WHAT IS A SCIENCE CENTRE?
It is a place identified to enable visitors to actively participate in the exhibits and experimentation where hands-on experience of science and technology coupled with fun and joy are given priority. Participants are given the opportunity to discover some answers to questions often posed about nature, science and technology.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The University of Limpopo Science Centre was established and officially opened in 1997.It serves the surrounding community with scientific and technological skills which will be meaningful in improving their ways of living. The Science Centre also aims at promoting Science and Technology awareness and instilling the love of Science subjects in the community.
It provides both Science,Maths and Technology activities which are related to the school education curriculum. The centre is open to teachers, Learners and the general public and offers them the following categories of activities:
- Science Learner Assisted Program (SLAP)
Schools book to come and perform experiments of their choice. All visitors to the Centre can perform and enjoy these interesting "hands-on" experiments. Fun experiments/demonstrations are also performed during these visits and each demonstration shows some scientific phenomenon that can create interest and improve the understanding of science.
- Outreach Activities
The Centre performs outreach activities to schools and in the malls throughout the province, where learners at school and visitors to the malls interact freely with interactive exhibits, science demonstrations/Fun experiments and other hands on activities. The popular outreach activity is "Science in the Mall."
- Educator Development Program (EDP)
The centre hosts an annual program for educators to improve their professional skills in Mathematics, Science, Classroom and Laboratory management.
- Smile education workshops (brainboelies)
These workshops are very stimulating and make children aware of the use of their brains to do subjects like Maths and Science.
- Lego's and K'nex Workshops
Kids aged 3 to 15 years can improve their Mathematics and Science skills through Lego's and K'nex activities.
The Centre offers many hands-on interactive exhibits and passive displays with Mathematics and Scientific concepts; and indigenous knowledge which relate to people's daily lives.
- National Science Week
The UL Science Centre hosts the National Science Week on the second week of August annually. Activities such as workshops, exhibitions, public lectures, site visit and games make this a joyful and learning event. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) as an implementing agency. The project is aimed at exciting our youth with science at an early age and to encourage them to develop an interest in studying mathematics and science subjects.
- Other projects
Antarctica ,Astronomy, awareness programmes,Nanotechnology and Biotechnology.
- Future projects
The science centre is planning to implement the following projects in the future:
- Science clubs
- Winter school
- Career Guidance
The UL Science centre consist of the following staff members:
Full Time Staff
Mrs Annelize Pogieter
Tel: 015 268 3099/3519
Fax: 015 268 2893
Mr. Sandile Rikhotso
Lab Assistant and Programmes Coordinator
Tel: 015 268 2756/3099
Fax: 015 268 3099
Ms. Pearl Tsutsa
Tel: 015 268 3099
Fax: 015 268 3099
Japan Overseas Corporation Volunteers:
Mr. Urushibara Tatuitchi
Department of Science and Technology (DST) and NSTF Volunteers:
Mr John Masekoameng
Mr Mcdonald Masipa
Ms Ntshuxeko Ngwenya
Ms Refilwe Ramohale
Mr Release Monama
Mr Jacob Moloantoa
Mr Fumani Shibambo
WHERE IS IT SITUATED?
It is situated at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop campus at Q-Block building, 3rd floor
CONTACT AND BOOKINGS
Please note that bookings are essential and should be done at least a month before intended visit. All schools are requested to send the list of experiments to be done at least a month before the visit should they not require our standard program.
For all the bookings and other correspondences please contact the Science centre:
Mrs. Annelize Potgieter
University of Limpopo Science centre
Private Bag X116
Tel: (015)268 3099/3519/2756
Fax: (015)268 3099/2893
For Museum visit please contact:
Mrs. Bea Jordaan
015 268 2296
"TAKING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE"