National Science Week 2012 to close with a “Big Bang””

The Department of Science and Technology will conclude celebrations for its flagship event, National Science Week, tomorrow morning.

August 3, 2012

The Department of Science and Technology will conclude celebrations for its flagship event, National Science Week, tomorrow morning at Maponya Mall in Soweto with a “flash mob” activation titled “Dance for Science”.

Heeding Minister Naledi Pandor’s call at the launch to make science accessible to the youth, the Department took to various platforms to engage and update the youth about activities taking place throughout the week through social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Chomi.

Dance for Science was created to encourage young South Africans to take part in science-related fields in a fun and exciting manner, thereby making science and technology cool and fun.

Speaking to approximately 6 000 learners and dignitaries, such as the Swiss and German ambassadors to South Africa, at the National Science Week launch last Saturday at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus, Minister Pandor encouraged South African youth to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

South Africans from all walks of life are encouraged to log onto the National Science Week’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NationalScienceWeek. Follow us on Twitter on @ScienceWeekSA, as well as on Chomi, available on VodacomLive! At http://live.vodafone.com/chomi. Download the clip, learn the dance and join the Dance for Science at Maponya Mall this Saturday!

National Science Week kicked off on Saturday 28 July 2012 with various events aimed at exposing the youth to science across the country. Organisations such as Sci-Bono, SAASTA, Cradle for Humankind and the KZN Science Centre are among some of the participants that hosted events during national science week.

Dance for Science is choreographed by the National School of Arts’ dance department and learners from that institution will take to the dance floor on Saturday at 12:00 at Maponya Mall in Soweto.