Much ado about science

05 March 2007 | Story by Daniella Pollock

An apple a day: The workshop, Symmetry in Nature, made symmetry simple.

About 1 600 Grade 9s to Grade 12s flooded the gates of the Darul Islam Islamic High School, Athlone, to get to UCT's Science Day 2007 on 1 March.

It was the first of its kind both in the Cape Flats community and the province.

The idea behind this fun day, said Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, professor of zoology and chair of the marketing committee that organised the day, is to excite children about science and to enhance such partnerships between the school community and UCT.

Science-related workshops and exhibitions - from gadgets galore to tiny organisms visible only through the microscope's eye '“ drew hordes of pupils from some 24 surrounding schools.

UCT departments, including astronomy, botany and zoology, teamed up with organisations such as the MTN ScienCentre and the South African Weather Bureau to turn the hall into a scientific labyrinth '“ where even the previous generation's child could lose themselves for hours.

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