Reflecting on the amazing 2019 activities.

Article by: Sebao Mohlahleli

The year 2019 has been a very busy, productive and abundantly successful year for the ArcelorMittal Science Centre in Sebokeng. Not only have we created positive impact to the learners and general public, but we’ve created awareness about the science centre and its programs throughout the entire community. Promoting STEM has been an absolute priority as it is very much essential to create science engagements within the youth and general communities. Innovation leads to the creation of new products and processes that will definitely sustain our economy. Our Edutainers constantly instills the importance that STEM education in school has in order to spark an interest in pursuing a science-related career in students. However, teachers do not carry the whole burden of STEM education. Parents also must encourage their children to pursue STEM activities and increase awareness and interest at home and in extracurricular activities.

The participation of the amazing staff members who worked tirelessly to ensure the following successful events took place is immeasurable and appreciated;

  • Arbor week
  • Robotics competition, which our learners from Residensia Secondary School received a 3rd position trophy from the South African Robotics Club
  •  Robotics and science exhibitions at the Inaugural Maritime Industry conference
  • Winter school for grade 11 & 12 learners covering curriculum work in Physical science, Life science and Mathematics
  • Youth day celebration
  • Vaal Career Expo
  • National science week 2019
  • International Women in science event to celebrate, motivate and encourage young girls to pursue STEM related subjects and careers
  • Astro Quiz competition
  • English Attack Early Literacy Project
  • Science shows/experiments
  • Boys-to-manhood celebration

Social media played a huge and important role in terms of communicating science effectively in order to create consistent strengthened engagements and fun ways to educate people about STEM and other important issues that we are faced with on a daily basis. All of the above mentioned programs have been absolutely successful and purposeful but the one that created the biggest impact was the “women in science celebration” event with the theme being “balance for better”, where issues such as; sexual harassment & date rape, drug abuse, personal hygiene & teenage pregnancy, identification of goals, self-empowerment, STEM careers, stress management/discipline/respect and the ability to speak up about certain issues that women are faced with daily. Such an event is a constant reminder that “if you empower a women, you empower a nation”.

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