Science reveals world

2015-08-11 06:01
Gerrit Tredoux plays on a machine that helps builders during the Science Week celebration at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory last week.

Gerrit Tredoux plays on a machine that helps builders during the Science Week celebration at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory last week.

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The Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory celebrated national Science Week by officially opening its SAP auditorium on Tuesday last week.

Science Week was celebrated from 1 to 8 August.

Pupils from various schools were invited to the venue to come and see for themselves the wonders of science and to learn about various thing in the centre.

Minister of science and technology Naledi Pandor attended the official opening.

A panel discussion on preparing South African children for the digital economy was held.

It came to light that, though there are challenges, a lot is being done for children to embrace the digital economy and they are moving in the right direction.

Pandor said Science Week was very important as it got children closer to science.

“Children must learn about the different applications and be able to create applications they want. With science labs we are glad that we are able to prick a child’s mind and expose them to exciting developments that are happening around them.

As adults, we must learn to appreciate that, these days, young people are thinking in ways we are not thinking. They come up with solutions or ideas we never thought of and as older people we have to be able to be led by the youth and we appreciate that science is exposing them to a whole new world,” she said.

Pandor added that science centres played an important role in strengthening the science and technology culture. She also expressed a wish to have at least one science centre in the ward for every child to be exposed to science and learn through the fascinating scientific world.

Julie Cleverdon, director of Cape Town Science Centre, said the auditorium would provide a new learning space and give more children opportunities to learn new things

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