Monday, February 05, 2007

New mobile science centre to visit Cape Town High Schools

By Odette Ismail
05 February 2007

The new exciting science-centre-on-wheels will make it’s first round at Belgravia Secondary in Athlone on Thursday morning.

This initiative is funded by the Western Cape education department and is being operated by the MTN ScienCentre.

Shahied Nelson a resident in Mitchell’s Plain and Detlef Basel from Plumstead will be teaching science to learners in a fun way across the Western Cape.

Nelson says this is the first visit to a high school, but learners are normally receptive to their science shows.

“We at the science centre want to get to the schools and explain to them (learners) more about what we are busy with, and to encourage them to get more into science and technology.”

Nelson says science and technology learning is currently at a low level across South Africa, so they want to promote it with adding fun to the lessons.

“I hope when we do get to the schools that kids will be enthusiastic and go back to class and just to make it fun again”, says Nelson.

The MTN ScienCentre targeting high schools more than primary schools, but it will be going around to both. Schools have to book the van through the science centre.

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