Outreach Visits to high schools -
23rd July to 1st September

The trailer is currently visiting Schools in Gauteng.

Last Updated July 17th 2004

  1. More informnation on the 2004 program
  2. Call for Post Graduate Student participation
  3. Register of participating Institutions
  4. Realtime news .... photo-essay of the 2004 program
  5. Realtime news .... photo-essay of the 2003 program
  6. History .....photo-essay of .the 2002 program 
  7. STYLE - School science club program
  8. SAASTEC Science Centres and links

Scientists, educators, administrators and post graduate students 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 are aimed at 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 STYLE science club program is being launced at each visited school. 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 Institute of Physics (SAIP). Currently, it is operated from the Schonland Research Institute of Nuclear Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand.

This is the second year of the project. The first year (2002) visited about 3% of the Gauteng schools.

This year, the project will

  • spread to Natal, the Cape and the North West province,
  • contain additional teacher development,
  • include the development learner science clubs,
  • have additional research components in science education,
  • and make further steps towards long term sustainability.

Goals:
  • To participate in developing the culture of science and technology.
  • To develop outreach programmes to disadvantaged learners
  • To attract significantly large numbers of learners to the science and technology area.
  • To support the existing educators in the development of these learners.
  • To design a program based on a mobile physics laboratory that is appropriate, dynamic, sustainable, involves all stakeholders and produces measurable outputs.

Some high reolution Images ....

                 

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Financed by NSF    and GPDE    and supported by the SAIP 

NSF - National Science Foundation - USA
GPDE - Gauteng Provincial Department of Education - SA
SAIP - South African institute of Physics - SA