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What is a science centre

what is a science centreA science centre is an educational facility that uses effective methods to teach science, technology, mathematics and engineering. These methods rely mainly on the use of interactive displays, events and activities, but science centres also use new technologies, such as social media, web-based education programmes and remote teaching and learning techniques.

A science centre is exactly as the word describes: a hub of science which aims to enrich the school curriculum and equip learners by providing valuable hands-on learning experiences using world class exhibits that are designed to increase learners’ skill and understanding of science, technology and maths – demystifying the world of science & technology.

Science centres stimulate curiosity, develop inquiring minds and expose children and adults to positive new experiences. They help people to cope with the rapidly changing technological environment, and empower them by improving their life skills. They also complement the school curriculum and train science multipliers such as teachers, teacher-trainers and parents.

They are a place for families to play around with science and they help inspire individual self-guided learning. Science centres offer an environment which can showcase research and be a dynamic place for experience sharing.

Download the Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC) brochure.