Science week opens

Temba Matomela, outreach officer for astronomy at Iziko Planetarium, talking to learners during the event on Monday, at O.R Tambo Hall, Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko
Temba Matomela, outreach officer for astronomy at Iziko Planetarium, talking to learners during the event on Monday, at O.R Tambo Hall, Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Dozens of learners converged at the O.R Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha for the start of the National Science Week on Monday which ends on Thursday.

The learners came from schools around the area.

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa hosted the Science Week activities.

The activities celebrate strides in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI), and involved various stakeholders.

The National Science Week is run in multiple sites per province. Each year, a different theme is chosen, and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences. The theme for NSW 2017 is “Advancing Science Tourism”.

Barry Green, director of AIMS said it is important for learners to consider taking careers in mathematics and science.

“We aim at ensuring that young people get exposed in the science field. This is one of the areas that need to be strengthened. We believe that they should start being exposed to science at the young age. We have a lot of talented young people. Science should be fun and youth must be attracted to it like they do in soccer or any other sport. Some seeds need to be planted for future,” Green said.

He said they have an educational programme where they give bursaries to 50 students from different countries in the continent every year to study towards degrees in science.

He said they also work in partnership with different universities across the world.

“We have seen success ever since we started the programme in 2003,” he added.

The event was also attended by various exhibitors from Higher Education, the Science Council, the City of Cape Town and the private sector.

Asamkelo Khambi, Grade 7 learner from Sivile Primary School, said the event was informative.

“I have learnt a lot here. I learnt a lot of things that I did not know about.

I want to be a scientist, because I am interested in knowing about the earth,” Khambi said.

Siyamthanda Dayimani, also a learner from Sivile Primary School, said she was happy to be part of learners who attended the event.

“I am happy, because this event helped me a lot to understand most of the things. I like to know about nature and living things. I like science a lot,” she said.

Temba Matomela, outreach officer for astronomy at Iziko Planetarium, invited schools and every individual to come and learn about stars, planet, solar system and the whole universe, at Iziko Museum.

“There is a lot that one can learn at the museum. We invite schools to send learners. People can come in groups or as individuals.

The aim is to let people own the museum. We have centre for knowledge for everybody including senior citizens,” Matomela said.

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