National Science Week celebrated

2015-07-29 06:00

WITH 2015 having been declared the International Year of Light, the theme for this year’s event is Light-based Technologies.

National Science Week, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and role players conducting science-based activities.

National Science Week will take place simultaneously at multiple sites in all of South Africa’s nine provinces.

The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), a business unit of the National Research Foundation (NRF), will continue to play the role of national project manager for National Science Week 2015 (NSW2015).

The focus week will run from 1 to 8 August.

In addition to contributing to science, engineering and technology awareness among various sectors of the population, NSW2015 is also intended to expose the public, educators and learners, particularly from previously disadvantaged communities to science-based careers.

The National Museum in Bloemfontein will celebrate NSW2015 with the following activities:

) Selected schools have been invited to attend various presentations by scientists at the museum from Monday, 3 to Friday, 7 August.

) The Mobile Museum, accompanied by a museum scientist and an education officer, will visit five schools during the week to deliver science-based presentations at these schools.

) Posters, pamphlets and booklets provided by SAASTA on careers in various scientific fields, the Periodic Table and Light-based Technologies will also be distributed to schools and learners.

For more information, contact Ancilia van Staden at the museum on 051-447-9609 or via email at ancilia@nasmus.co.za

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