National Science Week (NSW) is an annual event aimed at exhibiting and communicating science awareness. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities of the value of STEMI (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation) to people’s daily lives.
NSW is run across the entire country simultaneously at multiple sites. SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) has been appointed by the DST as the implementing agency and plays the role of the National Project Management for the National Science Week.
This event is very much essential for every community and its people to remind us of the importance of science & technology in our daily lives. It is a reminder to embrace constant changes and become innovative in order to change the environments we stay in and ultimately the country. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in. The ArcelorMittal Science Centre had various science related programs running during the science week to make promote STEMI to its full potential and create a practical environment for learners to be able to put their theoretical knowledge to the test. There was so much to learn, incorporate and impart from all the different exhibitors and exhibitions. This year’s theme is based on “Facing the harsh realities of climate change“.
Activities and issues such as: robotics, technological innovations (ANTSA), climate change effects (Environmental affairs), history of the periodic table elements, each-one-teach-one computer classes, science exhibitions (design challenges), mathematics self-evaluation, SAPS Bomb squad, Forensics and English attack were addressed and conducted. Such activities are essential in problem solving, education, scientific and creative discovery.