Free-to-attend virtual science fest for kids

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Providing a welcome distraction, entertainment and a chance to expand their knowledge – especially for kids who need a break from pandemic stress and anxiety – Sakhikamva Foundation has announced the launch of an action-packed, virtual science event that is free to attend

It will run until September 4 and will connect South African children, teachers and parents to the global science community.

Joined by US-based Ronnie Thomas from “Fun Weird Science”, SA’s Steve Sherman from “Living Maths” and Australian Dr Graham Walker, the Sakhikamva Science Festival programme aims to engage kids in science, technology, engineering and maths through fun ways of learning.

Steve Sherman from “Living Maths”. Picture: Supplied

Help with data issues

Thanks to a sponsorship from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), participating in the festival is free for all, and there are various strategies in place to help schools, parents and teachers with data issues to still access the virtual festival programme. TCS is a long-standing supporter of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) and the Sakhikamva Foundation. It was instrumental in the launch of foundation’s STREAM laboratories in Cape Town and Lanseria International Airport.

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**On August 28, 500 Grade 7 to 10 pupils will connect to the ExoLab experiment which connects children from around the world with scientists working on International Space Station. During this festival workshop, pupils with meet with international scientists who have conducted plant experiments on the space station.

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Brilliant workshops to inspire SA’s young innovators

The festival will provide a chance for a fun learning environment, while providing a welcome distraction from Covid-19 pandemic stress. Picture: Supplied

From building apps to designing drones, from aviation to robotics, the Sakhikamva Foundation Science Festival offers 20 inspiring shows and STEM workshops for pupils of different age groups. It’s an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to sign up their children or their classes for an extraordinary experience.

Workshops will be fun and interactive with lots of prizes to be won. Families can also join the Science Show-Off livestream with Dr Graham Walker of the Australian National University who, live from his home lab (aka his spare room!), performs experiments you can try at home – from vacuum-cleaner marshmallow cannons to gravity defying water – and lots you definitely should not.

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