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iThemba Labs selects a Z-CARD® to engage learners about National Science Week

iThemba Labs selects a Z-CARD® to engage learners about National Science Week
iThemba Labs selects a Z-CARD® to engage learners about National Science Week

iThemba Labs selects a Z-CARD® to engage learners about National Science Week


Aug 15th, 10:02

National Science Week 2013, held from 27 July to 3 August, is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and a countrywide celebration of science that sees various role players conducting science-based activities.

The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences (iThemba Labs), a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation, was once again selected by the DST as one of the service providers to generate awareness around National Science Week in the Eastern Cape.

As such, iThemba Labs selected a credit card-sized Z-CARD® as a fun and compact way of engaging learners during its 15 primary and secondary school visits.

The card was funded by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), the National Science Week implementation agency.

“Each year, a different theme and sub-theme is chosen for National Science Week. This year, the theme was ‘celebrating scientific areas in which South Africa has a competitive edge’; whilst the sub-theme was the ‘international year of water cooperation’,” explains Ambrose Yaga, iThemba Labs’ Education Officer.

“Our objective was to raise awareness, through interactive science shows and workshops, about the importance of doing mathematics and science as subjects at school for learners in rural areas. These are places that are often neglected, so we felt it was time to make a contribution and a difference in our own small way,” he adds.

The Z-CARD® thus drew learners’ attention to the exclusive site visits that they can take advantage of at iThemba Labs, and encouraged them to learn, explore, grow and think about a career in science.

“It featured short profiles of a few people in the science field and explained what their particular career is all about, thus generating excitement amongst learners to explore a future in science,” says Yaga.

The cards were handed out primarily to Grade 9, 10 and 11 learners at iThemba Labs’ school visits last week.

For more information about iThemba Labs or to arrange a school visit, contact Ambrose Yaga at or visit here for more information on PocketMedia Solutions 

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