50 students each from 50 schools in and around Phalaborwa will benefit from their proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Ndlovu Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) during national science week this May.
Kruger and SAEON staff will be joined by scientists from the Transvaal Museum, and the Lulekani town hall will resound with presentations on subjects such as the science of game capture, disease control, the role of insects and biodiversity, the implications of global warming, and others. Displays will also be set up by Air Force personnel from Hoedspruit, the South African Weather Service, the Working for Water Programme and the South African Agency for Science and Technology.
Evening talks will also be held in the Lulekani and Namakgale town halls. These are open to the public and cover topics ranging from global warming to the technology of pottery. Organiser Dave Balfour said, “The event promotes celebration of the importance of science, engineering and technology in people’s daily lives and aims to maximise exposure of learners to potential careers in science and technology.”
The numerous activities planned for the week of May 13 to May 21 are organised by the staff of SAEON and the Palabora Foundation, together with the department of education. Funding is provided by the department of science and technology.