April 2014
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FameLabSA 2014
Science Lens winners
Young, innovative and gifted
Intern receives Fellowship in Paris
Transformation in marine science
Looking for the brainiacs of yesteryear
Skies alive with space activities
Training the trainers
On your marks ... Get SET Go!
Schools debates advisory committee
Science community volunteers
The science of giving back
New science communication resource
Bringing nanotech to the disabled
Meet media guru Daryl Ilbury
Water World @ Scifest Africa 2014
Exploring marine science
Sharks, vegetables and alien fish
SAIAB cares
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!

On your marks ... Get SET Go!

In his opening address at the launch of a new career guide, Get SET Go, SAASTA's Managing Director,
Dr Jabu Nukeri, expressed the hope that the publication would open "worlds of opportunities for learners, thereby contributing to the human capacity development in the critical areas of SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) to improve the quality of life of all the people of the Republic of South Africa".

Learners from Modiri Technical School excited to take home a copy of Get SET Go.
Max Chauke shares his passion for engineering with a learner.

Practical guide to SET careers

Written for secondary and high school learners as well as early tertiary students, Get SET Go offers practical steps to help steer young minds towards careers in science, engineering, technology and innovation.

Young people worldwide have a critical role to play in developing new scientific strategies that will help solve problems that we don't even know are problems yet. This book is a call to action, to help create a world where young people will contribute towards growing a representative pool of SET skills in the South African workforce.

Max Chauke, a role model profiled in the book, delighted with his copy.
Raven Motsewabangwe, Segomotso Kelefetswe, Richard Tswai, Dr Beverley Damonse, Dr Jabu Nukeri and Max Chauke at the book launch.

To the learners attending the launch, who were from the Modiri Technical School; Soshanguve Technical High School; Phateng Senior Secondary School and Pretoria Secondary School, Dr Nukeri said, "I want to tell you that you hold enormous power, power to use science to improve lives and leapfrog the many challenges we face."

Get SET Go aims to inspire learners to take Mathematics and Physical Science as subjects as well as to enable them to enlighten the general public about the importance of science, engineering and technology.

Agents of change

According to Dr Nukeri, this book is a tool for the youth to get into "science action" and become agents of change.

Role models Segomotso Kelefetswe, Richard Tswai and Max Chauke, who are featured in the book, were a real source of inspiration as they encouraged learners to look into the possibilities of studying towards SET careers. Many of these role models had to turn the tide to reach their goals and we at SAASTA believe that our young readers can do that too.

To conclude the event, the winner of FameLabSA 2014, Raven Motsewabangwe performed his winning science speech and got our guests excited about the mystical beauty of science.

To ensure the widest possible dissemination of the publication, SAASTA will be distributing copies (only
10 000 copies printed) across the country through its own channels and also via science centres, science councils and the Department of Education at national, provincial, district and circuit levels. Provinces are encouraged to print additional copies of the publication, subject to SAASTA's approval, to ensure that this resource/publication is used maximally.

Please contact us on info@saasta.ac.za if you would like to secure your copy of the Get SET Go publication.

By Daphney Molewa, Corporate Communicator, SAASTA