Quest: Science for South Africa

13 June 2018, 12:19


SciFest 2018
The SciFest 2018 took place from 7 to 13 March 2018 at the 1820 Memorial Monument in Grahamstown. Approximately 62 000 people visited the festival and the Quest exhibition was visited by some 6 200. The theme for 2018 was Innovation 4.0, with reference to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The theme included artificial intelligence, 3D printing, nanotechnology, digital activities, quantum computing and the unlimited possibilities of emerging technology breakthroughs. Quest’s theme, The Pinnacle Point, extended the discussions at the exhibition about innovation and technology possibilities in this space. 3 500 copies of Quest were distributed.

Eding Science International
The Eding Science International took place from16 to 20 April 2018 at the Polokwane Showgrounds, Limpopo. Visitors included 15 320 learners from primary and high schools and 533 teachers. Quest presented a lecture on Newton and Einstein, with the focus on falling bodies and time in particular. 4 000 copies of Quest were distributed to learners that attended the lecture, most of whom were from grades 10 – 12.

Science Beyond Borders Festival
The Science Beyond Borders Festival took place from 14 to 18 May 2018 in Thohoyandou, Venda.
Quest presented daily lectures on genetics and heredity to approximately 2 000 learners. More than 65 000 people visited the festival over a period of five days. 3 500 copies of Quest magazine were distributed to learners who attended the lecture.

Anele Career Expo
The Career Expo took place from 21 to 26 May 2018 in Mogwase, North West. The Expo was divided into school visits and general public engagements. Quest visited six schools and presented lectures on various topics including grade 10 mathematics and a career talk with grade 9s on subject choices.
1 500 copies of Quest magazine were distributed to schools in the district.