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Meet the new schools debates advisory committee
The advisory committee on the SAASTA National Schools Debates Project for 2014 has been appointed.
The advisory committee will be required to structure the topics of each of the debates for the provincial and national tournaments. They will also develop a database of content specialists who will assist with the adjudication and mentoring at the provincial tournaments across all nine provinces.
The main objective of the SAASTA National Schools Debates Competition is to stimulate interest among learners (Grades 9 to 11) to study towards careers in science, engineering and technology (SET) through researching and debating high-level topics. In addition, the competition also aims to advance the public awareness, appreciation and engagement of SET in South Africa.
But not only does the SAASTA National Schools Debates Competition stimulate an interest in SET careers, it also introduces learners to broader scientific topics and encourages them to consider how science relates to everyday life.
Focus on Crystallography
Each year the overall theme of the SAASTA National Schools Debates tournament is aligned to the international scientific focus. This year the focus will be on Crystallography and SAASTA hopes that this topic will provide greater appreciation for the scientific world and a healthy dose of scepticism that will allow learners to question things and consider new approaches.
SAASTA looks forward to working with this dynamic team in developing the next generation of South Africa’s leaders in the field of Science, Engineering and Technology.
By Daphney Molewa, Corporate Communicator, SAASTA