South Africa's Contribution to STEM in Africa through Sci-Bono
Spreading the news about STEM contribution by various institutions.
While we know this established fact, that drones contribute substantially to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), we must take time to consider the impact of government institutions to this noble course. Clear to all, South Africa was great off the mark with the drone regulations stipulated through the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), to ensure legal and safe operations of drones in the country.
Similarly, South Africa has established what may be regarded as a world renowned STEM-pioneering institution in its borders, namely Sci-Bono.
Sci-Bono is a tech-abuzz environment that does a myriad of things to do with science, experiments and science-filled merriment, thereby advancing STEM in Africa.
Hosting various kinds of events from kids birthday parties, tours of the Sci-bono exhibition centre, Sci-bono showcases big and little science marvels including in-house dinosauric creatures, a peak into early science and chemistry explosions which kids love very much.
Aircraft, test tubes, engines and space creatures are a regular sight at Sci-Bono. With kids' fingers pointing and touching, kids testing and screaming to their hearts' content.
Weekdays, weekends and holidays alike, are not much different at Sci-Bono which often dons a row or more of tour busses. Sci-Bono also hosts many ad hoc local and international exhibitions to be enjoyed by all. Body Worlds – The Cycle of Life exhibition was the high talking point all over the news, and thousands flocked into Sci-Bono in order not to miss this international event.
Sci-Bono also takes the shows to the kids and communities in outlying locations, through its own Sci-Bono mobile exhibits, and exhibitions to create awareness, interest and enjoyment of STEM.
The Sci-Bono Clubhouse is an after-school learning programme that offers kids and teens an amazingly good start in a possible career in computers, music video and graphic design. The clubhouse doors are open for this learning opportunity everyday of the week, and for full days during holidays.
Besides the exhibition centre, birthday hosting, and the clubhouse, Sci-Bono boasts many other exceptional facilities including ICT classes for youth, school support, laboratories, and career centre.
Some unique look and feel corporate events are held at this award winning institution. Sci-Bono is no stranger to winning awards, bagging no less than 9 major awards through the years, including the UN public service award under the auspices of the Gauteng Department of Gauteng (GDE).
This largest Science Centre in Southern Africa is certainly charting a leading path to the crucial STEM knowledge-gap-bridging in the country, and much needed economic-growth catalystic contribution.
To fully dissipate the prevailing strong sense of STEM skills shortage, or STEM crisis as often referred to in the schools education sector, South Africa through the GDE and Sci-Bono, is constantly adding on to the STEM curriculum, and expanding the national STEM reach by using amongst others, the Sci-Bono mobile school component.
STEM in Basic education and Higher Education accelerates steadily through STEM schools like Sci-Bono. We can look forward in future to STEM programmes being rolled out more widely in Johannesburg and outskirts, also in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and surrounding areas. Certainly youth from the townships of SOWETO, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Umlazi, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Mamelodi, Atteridgeville, Vosloorus, Katlehong, Letlhabile, Britz etc., will stand to gain more from future STEM regional expansions.
There is also future hope that since STEM is well-entrenched in Sci-Bono, youth and adults could soon see Sci-Bono hosting Drone talks or workshops, and drone exhibitions. Or we could be in for a treat in the future perhaps of drone night time light shows to delight our senses. Those prospects are exciting to look forward to.
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