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School Programme

A strategic objective of the Cape Town Science Centre is to support both learners and educators by aligning our programmes and workshops with the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS).

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Double Deals

One visit, but two exciting educational experiences. A double deal includes a condensed CTSC programme (science show, time to explore interactive exhibits & Camera Obscura tour) as well as a workshop presented by one of our educational partners.

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Cost on application
All workshops are tailored to individual groups based on their needs. Visit www.livingmaths.com for details.
• Maths Workshops
• Teachers Workshops
• Problem Solving and Creative Workshops


Entry fee to CTSC + R20/learner
• Grade 1-4: Build and programme a Lego WeDo robot in teams of 2 (group size max 28 children).
• Grade 5-11: Programme a Lego Mindstorms Robot in teams of 4 (group size max 28 children).

Please note that all bookings must be made through the CTSC. Additional costs apply to certain workshops.
For workshop details and costs, contact Portia: 021 300 3200 or portia@ctsc.org.za

Click on the coloured tabs below to view the current workshops on offer for each phase.

the environment and me
our natural environment
earth and beyond

Grade R

Colour What is your favourite colour? Have fun with colour and explore the amazing world of colour.
Sound Sound is all around us, but what is sound? How do instruments make different sounds?
Water Bubbles are easy to make and heaps of fun to play with. Make bubbles of all shapes and sizes.
Animals Big or small. Why do some fly and others crawl?

Grade 1

Weather  The seasons bring lots of weather changes. One day it could be windy andso cold, another day it can be rainy, or the perfect day to play at the park!
Senses Your body does some amazing things, so why not put it to the test? Explore your 5 senses by doing some investigations.
Plants & Seeds What better way to celebrate springtime by planting a garden? Have a closer look at how plants grow from seeds.
Our Solar System Our solar neighbourhood is an exciting place. The Solar System is full of planets, moons, asteroids and many other exciting objects.

Grade 2

Water Learn about the importance of water and its role in our everyday lives. Make use of easy methods to filter water using ordinary materials.
Seasons Celebrate the changing of the seasons all year round. Identify weather patterns and learn more about how seasons occur.
Transport Would you like to make things GO! Learn about different modes of transportation on land, sea and in the air.
Communication The ability to communicate with others is a critical social skill for children to learn. Make your own telephone and chat with your friend.

Grade 3

Health Protection Learn a few first-aid principles and be prepared for injuries. Also develop compassion, selfesteem, and a sense of purpose.
Life cycle of an insect Bugs, bugs, bugs! Learn about them, butterflies, beetles and bees.
Satellites What are satellites? Let us take you on a journey into space to find out more.
Natural Disasters Whether it’s a natural disaster or a man-made one, be prepared to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

life and living
matter and material
energy and change


Grade 4

Biodiversity Learn about the diversity of life found on earth and various species.
Water Cycle Following water on its journey through an amazing cycle and learn about what happened to it along the way.
Energy & Sound Sound is a form of energy. Sound energy is all about vibrating air (gas), water (liquid), wood (solid), whatever material the vibration motion is near.
Planet Earth & beyond Have you noticed what happens if you let the air out of a balloon? Rockets work in much the same way.

Grade 5

Anatomy  Discover how unique you are and learn about the parts of the human body and five senses.
Processed Materials Learn about magnetism and how it can be used.
Energy & Movement Exploring different types of movement and the energy it requires.
The Rock Cycle Learn about the rock cycle and how to classify various rock types.

Grade 6

Nutrition A closer look at the food we eat and what it contains.
Mixtures Putting our knowledge of matter to use by mixing the different kinds.
Electric Circuits Investigate circuits using cells, bulbs, switches and conductors.
Planetarium – Telescopes Take a journey through the universe through two small pieces of glass.

life and living
matter and material
energy and change

Grade 7

Plant Diversity Explore the characteristics of the two main groups of the plant kingdom.
Separation of Mixtures Mixtures are all able to be separated by exploiting some physical property.
Heat Transfer Heat transfer is the exchange of thermal energy between physical systems, depending on the temperature and pressure, by dissipating heat.
Gravity Gravity, also called gravitation, is a force that exists among all material objects in the universe.

Grade 8

Micro-Organisms  Let’s study the wee ones of the world known as the microbes or the micro-organisms.
Expansion & Contraction Substances expand or get bigger when they are heated up. They contract or get smaller when they are cooled down. This property can be useful or harmful.
Visible Light Visible light is a form of electromagnetic (EM) radiation. It is defined as the wavelengths that are visible to most human eyes.
The Telescope It is an optical instrument to make distant objects appear larger and therefore nearer.

Grade 9

Cell Structure What’s in a cell? Each cell is like a little factory with some hard workers inside them!
Reaction of metals and non-metals with oxygen Both metals and non-metals when burnt in oxygen form their oxides.
Forces There are a variety of types of forces. The force can result from the contact or non-contact of the two interacting objects.
The Birth, Life & Death of stars What is a star? A star is just a cloud of gas! Learn more.


life sciences
environmental studies

Grade 10

Motion in one Dimension Let’s get moving and explore the science of motion in one direction.
Heating & Cooling Curve of Water Observe the change of the state of water graphically.
Cation & Anion Tests Identify cations and anions using flame and precipitation tests.
Electric Circuits Construct circuits and use ammeters and voltmeters to measure resistance in series and parallel circuits.
Reaction types Gas forming, precipitation and Neutralization – Observe the phase state of chemical results of various reactions.

 Grade 11

Ohm’s Law Investigate the relationship between voltage, current and resistance.
Intermolecular Forces Boiling points, melting points, surface tension, solubility, capillarity.
Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion Investigate the relationship between force and acceleration.
Snell’s Law Learn about the refraction of light and how to calculate the refractive index.
Exo- & Endothermic Reactions Is it an exothermic or endothermic reaction? Experiment to find out.

Grade 12

Titrations Determine the concentration of sodium hydroxide using oxalic acid.
Esters What are they? How do we make them? Discover the sweet smell of esterification.
Reaction Rate An experiment demonstrating factors that can speed up a chemical reaction.
Conservation of Linear Momentum Use a dynamics trolley and ticker tape to demonstrate conservation of linear momentum.
Internal Resistance of a Battery Build an electric circuit and use a known resistor to determine the internal resistance of a battery.
Value of ‘g’ Make your own pendulum to determine the value of ‘g’.