One hundred secondary students from Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding townships attended a two-day science program hosted by the Bessie Head Library’s American Corner in partnership with the KZN Science Center.
Students were fascinated by educational videos projected on the inside of a mobile planetarium with a state-of-the-art 3D digital dome. One of the videos explored the solar system and planets, showing learners exploding volcanoes, rampaging rivers, and gigantic dinosaurs.
Pupils also had an opportunity to do practical experiments on biotechnology and electricity. The experiments related to topics in the secondary school syllabus and helped bring classroom concepts to life in a vivid, hands-on setting.
August is South Africa’s Women’s Month, and this program underscored the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Female students had a rare chance to meet professional women role models working in these fields.
The U.S. Consulate in Durban is proud to collaborate with the Director of the KZN Science Centre, Candice Potgieter, who is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow.