National Science Week 2012
Just like last year, I assisted my Educational Development Centre with National Science Week activities. This year they were able to do most of the work on their own, which was extremely gratifying to me as a volunteer.
Me and my Peace Corps colleagues, Josh and Julie, served as their scientists in residence. This is us with the new centre director:
We visited some schools, just like last year:
And did crazy experiments:
2 seconds later:
We visited some of the shopping malls in town:
We did also did some science demonstrations at the local shopping centre:
(A special thanks to the volunteers from Tenteleni for photographing our event!)
The EDC staff organized a series of field trips. First was Sonae Novoboard, a local particle board manufacturer:
Next was Sembcorp Silulumanzi, the local water utility:
And finally, the Lowveld Botanical Garden:
We ended the week with a teachers workshop:
In sadly typical South African Department of Education fashion, hundred of teachers were invited but only three showed up. The EDC staff was understandably upset, but we took it as an opportunity to give those three teachers the best workshop ever. And it was awesome. It’s amazing how an empty teachers workshop is the kind of thing that could totally break your spirit as a Peace Corps Volunteer if it happened right when you start, but after almost two years you see it as an opportunity to work with three teachers instead of zero.
One school was awesome enough to have a dance off while we set up: