Maties Mathematics and Science Week held successfully
Maths and science are great fun! That was the message conveyed to thousands of Grade 10 to Grade 12 learners during the third Standard Bank Maties Mathematics and Science Week held at Stellenbosch University (SU) last week. The Mathematics and Science Week is held annually in March for learners taking physics, maths and life-science subjects at school.
According to Ms Lorna Bartlett, organiser of the Mathematics and Science Week, SU believes it is important to contribute to the development of interest and competencies in the fields of maths, science and technology.
The practical workshops, demonstrations, interactive experiments and displays related to maths and the sciences offered learners the necessary support to visualise and understand abstract theoretical concepts. Learners also had the opportunity to have “plain good old fun” while learning more about maths, technology and science.
“With demonstrations by the Faculty of Engineering and with practical sessions about testing blood and DNA, lasers, the secrets of the human body, using wood as a building material, the correspondence between music and science, the art of winemaking and 3-D computer-game programming, the week can’t be anything other than interesting. You can even build your own electric car!” Ms Bartlett said last week.
This year, Grade 9 learners were also invited to attend the science display, presented daily at the Paul Roos Gymnasium. Here, learners experienced how to display science in a fun way and learned more about the subjects that they need to go to university.
And, in addition to all this, there were also several fascinating maths workshops as well as talks and discussions about electrostatics, financial mathematics, occupational therapy, dietetics, physiotherapy and nature conservation to choose from.
Some of the presentations were: ‘Look Ma, no hands! Electronics that make aeroplanes and satellites fly by themselves’; ‘3D-game development’; ‘Smart shirts and thinking bras – the new age of electronic textiles’; and ‘Trees! Our green building material’.
The Standard Bank Matie Mathematics and Science Week is an initiative presented by SU in conjunction with the relevant faculties, iThemba Labs, the MTN ScienCentre, TRAC and SUNSTEP.
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Photo bottom: Daryn Byron (Curro Private School Durbanville), Dylang Leng and Tiaan Marais (both of Schoonspruit Secondary) and Frances Cuff (Curro Private School Durbanville) attended the Mathematics and Science Week.