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Science week celebrates technology
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:43
Written by Farzana Rasool
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) recently held National Science Week (NSW) as a platform to attract learners to science, engineering, and technology (SET) careers.
The celebrations were conducted in collaboration with higher education institutions, science centres, other government departments, non-governmental organisations and science councils, under the theme “The Role of Science and Technology in Economic Development”.
Activities took place at more than 89 sites, including science centres throughout the nine provinces. Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor encouraged parents, learners and teachers to make sure that learners visit an NSW site close to their homes.
“Science and technology are in everything that we do and their role in the economic development of a country often goes unnoticed.”
The DST adds that through NSW, it celebrates the importance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation in citizens’ daily lives.
The DST, in collaboration with many other stakeholders and role players in the science system, uses NSW to contribute to the development of a society that values and appreciates SET; provide a platform for scientists to engage with each other and with the non-scientific community; profile the work of the department, including its priorities; and attract learners to SET-based careers.
It says learners will benefit greatly from educational materials distributed, including science, engineering and technology career awareness information.
Young people were also encouraged to share their thoughts about science, technology and innovation on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
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