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On Saturday 29 July, it was all about showing learners that science can be practical and fun – not just abstract theory. 

Nelson Mandela University’s Faculty of Science in conjunction with the Science Students' Association hosted a lecture on scientific landmarks of Africa and invited leaners and educators from local schools and surrounding areas.

The event was based on showing scientific landmarks of Africa and South Africa, science wise homes and fun scientific demonstrations. The scientific landmarks of Africa lecture focussed on places in Africa that have contributed to the study of science.

During the lecture, reference was made to the University’s High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope housed in the Physics Department which can show atoms - the only one of its kind in Africa.

The presentation included other interesting topics like food preservation, the science of hair, growing veggies and two scientific demonstrations one from the Polymer Department and the other from the Chemistry Department.

The purpose of this event was to inspire young minds to pursue careers in science, inform learners about some of the scientific landmarks of Africa and making learners aware of the contribution Africa has made to Science. It was about presenting science to learners as something that is practical and not just an abstract theory in a book and to have scientific fun!

The event was a precursor to National Science Week which will be launched at the University’s Missionvale Campus on Saturday, 5 August and will run for a week.

Picture: leaners during Presentation on Scientific Landmarks of Africa #NSW

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