For Immediate Attention
21 June 2012
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle these holidays with KZN ScienCentre
The KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping will be looking to inspire young and old with its Reduce, Re-use, Recycle programme during the upcoming school holidays (23 June – 15 July). The series of workshops will enlighten scholars of all ages about sustainable living and encourage them to live the 3 R’s (Reduce, Re-use and Recycle), and also form part of the KZN ScienCentre’s Youth Month celebrations.
The environmentally charged Reduce, Re-use Recycle programme includes a number of fun and interactive workshops “aimed at making visitors more aware of the extensive uses of everyday materials. We also want children to learn more about the state of our planet, teaching them that they can play a huge role in making the planet a healthier and greener place for future generations”.
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle workshops will include the Recycled Rocket Race, where visitors will be designing, constructing and racing rockets made using recycled materials; creating unconventional art with used and discarded materials during Daring Dirt Art; and Coke Bottle Canisters, where visitors will be constructing and decorating sealable containers to take home.
With June being Youth Month in South Africa, Kast and her team at the KZN ScienCentre having been going the extra mile to ensuring that scholars in the province understand the importance of science education and its widespread everyday application. Another exciting initiative that has seen over 50 local schools visit the KZN ScienCentre this year is its curriculum based Electrifying Electricity Shows programme. Hosted in partnership with the EThekwini Municipality and Eskom, the various workshops that comprise the Electrifying Electricity Shows programme are aimed at assisting students (Grade 4 – 12) prepare for exams. A wide range of topics are addressed, introducing the younger learners to the topic of electricity, what it is and how it is produced, whilst also exploring more advanced issues such as electrical circuits. This initiative is ongoing, with KZN ScienCentre educators set to visit at least 30 additional schools with its Outreach Vehicle in the build up to National Science Week (30 July – 3 August).
The KZN ScienCentre, a Non Profit Organization (NPO #064-359-NPO), is situated at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga and offers a great variety of educational and event facilities following an extensive revamp in October 2009. Through a variety of exhibits, workshops, themed holiday programmes, events, presentations and conferences, the KZN ScienCentre aims to promote science awareness amongst all citizens and in particular the youth, in order to encourage them to pursue science and technology related professions. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by the KZN ScienCentre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits.
The facilities at the KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping include: its 40-seater domed planetarium, over 150 interactive science and technology exhibits, a 120-seat audio-visually equipped auditorium, a 60-seat conference room, a 60-seat laboratory, 12 well-trained Education Officers, 24-hour camera surveillance and supervision, to name but a few.
Those who wish to become part of the KZN ScienCentre’s online community are encouraged to ‘Like’ KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter, or visit the KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre Shopping website at www.sciencentre.co.za. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by the KZN ScienCentre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. For further enquiries, the KZN ScienCentre front desk can be contacted on 031-5668040.
Issued on behalf of: KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Press release compiled by:
Olivia Jones Communications
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