The Mini-Science Forum is a community engagement initiative organised ahead of Science Forum South Africa, which takes place annually at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Gauteng. The Mini-Science Forum is intended to bring local institutions and government agencies together to create an interest in science.
The hosts, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), the International Astronomical Union (Office of Astronomy for Development) and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa treated learners to an entertaining day aimed at creating enthusiasm for mathematics and science.
Learners, most of whom had never been to a circus before, were excited by a skilled and sometimes hair-raising performance by members of the Zip Zap Circus. Interactive exhibitions engaged them in mathematics and science.
During the formal programme, learners were encouraged to take mathematics and science as subjects, as they opened up many career opportunities. The HSRC’s Dr Thierry Luescher told learners that he had never been strong in mathematics, but had realised that it was all about practice.
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