The four day annual Science Tube Festival is being held at Kimberley in the Northern Cape to send a message to learners: “Science is easy”.
The festival introduces pupils to computer science, climatology, astronomy and biodiversity. Organisers want to ensure pupils make informed career choices.
“We try to take classroom lessons and make them practical in front of the kids, where they can even touch and do some of the experiments themselves, to just put interest in them so that when they make their career choices they would definitely go into something they’ve been exposed to at an early age,” says the festival organiser Vincent Mulaudzi.
Some learners have responded positively to this festival.
“It showed us what we have to do, what subjects we have to do and the requirements of getting into university,” says an un-named pupil.
“Learners go around from career to career not knowing themselves but these career exhibition sessions, they helped us,” says another pupil.
The Department of Basic Education in the Northern Cape says it wants to invest in Maths and science, the latter is the bigger problem at schools.
“We want to invest in these subjects because of opportunities that are not only in the country but in our province. It’s important that our learners participate in subjects of mathematics, science and also technology because we want to tap into skills and experiences they have so that we can employ our own in our country,” says Northern Cape Basic Education MEC, Cjiekella Letsholo Griezelda.
The festival is in its fourth year of running since its launch in 2010, and is funded by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.