The Primary School Science Intervention is a SAASTA-funded project devoted to promoting science in primary schools.
Currently South Africa is ranked as one of the lowest performing countries in Science and Mathematics in cross-national studies, particularly in the junior school grades. In order to make a contribution in addressing this challenge SAASTA introduced Educator Support and Development as the core of this project with the hope that it will address the above mentioned challenge in the primary school system.
We are kindling the love and passion for science and showing our learners that science can be fun and that it is not a difficult subject, it only requires a better understanding of the subject and its content. This project is conducted nationally annually and targets grades 6 to 9 educators.
Every year SAASTA identifies areas and topics that need to be addressed and decides on a theme for that academic year. In 2012 SAASTA conducted workshops in all nine provinces across South Africa with Chemistry as the theme. In 2013 SAASTA focused on Electricity as theme, and 2014 the theme was Technology-Structure.