 December 2011.

"It's been a hectic and very pleasing first year and we finally stopped to take a breath and celebrate last night."

The Science Centre was established in 2000 and is the only interactive ‘hands-on” facility in Cape Town that is dedicated to the public understanding and education of science and technology, for both young and old. It serves both the informal and formal education sectors through its many activities as well a mobile outreach vehicle. 

“Over 70 000 visitors have had the opportunity to experience the new venue since our move, of which almost 20 000 have been visiting school groups. Our visitors are delighted with the new venue, which bodes well for our future as we continue to grow into this new building and establish new partners and sponsors,” Cleverdon said.

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