Dating leaves SA in love with Science

2017-08-23 06:02
From the left are Gert van Lill (facilitator), with Felicia van der Westhuizen, Azra Laaitjies and Thapelo Mocuminyane taking part in the Speed Dating for the Brain game in the Kathu Mall. Photo: Supplied

From the left are Gert van Lill (facilitator), with Felicia van der Westhuizen, Azra Laaitjies and Thapelo Mocuminyane taking part in the Speed Dating for the Brain game in the Kathu Mall. Photo: Supplied

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The theme for this year’s science week, “Advancing Science Tourism”, saw the Speed Dating for the Brain game being put to the test.

The game is based on the country’s top tourist attractions and the sciences.

In an effort to make National Science Week bigger and better every year, the concept saw participants, young and old, give the fun-filled and fast-paced game a try to test their knowledge of science and to learn something in the process.

The game was hosted at the Kathu Village Mall, where members of the community tested their skills for free. Contestants stood a chance to win a tablet.

Speed Dating for the Brain, an initiative of the Capitec Foundation in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, returned for the fourth year in all nine ­provinces during National Science Week.

The game is reportedly based on the popular speed dating concept, according to which participants move in rapid succession among six booths to complete fun and educational science-based tasks.

A bell marks the time for a par­ticipant to switch to the next booth and participants post their entry forms in a ballot box for a lucky draw at the end of each event after visiting all booths.

Capitec’s chairperson, Carl Fischer, elaborated that the aim of the game was to popularise science as a fun, engaging and mentally stimulating activity for all South Africans, young and old.

“This, in turn, will help to make the vital subjects of Science, ­Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, as well as innovation, more appealing and accessible,” Fischer said.

“It is vital to get children interested in science and to show them that it can be fun and engaging.

“This is why we are taking the concept to schools around the country,” Fischer added.

“But we will also be holding Speed Dating for the Brain at malls, where everyone can participate, young and old.

“Having a sound grasp of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has never been more important to South African learners and students.”

Speed Dating for the Brain is also lauded for being part of National Science Week, launched at the Nelson Mandela University on Saturday, 5 August.

“Participants test the impact of everyday household items on radio frequency, play music on wine bottles filled with water and complete brain maths teasers and more.”

National Science Week co-ordinator Bafedile Kgwadi, of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, expressed how exciting it was to see this engaging activity continue and expand its reach to people across the country.

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