Foldscope stand at NSW

ICGEB Cape Town activities for South Africa National Science Week

From 29 July to 3 August 2019, ICGEB Cape Town is taking part in science-based activities in the countrywide celebration of science

ICGEB was at the #NSW2019 national launch event on Saturday, 27 July 2019 in Kimberley, Northern Cape, drawing both the attention of the DST and huge crowds at its Foldscope workshop event.

Claudia Russo and Mariet Wium comprised the ICGEB Cape Town team who interacted with Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Mr. Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology, and who brought the magic of Foldscope – the paper microscope championing curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration – to broad groups of students and members of the public.

Continuing the celebration of National Science Week, the Component hosted a School Outreach Day with Ubuntu Academy School on 31 July 2019; 22 young, dynamic learners spent the day on the premises. Activities included exposure to cutting-edge biotechnology, as well as the use of the Foldscope. There was much excitement in the labs, with young learners leaving the Component feeling inspired after their hands-on scientific experience at ICGEB Cape Town. This, indeed, is Science!

South Africa National Science Week (NSW), is an annual event aiming to exhibit and communicate awareness in science. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities during the week. NSW is run across the country simultaneously at multiple sites. SAASTA, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, has been appointed by the DST as the implementing agency and plays the role of the National Project Management for the National Science Week.

Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences. This year’s theme: “Facing the harsh realities of climate change”.