National Science Week is an annual initiative of the department of Science and Technology (DST) together with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA). National Science Week is a nationwide celebration of science, with the primary goal of contributing to the development of a society that is knowledgeable about science, critically engaged and scientifically literate! The countrywide celebration of science is coordinated by NRF/SAASTA and takes place simultaneously at various sites, on all 9 provinces.
Each year a new theme was chosen and hosts were expected to organize activities around the overarching theme. This year, the theme for the National Science Week 2018 was “Deepening Our Democracy through Science” in celebration of the centenary and the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
This year National Science Week festivities will take place between the 28th of July 2018 and 4th of August 2018. Nelson Mandela University’s prelaunch activities will kick start on the 18th of July, on the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela, with a symposium on this year’s National Science Week theme of “Deepening our Democracy through Science”.
National Science Week (NSW), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is a countrywide celebration of STEMI involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting STEMI activities during the declared week. NSW takes place simultaneously in multiple sites in all the nine provinces.
NRF/SAASTA has been appointed by the DST as the implementing agency and play the role of coordinating and managing activities pertaining to the project.
Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around these themes to the target participants. The NSW is a mass participation initiative within the context of the Science Engagement Strategy and its objectives are the following:
Check out our gallery and browse through some of the exciting activities that took place around Pretoria.
SCOPEX SSVI 2018 PROJECT
Brain waves development is excited to be one of the two organisations that have been selected to receive a telescope donated by Jean-Pierre Grootaerd,the founder of Stars’ shine for everyone (Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen) in partnership with scopeX through their ScopeX 2018 SSVI project.
The focus of the project was to find suitable homes for two telescopes which would be used for the benefit of young people.
BRESSER has donated two telescopes and their mounts will be made by the ATM group from the Public Observatory Armand Pien in Ghent together with the Department of physics and Astronomy of Ghent University.
The formal handing over of the telescope will take place at the ScopeX annual telescope and astronomy expo on the 15thod September 2018 at the Military History Museum.