May 2015
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Learners to link up with astronaut
Shared Sky, shared wisdom
"Talking science" competition
A meeting of minds
Young scientists take on Australia
Learners unveil project in Beijing
Introduction to crystals
Young Science Communicators' Competition
SAASTA inspires class of 2015
Meet Prof. Nox Makunga
Top young achiever's journey
Wonders of water at Scifest Africa
Learners work with particle physicists
Meet SAEON's new education officer
Light comes out of the darkness
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!


Mafikeng learners link up with astronaut on space station

Excited learners from the Sol Plaatje Primary School asked Captain Samantha Cristoforetti questions about life in space, science experiments conducted on the station and astronomy in general. More

Shared Sky, shared wisdom

The Shared Sky exhibition reflects the SKA's 'One Sky' concept – that the night sky is an increasingly scarce natural resource that belongs to, and is shared by, all humanity. More

International "talking science" competition picks SA winner

Stevie Biffen will be taking her science to the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK, to compete in the international FameLab finals. More

Opinion poll

Is South Africa making full use of its available resources to move into the "green technology" era?

A meeting of minds

SKA SA-supported PhD and MSc students, postdoctoral fellows and senior local and international researchers met in Stellenbosch for the ninth SKA SA postgraduate bursary conference. More

Bright young scientists take on Australia

The top achievers in the 2014 National Science Olympiad attended the Australian Youth Science Forum as part of their prize, where they soaked up science, technology and culture. More

Science travels from Ladysmith to Beijing

Two South African girl learners unveiled their award-winning research project at the Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition in March this year. More


An introduction to the wonderful world of crystals

Science centre facilitators from six provinces were trained in the use of specially designed crystallography kits, ensuring that the kits will be used to great effect to promote science awareness in the country. More

Young Science Communicators' Competition – 'What's at steak?'

Competition winner Alexander Venter succeeded in communicating sobering information about food production ... and its impact on the environment. More

SAASTA inspires class of 2015

The Working World Expo is the largest career guidance initiative of its kind in South Africa. Participating matrics interacted with 70 exhibiting organisations representing a diverse range of career, study and funding options. More

A nurturing journey with a top young achiever

In the 2014 matric examinations, Ntsikelelo Charles was the second top achiever in his district and the top achiever in the previously disadvantaged schools. More


Meet plant biotechnology expert Prof. Nox Makunga

Prof. Makunga embraces all opportunities to communicate science – to reinforce the message that Africa has a role to play in the global science space. More

Wonders of water on show at Scifest Africa

Visitors were entranced by the diverse activities and exhibits on ofer at Water World, a festival venue hosted by the SA Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. More



Opening the window of cutting-edge physics to young investigators

High school learners get to work directly with particle physicists to analyse data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. More



Omphile aims to further science education in the arid lands

SAEON's new education officer intends to draw on her experience in environmental education to inspire a new generation. More



Light comes out of the darkness

A soundly researched new book aimed at readers engaged or interested in science education, traces the history of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. More

In the news

Want to age gracefully? Ask a bowhead whale. Read more about that, as well as plans for Africa's own lunar spacecraft. More

Diarise these dates!

Don't miss out on any of the exciting science advancement programmes on the SAASTA calendar of events. More

It's a fact!

Read how science is helping archaeologists reclaim lost treasures from one of the most mysterious shipwrecks of all time. More