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Scientists, educators and administrators have teamed up in an exciting programme of physics outreach, aimed at disadvantaged high school learners. The project flows from the USA-NSF funded schools outreach program (QuarkNet) of Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh, in which teachers from South Africa were sponsored to attend workshops in the USA. The programme is based around a mobile physics laboratory, accompanied by scientists, teachers and students equipped to run a varied physics program and provide teacher support. The physics program contains visually exciting physics demonstrations, hands-on exploratorium activities and also team based project experiments, all targeted at high school learners. Additional sessions planned as teacher support will be aimed developing simple resources and providing training for physics demonstrations, and optimizing the use of the local facilities at each school. There are also informal sessions where the learners interact with the young higher degree students. The project is well on its way to becoming sustainable. It has been named the Science Emasondosondo. The project derives strong participation and leadership from the Quarknet program. It is administered from the Gauteng Education Department and housed at the Newtown Science Centre. All higher degree institutions are partners in the program, via the South African Istitute of Physics (SAIP). Currently, it is operated from the Schonland Research Institute of Nuclear Sciecnes at the University of the Witwatersrand.
This is the third year of the project. The first two years (2002, 2003) visited about 3% of the Gauteng schools. Here are photo-essays of the previous programms (2002, 2003).
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University of the Witwatersrand
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