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SAAO and HartRAO scoop first prize at Sasol Techno X

  Inspiring young minds at Sasol Techno X
Sasol Techno X, the largest career expo in the country, has been igniting young minds since 2000.

This year's event was held in Secunda, Mpumalanga for the first time after many years in Sasolburg in the Free State, making it accessible to more learners from across the country.

Since its inception, the expo has reached over 350 000 learners. The exhibition provides a platform for learners to engage with real-world application of their studies, focusing on mathematics, science and technology, while also discovering the exciting world of engineering.

Career guidance

According to Buzani Khumalo, one of the facilitators of the astronomy workshops, many of the learners require career guidance and interventions like this one make it possible for them to interact with people who work in various fields of science. Sasol Techno X also presents an opportunity for educators to request workshops on areas of science that require more detailed explanation, such as astronomy.

Team members from Astronomy SA were there to tell learners more about radio and optical astronomy, as well as different fields of study found in scientific research institutions like the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO).

Collectively, SAAO and the Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory (HartRAO) won first prize for their enthralling lectures and workshops, in which learners had the opportunity to build their own telescopes. In addition, SAAO and HartRAO distributed solar eclipse viewers in anticipation of the solar eclipse in September.

Staff writer, SAAO