Nurturing SET talent (NSET) is a project aimed at identifying and nurturing talent in science, engineering and technology.
The objectives of NSET are to:
- Improve learner participation and performance in mathematics, physical science, and life science;
- Expose learners to career opportunities in SET;
- Give learners an opportunity to interact with appropriate role models in SET; and
- Assist mathematics, physical science, life science and life orientation educators development on content and methodology.
This project was initiated in 2009. It is a three year intervention, starting with 20 top learners (10 boys and 10 girls) per school in grade 10 who are doing maths and science. They will be part of the project until they pass grade 12.
Learners are assisted with learning and teaching support material, extra tuition, and are exposed to appropriate role models in the SET fields. Workshops are presented for educators to assist them with challenging maths and science content.
In 2009, 10 schools in and around Pretoria were identified for the project. Laudium Secondary, Hofmeyr Secondary, Lyttleton Manor High, Prosperitus, Dr. WF Nkomo High, Ntsako Thabo Secondary, Solomon Mahlangu Freedom High, Ribanelaka High, Saulridge High and Edward Phatudi Combined were invited to attend a role modeling campaign on 05 June 2010, which marked the formal launch of the NSET project.
During the campaign learners received learning packs which included bags, calculators, mathematical instruments, pens, and career booklets in SET fields.
NSET was extended to Nkowankowa in Limpopo after a request from the circuit manager and the principals of the surrounding schools. A briefing session was held on 24 May 2010 with the circuit manager, principals, mathematics, physical science and life science educators of those schools.