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|Special award for Limpopo learner|
|National Science Olympiad Awards|
|Youth Science Focus Week|
|Showing career opportunities to girls|
|Africa Code Week|
|FameLab International Competition|
|My FameLab experience|
|Debates winners off to New York|
|Finding solutions to energy problems|
|Centenary of Proxima Centauri|
|Meet SAASTA's Gao Tiro|
|Refocusing our lens on our youth|
|Science on a research vessel|
|Partnership to conserve water|
|Managing freshwater resources|
|Rhodes and SAIAB promote science|
|In the news|
|It's a fact!|
Top achievers experience the real world of science
Whereas the main objective of the National Science Olympiad is to nurture potential scientists, the Youth Focus Week exposes the youngsters to careers in science, engineering and technology (SET).
The learners, who hail from South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe, were exposed to a wide range of role models with careers in science, engineering and technology. They were taken on visits to companies in different sectors of the economy for an introduction to the "real world" of work and career options available in these sectors.
The first stop was at Cullinan Diamond Mines where they witnessed a range of different professionals at work in the science, engineering and technology fields. The learners got to see first-hand what a normal work day consists of for workers in the mining sector such as geologists and electrical and mining engineers.
Then the bright young minds were off to the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Silverton, Pretoria, a government body charged with finding the best ways to protect South Africa's legendary biodiversity and leverage its benefits to society.
Other sites the learners visited included Nissan South Africa, the Wits Origins Centre, the Johannesburg Observatory, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, the Pretoria Botanical Garden, Denel Dynamics and the Sci-Enza Science Centre. These visits exposed the learners to careers in engineering, botany and zoology, among others.
Speaking at the National Science Olympiad awards event, which marked the end of the Focus Week on July 2, the learner representatives said they found the experience invaluable in helping them decide on a future career.
Youth Science Focus Week forms part of SAASTA's role-modelling campaign that includes career days organised nationally at schools.