Bringing science to life for pupils

2015-09-03 06:00
The KZN Science Centre brought its science expo to Pieter- maritzburg for the first time where pupils were hosted at the Bessie Head Library by the U.S. Consulate.

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The KZN Science Centre brought its science expo to Pieter- maritzburg for the first time where pupils were hosted at the Bessie Head Library by the U.S. Consulate. PHOTO: supplied

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THE U.S. Consulate and the KwaZulu-Natal Science­ Centre partnered to bring science alive in Pietermaritzburg to give pupils­ a chance to interact with what they learn at school.

Five local high-school pupils in Grade 11 and 12 were hosted at the Bessie Head Library at the mini-science centre expo based on various aspects of their current curriculum and included bio- technology, DNA area, electric circuits and a blow-up planetarium where pupils could sit inside a dome and watch videos­.

Candice Potgieter, KZN Science Centre CEO, said this was the first time the expo had come to the city and she hoped to continue building a relationship with the library and U.S. Consulate to make it an annual event.

“It’s nice that the pupils get a chance to ‘do science’ rather than just reading from a textbook and imagining what it would be like.

“This gives them practical experience, and by interacting with it, they will be able to understand more,” she said.

Mark Carr, public affairs officer from the U.S. Consulate, said they are happy to be involved in hosting the KZN Science Centre, and if successful, would look into taking it to other areas.

“Education is a priority for us and we do anything we can to help.”

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