What a week it has been for Science Spaza, a Jive Media Africa initiative!! National Science Week kicked off with a great launch at the Royal Show Grounds (Pietermaritzburg). High schools and educators from the uMgungundlovu District Municipality were present at the launch including Qoqisizwe High School, Masijabule High School, Mazwendoda Senior Secondary, Bhekiximba High School, Umthonqotho Comprehensive High School and Gobindlovu High School. Science Spaza reached out to approximately 400 learners at the launch. It was a truly fulfilling experience for the learners, educators and the Science Spaza team. The learners participated in and enjoyed the hands-on activities that were planned for the day on Paleontology, Astronomy, Traditional Knowledge, SA Invention, Marine Biosciences and Working Together for Water. The day would not have been complete without the distinguished guest speakers who were Mr Shadrack Mkansi of SAASTA, Mr Irshad Motala of the KZN Department of Education, Prof Albert Modi of UKZN and Mr Robert Inglis who both directors of Jive Media Africa and the Master of Ceremonies Mr Ntokozo Shezi of FameLab 2013 who’s talks on science were inspiring and educational for the audience and learners. Thank you to our sponsors: The Department of Science & Technology and National Research Foundation/South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. Stay connected for more news and pictures on Science Spaza at National Science Week…
Science Spaza will be celebrating National Science Week at the Royal Show grounds on the 27th July 2013. The event will focus 420 high school learners doing hands-on science. The aim of this initiative is to provide support to disadvantaged schools in South Africa to improve science literacy.
Attending the event will be distinguished guest speakers such as Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee (Umgungundlovu District), Ms Jennifer Baiju (Manager: Department of Education, Umgungundlovu District), Prof Albert Modi (Dean: UKZN) and Mr Ntokozo Shezi (Geology graduate and finalist of FameLab South Africa 2013). Hands-on science activities will be demonstrated by volunteer science graduates from local tertiary institutions who will guide the learners from the district through this learning experience.
Science Spaza will be travelling to 30 schools in the district during National Science Week to reach 15 000 learners with hands-on science.
National Science Week is a country-wide celebration of science and is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and will run from the 29th July 2013 to the 2nd August 2013. It is managed by South African Advancement in Science and Technology Agency, a business unit of the National Research Foundation. National Science Week is aimed at exposing the public, educators and learners to science-based careers, particularly the disadvantaged schools and communities in South Africa. Science Spaza, an initiative of Jive Media Africa, shares this aim to provide support to disadvantaged schools throughout the country.
Our famous Science Spaza featured at the Royal Show Grounds from the 24th of May to the 2nd of June 2013. The Royal Show is an event in Pietermaritzburg and attracts an average of 220 000 visitors per year. Science Spaza was fortunate to have been there and reached many young learners and educators who are interested and excited about the field of science.
Science Spaza attracted much attention from learners, educators, the general public and potential partners. This served to be a beneficial and educational experience for learners who received activity based resources and sign-up forms should they want to start up their own science clubs at their schools.
Science Spaza would like to thank it’s partners who share the vision of empowering young minds and making a difference in Science education in SA – Partners in Development (PID), Ground Truth, Makhaotse, Narasimulu & Associates (PTY) LTD and Actus Integrated Management (AIM).
Science Spaza is an initiative of Jive Media Africa. The initiative aims to improve science literacy in schools with the use of fun and interactive activities and resources and to contribute to the improvement and development of science education in South Africa. We welcome sponsors and partners who would like to reach this audience. Please visit www.sciencespaza.org for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SciFest Africa 2013 welcomed Science Spaza where we opened our doors to thousands of young budding scientists!
Here you could get knowledge for mahala! Free resources were handed out and experiments done with simple found objects – for all to see that YOU CAN DO IT!
To read more about this and to download resources go to www.sciencespaza.org, an initiative of Jive Media Africa.
When you’re looking for refreshment – where do you go? Pop in at your local Science Spaza and pick up some knowledge – for mahala! Science Spaza is for everyone – you’re never too young or too old to learn. Discover things you never knew but use every day! Do amazing science with hands on activities and get hold of awesome comics, activities and more.
What is Science Spaza?
Science Spaza is an exciting, fun and interactive science learning experience bringing curriculum-linked science to disadvantaged schools around South Africa through science clubs. The objective of Science Spaza is to improve science literacy in schools and also to support educators to teach science in a fun and enjoyable manner. Science Spaza aims to establish a network of science clubs in disadvantaged schools across the country, supported with appropriate resources and tools.
What it offers
South Africa lags far behind other countries when it comes to maths and science education. The lack of resources and the lack of opportunity for experiential learning is in part responsible for this state of affairs. With this in mind, Science Spaza aims to support the development of science clubs around the country, providing them with resources and guidance.
Each resource includes fun and exciting activities, an experiment/ demonstration which can be done with found objects, explanations and curriculum links. The resources benefit not only learners, but also educators. These resources are available on the Science Spaza website and can be printed and distributed where possible.
Science Spaza also provides suggestions, support and tools for setting up your own science club in your school or community. Science clubs and schools can register with Science Spaza to receive updates and additional resources – and from time to time the chance to participate in competitions and other initiatives.
Science Spaza Events
In addition to the above, Science Spaza also arranges events from time to time. These include talks, shows and other engaging activities including meeting science role models. These events will take place in the year 2013 from February to June and promises to be a great experience.
Science Spaza opens possibilities for learners and educators – taking South African science to new heights because “KNOWLEDGE IS NCAH!!!!!”
For more information or to get support with a science club in your area contact:
Ayanda Nxumalo, Project Manager – Science Spaza
Robert Inglis, Director – Jive Media Africa
Science is part of our daily lives – so why not drop in at your local Science Spaza and pick up a little knowledge…
Science Spaza – Because Knowledge is Ncah!
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Science Spaza – Knowledge is Ncah!
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We took the leap! A cosmic event that won’t happen again for another 4 years!
On Wednesday the 29th of February we celebrated the leap year. We discovered how the orbit of the Earth makes a 20 year old celebrate their 5th birthday this month!
Fikiswa Majola, Science junkie, passionate about astronomy and science outreach, skyped in. Fikiswa has traveled across the country and Africa to tell anyone who would listen about the beauty of astronomy, its importance in Southern Africa and how to grow up to be an astronomer.
Boring and white the Antarctic continent is not! In a celebration of colour and light, Robert Inglis’s photography brought Antarctica to life for the capacity crowd at the last Cafe Scientific of 2011.
Focusing on the potential of the continent for climate change research in acknowledgement of the COP 17 conference which has just taken place in Durban, Robert discussed the South African and other programmes through his personal photographic diary and used google earth to highlight specific features. A SAASTA sponsored DVD on Antarctic research was also shown.
Keep an eye on this site and on our facebook page to find out about the next Cafe Scientific event.
CAFÉ SCIENTIFIC 2011
In a thought provoking discussion, Ndukuyakhe got us to think critically about some of the established views on rock art – in particular around the spiritual significance attached to the eland. Considering frequencies of species represented in the art as well as other characteristics of the art in Northern KZN Ndukuyakhe queried whether some of the existing views stand up in the light of his research.
The talk was presented to scholars and rock art enthusiasts as well as the general public. Scholars were offered the chance to win a trip to Game Pass Shelter by answering the question “Why is it important to research rock art” and to ask parents and grandparents for their views as well.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Ms Claire Janisch, BiomimicrySA
24 August 2011
Biomimicry is a new science of an ancient practice defined as “conscious emulation of life’s genius”: looking to nature for sustainable solutions to challenges we face.
Says Claire: For designers, architects, engineers, and all innovators, the answer to the question “What would nature do here?” is a revelation. There’s not one new idea, but millions, ideas evolved in context, tested over eons, and proven to be safe for this generation and the next. Life has been performing design experiments in Earth’s R&D lab for 3.85 billion years and organisms and ecosystems can provide us with innovative and progressive solutions to the design, engineering and other challenges that we now face: energy, food production, climate control, benign chemistry, transportation, packaging, and more.
Claire Janisch is a chemical engineer by training. She works as a sustainability & innovation consultant and a biomimicry professional. She is a graduate of and trainer for the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program and currently heads up BiomimicrySA.
A Genomic Walk Into the Past – 25th July 2011
It was standing room only when Professor Himla Soodyall addressed an eager group of teachers, school children, varsity students and members of the general public at the Olwazini Discovery Centre in Pietermaritzburg.
Talking on the theme Routes to Roots: A genomic walk into the past, and punctuating her simple but powerful explanations with slides and short videos, Prof Soodyall explained how DNA samples taken from people living all over the world are helping us understand how humans populated the globe – a story of 150 000 years.
The event was held in celebration of World Population Day to raise awareness and understanding of how humans have spread out across the world – the total number is expected to reach 7 billion during 2011.
After explaining a little of the science behind Genetic Ancestry, Prof Soodyall went on to relate stories which showed how people’s understanding of their identity was impacted on by new knowledge of their genetic history. She included video of, among others, former president Nelson Mandela receiving news of his genetic ancestry test results and told the story of recent research findings of the Karretjie People in the Northern Cape Province who trace their lineage directly to the oldest known group of Homo sapiens – or modern humans like you and I.
Questions and comments after the talk deepened understanding of the topic and reinforced the notion that as the people of the world, we have far more in common with one another, than differences. The closing comment by one audience member, much to the delight of Professor Albert Modi of the Moses Kotane Institute, was that he felt he was no longer a visitor to Africa – but rather that he had returning home from a long time in exile.
Café Scientific is brought to you by Jive Media Africa and the Moses Kotane Institute to create spaces for dialogue between scientists and the society in which they work.