Science Buddies multi-school science club kicks off in Stellenbosch

With Eskom Expo for Young Scientists celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Eskom Expo in Stellenbosch aims to expose learners to different fields of science with its Science Buddies initiative.

The objective is to have learners interact with actual researchers in order to inspire them to develop their own scientific ideas which will then be presented as an Expo project.

The initiative kicked off on 8 February 2020 at the Education Faculty at Stellenbosch University which was a hub for the gathering of excited learners and dedicated teachers who pitched up for the first Science Buddies session of the year.

“A total of 14 schools and 101 learners attended the event,” said Stellenbosch Regional Science Fair Director, Erika Hoffman.

“Learners decided on topics to research and completed their research plans before starting off to do a background study on the topic of their choice. Facilitators helped and guided these ‘scientists in the making’ throughout the session,” added Hoffman.

Research activities at the SUNCEP Science Buddies club will lead into the annual regional Expo held in Stellenbosch. The regional expo takes place on 30 and 31 July 2020.

Interested teachers and schools can contact Stellenbosch Regional Science Fair Director, Erika Hoffman on 021 808 3482 / ehoff@sun.ac.za

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