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National Science Week 2017

5 - 12 August

Free entry to CTSC - 6, 9 & 12 Aug

FREE ENTRY to the Cape Town Science Centre on 6, 9 & 12 August 2017!

Join us as we explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, science shows, coding, Edro robotics workshop, gene editing workshop, a Living Maths show, a lunch time talk, puppet show, hands-on workshops, science & maths games, demos and more!

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National Science Week is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, implemented by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, a Business unit of the National Research Foundation.

Refreshments will be on sale at the iCafe.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Please note that bookings for workshops can be made upon arrival at the information desk. Workshop participants will be accommodated on a first-come-first served basis. Space is limited.

Africa Code Week Coding workshop – 6 & 9 August @ 11:00 & 14:30
Get SCRATCHing and learn how to code (computer programming). Suitable for children 8 – 14.

The CRISPR way to correct Nature’s spelling mistakes: it’s more fun than school – 9 August @ 11:00
In this hands-on workshop, find out about DNA and its cousin RNA. Discover that Nature sometimes makes mistakes in copying the human DNA code, which can cause genetic diseases. Be a scientist and explore the revolutionary CRISPR way to put things right. Ask yourself is it OK for scientists to tinker with Nature in this way?

LUNCH TIME TALK: The giant terrestrial fossil birds: are they all so terrifying? – 9 August @ 12:00
The oldest group of giant terrestrial birds is known to have lived during the Cretaceous time, in the same time as the famous dinosaurs, and the most recent groups became extinct only few centuries ago, because of the human activities. It is generally believe that these birds were all some terrible carnivorous birds, hunting the poor small mammals. But this is not always true and several new studies challenge these old theories.

Flower Taxonomy Workshops – 6, 9 & 12 August @ 11:00
Learn about all things botanical in this workshop. Get hands-on and press flowers, categorise them and learn their weird and wonderful names.

Rock Painting Workshop – 6, 9 & 12 August @ 12:00
It is thought that South Africa has the richest treasure trove of rock art in the world. This ancient legacy of the San people (Bushmen) can be viewed in national parks and nature reserves all over the country. Join us at the CTSC and we discover the history of rock art and make our own rock paintings.

Capturing history in the making – photography workshop – 6, 9 & 12 August @ 12:30
Memories happen every moment of the day but if you capture them with a camera you can make them last a lifetime… Join in on this digital photography workshop and learn how to capture your memories.

Space Science Workshop – 6, 9 & 12 August @ 15:00
Outer space begins about 100 km above the Earth, where the shell of air around our planet disappears. With no air to scatter sunlight, space appears as a black blanket dotted with stars. Satellites help scientists learn things about the Earth and other planets. Join us and build a satellite of your own.

Information correct at time of this being posted. Programme is subject to change without notice.