Quest – Science Outreach

26 September 2017, 09:14


NSTF Awards – Brilliant Minds, 30 June 2017

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) annually recognises individuals and teams who have developed innovations for mobilising knowledge through outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI), which promote sustainable economic growth for South Africa and improve the quality of life of its people.

The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises 18 first-year students studying science, medicine and engineering. A young man and woman are chosen from each of the nine provinces. These students must have received top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations (Grade 12) of the previous year. They are identified by the Provincial Education Departments, and selected by the NSTF.

The event took place at the Emperor’s Palace and the Brilliant awardees received an annual subscription to Quest.

National Science Olympiads, 6 July 2017

The National Science Olympiad is one of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement’s (SAASTA) flagship projects. Since 2005, the 53-year-old project has offered learners in Grades 10-12 an exciting opportunity to compete in science with fellow learners from SADC countries, such as Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The competition comprises an annual examination in science (physical and life sciences). The top national performers win all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum and the Australian National Youth Science Forum.

The main aim of the competition is to identify talent, to encourage excellence in science education and to stimulate interest in the sciences. It seeks to inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology.

The 12 winners all received an annual subscription to Quest.

Eduweek, 12 – 13 July 2017

The EduWeek portfolio services the needs of the greater Africa through events and platforms to bring practical learning, interactivity and networking, inspiration, celebration and the opportunity to buy educational products.

The event took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre and 200 Quest copies were distributed.

Eding Science Festival, 23 – 27 JULY

Eding International Science Festival, also known as Eisef, is an annual science festival that takes place in two different provinces, Limpopo and North West. The two festivals attracted close to 15 000 participants from the rural villages of Limpopo and North West.

Quest magazines were distributed at the festival and a science lecture was presented on contextualising science content to Grade 9 – 12 learners.

TechnoX, 30 July – 4 August 2017

Sasol TechnoX seeks to expose, at the practical level, the many facets of technology and encourage learners to explore the wide range of exciting disciplines and career choices that mathematics, science and technology can offer.

Quest magazines were distributed at the event.

National Science Week (NSW) Launch, 4 – 6 August 2017

The NSW 2017 national launch event was hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU), Missionvale campus. The theme for 2017 was Advancing Science Tourism.

Quest distributed some 1000 copies, some of which were used by stakeholders in the NSW events through the week.

European Geosciences Union, 27 August – 1 September 2017

The Geoscience Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop for Teachers was held in Cape Town from 27 August – 1 September 2017. This workshop is sponsored by the European Geosciences Union and is the second GIFT Workshop to be held in Cape Town, the 4th in Africa and the 25th worldwide. It unites around 60 teachers mostly from South Africa, but also from Nigeria and Namibia.

It is organised on the occasion of the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAMAS-IAPSO-IAGA) Joint Conference in Cape Town. These three host associations are all members of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) which, in turn, is one of the Unions of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

ASSAf was invited to assist in identifying teachers in provinces other than the Western Cape to participate in the workshop. Through the district visits and school connections Quest was able to secure six teachers from the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Khayelitsha.

Quest presented a lecture on contextualising science content and shared 60 copies, and other material from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) with participants.