South Africa's annual science, technology and innovation extravaganza will get under way this weekend, when the Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, launches National Science Week (NSW) 2018 at the University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit on Saturday, 28 July.

 

National Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI), attracting thousands of learners and members of the public to workshops, science shows and lectures.

 

Held countrywide at various universities, schools, science centres and public facilities, this year's activities take place under the theme "Celebrating Mama Albertina Sisulu, a Woman of Fortitude: Deepening democracy through science, technology and innovation".

 

The University of Mpumalanga forms the backdrop to this year's launch, and will be a hive of activity with exhibitions, science demonstrations and workshops illustrating the value of science in our daily lives. An estimated 3 700 learners from around the province are expected to visit the more than 80 exhibitions.

 

Former Grade 12 learner Fiona Khoza from Mahhushe Agricultural High School, who won the Siemens Grand Prize at the 2017 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, will do a science presentation.

 

The young science boffin won last year's competition with an innovative solar tracking device. Built from various ready-to-hand components, it tracks the movement of the sun across the sky.

 

NSW, which forms part of the Department of Science and Technology's science engagement strategy, also encourages learners to pursue careers in STEMI.

 

The Premier of Mpumalanga, Ms Refilwe Mtsweni, and the University of Mpumalanga Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Thoko Mayekiso, will join Minister Kubayi-Ngubane on Saturday for the official launch programme.

 

National Science Week will take place from 28 July to 4 August 2018. For more information, including a programme of NSW activities across the country, visit www.saasta.ac.za.

 

Media are invited as follows:

Date:              28 July 2018

Time:              07:00 to 17:00

Venue:           University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit

 

Issued by the Department of Science and Technology

 

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