It is time to celebrate National Science Week again! This is an initiative that is run nationally and is funded by the Department of Science and Technology. The programmes are managed and co-ordinated by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Awareness (SAASTA) but it is actually implemented by many different service providers.
If you want to find out more about this, please do go and visit the SAASTA webpage .
The theme this year is “Advancing Science Tourism”. There are all sorts of exciting demonstrations, activities and exhibitions happening all over the country.
On the 5th of August – in the Springs Mall – there is an expo on The Science of Paint! It is on from 10am to 5pm and is open to the general public – you don’t have to book or anything – you can just rock up.
This is what you can expect…
Take a walk through the history of paint and learn how the processes have changed overthe years. We will start with Rock Art move on to natural dyes and pigments then oils and water colours and finally on to synthetic paint.
During the activity you will get an opportunity to test the methods of making paint with the end goal of making art. Engaging, fun, and messy – come join us!
For more info you can contact Anthea Moys (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tel: 011 021 1177
Sounds like a lot of fun to me – and best of all – it’s free!
Of course, although National Science Week starts on the 5th August and runs for a week – the world is full of science that is all around us, and can be seen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year…. you get what I mean!
We’ve done little science experiments in this blog before – but if you are keen on having some serious fun at home go and visit Arvind Gupta’s website . He is Ginny’s friend and shows you how to make fabulously fun toys from trash (so you don’t need any fancy stuff) that all work on scientific principles.
Of course you can always visit a science centre too. Those are tremendous fun and are open all year round. Not only during National Science Week.
Lastly – if you want to be a space tourist – you can visit our website and read Sibo in Space free for the next week or so.
Science is super!