Fun activities for July holiday

2016-07-21 06:00
The pupils are seen with the steam car. Photo: supplied

The pupils are seen with the steam car. Photo: supplied

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THE school holidays were jam-packed with exciting activities for Protec pupils, who participated in a variety of workshops.

Grade 10 and Grade 11 pupils chose between steam cars and bridge building. For the steam car workshop pupils used kits designed by Professor Binden from the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at UKZN, while the bridge builders designed and built bridges using strips of balsa wood and Pratley Quickset.

The three teams with the strongest bridges will participate in the SAICE KZN inter-schools competition on 4 August.

“In addition to applying math and physical science concepts in a practical and fun way, these workshops develop good team work, problem solving and communication skills. They also enable pupils to test their skills and aptitude in engineering and increase their understanding of technology and the environment,” said Protec Tongaat manager, Marion Takis.

The Grade 12 pupils focused on their studies attending enrichment classes in math and physical science, life science and accounting.

The UKZN Science Centre also conducted­ practical activities with their pupils.

Grade 10 pupils focused on the heating and cooling curve of water. Grade 11 pupils did Ohm’s Law while Grade 12 pupils looked at the internal resistance of a battery.

Protec also ran a Grade 9 intervention programme to prepare pupils for entry into Protec next year.

The pupils attended a week of extra lessons in maths, English and life skills.

Pupils with potential will be identified to attend Protec Saturday school classes in the third term and will hopefully join them in 2017. - Supplied


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