July 2013
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Debates winners in New York
SA learners scoop silver in Beijing
SA scientist impresses in FameLab
Nanotech draws attention in Kenya
SAASTA salutes David Block
Science Centre CEO awarded
Young science brainpower awarded
75 years of coelacanth research
Join in recording the diversity of life
Open your own Science Spaza
The Universe is expanding
"Space Skype" links kids
Coastal and marine science in SA
Internship programme
A scientist for a day
iThemba LABS - advancing knowledge
Ex ZooClub members' success
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!

Open your own Science Spaza, because "Knowledge is Ncah"!

South African learners who will become the scientists and engineers of the future, are ranking very low in recent studies on mathematics and science competency*. The lack of resources and the lack of opportunity for experiential learning are, in part, responsible for this state of affairs.

Science Spaza creates new opportunities for learners and educators, taking science in South Africa to new heights.
Science Spaza provides a space where learners can engage with science in a fun and interactive manner.

The Hydrogen South Africa Public Awareness and Demonstration Platform (HySA PADP) and the Nanotechnology Public Engagement Programme (NPEP) - in partnership with Jive Media Africa - bring you Science Spaza**, an exciting, fun and interactive science learning experience bringing curriculum-linked science resources to schools around South Africa through science clubs.

Network of science clubs

The objective of Science Spaza is to improve science literacy in schools and to support educators to teach science in a fun and effective manner. Science Spaza aims to establish a network of science clubs in disadvantaged schools across the country, supported with appropriate resources and tools.

Science Spaza also provides resources and tools to support your science club or to set up a new science club in your own school or community. Science clubs can register on the Science Spaza website to receive updates and additional resources - and the chance to participate in competitions and other initiatives.

In addition, Science Spaza arranges events from time to time. These include talks, shows and other engaging activities such as meeting science role models. Science Spaza creates opportunities for learners and educators, taking science in South Africa to new heights - because "Knowledge is Ncah!"

For more information, visit the Science Spaza website at www.sciencespaza.org

* In the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a cross-national assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth and eighth Grade learners, South Africa performed at the lowest end in both mathematics and science, together with Botswana and Honduras. For the first time since 1995 however, the national average mathematics score of Grade 9 learners has improved in SA public schools. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) conducted the SA study in 285 schools among 11 969 learners. TIMSS 2011 was conducted in 45 countries. View more information

** The Science Spaza is sponsored by HySA PADP and NPEP in partnership with Jive Media Africa. The two awareness programmes are managed by SAASTA on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology.