Inspiring young scientists

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Science Centre

Pictured: Msukelwa Zakwe (Nkosana High School), Thandekile Gina (Old Mill High School) and Khangezile Zulu (Old Mill High School)

IN its endeavor to stimulate interest in science amongst school learners UNIZULU Science Centre (USC) held a workshop for about 200 science school teachers to sensitize them about the upcoming Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in August. The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is South Africa’s primary and only existing science fair for school students, where they have a unique opportunity to exhibit their independent research, innovation and ingenuity through projects.  Addressing the science teachers, Director of UNIZULU Science Centre Derek Fish said by participating in the Expo, learners will increase their awareness of the wonders of science.

He said: “The symposium aims to encourage love of science through active collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for learners to present, display and communicate their scientific investigations.” A science teacher Khangezile Zulu said she gained a lot of valuable knowledge from the workshop. “When I go back to my school we will be starting with the preparations to have our learners visit the science centre,” she said.  Another teacher Thandekile Gina said she enjoyed the science seminar and said there’s a lot to be gained by students after visiting the centre. “The centre makes us look at science in an easier and sensible approach. I think our learners will be very impressed,” said Gina. The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is a national science fair that is sponsored by Eskom. This competition is open to students of all grades, where the students can come and showcase their projects about their own science investigations. As from 2011, Zululand started hosting its own regional competition, with the USC forming part of the judging panel.