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Science Week 2018

01/30/2018 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria
Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg
Science Week 2018

Vision:
To create awareness of science and technology in a fun, exciting and hands-on learning environment for learners between kindergarten and grade 12 and to give previously disadvantaged learners access to state of the art science and technology leveraging the knowhow of the German schools and companies.

Aim:

  • To plant the seed of curiosity in children,
  • To expose leaners to a world of science and technology that is not available in schools,
  • To show learners how science and technology make up the very fabric of our lives.
  • To bring industry and education together at a grass roots basis to create experiments and projects broadening learners’ minds,
  • To be as broad based as possible within Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM)
  • To involve circa 75% of learners with a previously disadvantaged background

Companies and Institutions involved in Science Week 2016:
Bosch, ABB, Deloitte, SASOL, AFROX, CSIR, Solar Energy, VUT, DALA, Siemens Stiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung, HYTEC, BMW, SBIMB, WITS, STRUB, NISSAN, FESTO, Robotics, Nomili, SAP, JEFA, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, MODENA, Rectron, EVONIK, SciTech, Autodesk, TŰV Rheinland, Anne van Dyk Cheetah Centre

The Science Week 2016 Success Story:
The first, very successful Science Week 2016, took place at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria (DISP) and the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg (DISJ) in September 2016. We reached over 2 000 learners in Science Week 2016 with nearly 450 partner school learners taking part in addition to the 1 550 DISP and DISJ learners. There were over 33 multinational and South African institutions taking part. Participants were involved from grades 1 to 11. Themes covered were coding, technology, energy, applied science, biology, chemistry, maths, automotive.

Science Week 2018 will be taking place from 29 May to 6 June 2018.

We will involve learners from kindergarten to grade 12. We will have approximately 1000 learners from Atteridgeville and Mamelodi and approximately 250 learners from Soweto giving a total of approximately 3 250 learners in total including DISP and DISJ learners. We also aim to increase the number of companies involved on a programme content level ensuring that there is enough programme content for all learners.

Science Week 2018 will run for 4 days at the DISP with an open workshop day on Saturday 2 June for all parents and will be open to the public. It will then move to DISJ for 3 days.

We are currently looking for financial sponsors and programme content sponsors. Our main costs are secure transport and food for all participants especially those coming from Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Soweto.

Future steps
To become an integral part of the Technology Centre, a cutting-edge centre of excellence in science and technology enabling learners to participate in a programme designed to allow learners to continue a hands-on project/experiment/ based curriculum which is above and beyond that which is offered in a school environment.

The Technology Centre is a modular based design with a 2-phase development stage. We are currently creating the concept paper and looking into design and cost possibilities.

To engage with companies looking at ways they can interact with partner schools on a longer-term basis.