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Eastern Cape teachers and learners learn about civil engineering at SANRAL SciFest stand

Mar 12, 2019
Eastern Cape teachers and learners learn about civil engineering at SANRAL SciFest stand

High school and primary school learners from across the Eastern Cape visited the SANRAL stand at the SciFest in Grahamstown, to understand how the periodic table help civil engineers because they use elements in all facets of material design.

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) is exhibiting at this year’s SciFest, sharing information about civil engineering, scholarship and bursary programmes available to learners. SciFest started on Wednesday last week and ends on Tuesday.

This year’s SciFest theme Discover your element acknowledges the existence of the Periodic Table manifested by the United Nations. It aims at promoting public awareness to high school learners outlining the value of science, innovation and technology in South Africa.

Michelle Ah Shene, SANRAL Southern Region communications coordinator said the it was important to expose primary and high school learners to the science especially the role of the periodic table and civil engineering.

“Some of the learners did not know that the periodic table played a role when it comes to the materials used to build roads, bridges, paint used in line markings, for example,” Ah Shene said.

“It is important to build good roads to decrease the rate of accidents that are happening,” said Portia Ngqolowa, 18 years old, Grade 12 learner from Sandi  High School.

Eastern Cape learners and teachers excited about SANRAL exhibition at SciFest

Thabo Mbangendlu, 19 years old a matric learner from Sandi High School in Ngqeleni, wants to study civil engineering.

“I want to fix damaged roads for the community. It is important that we have roads that are smooth to drive on. In some communities there are no tarred roads and I want this to change,” said Mbangendlu.

Ivan Mtyuba a Natural Science and Maths teacher at Rainbow Academy Primary in Tsomo said the number of learners from the school attended this year’s Sci-fest has increased compared to the previous year.

“The children find coming to the SciFest very interesting and they are motivated to study science. By visiting the SANRAL stand the learners developed a love for science,” Mtyuba said.

Bryan Chishakwe a Natural Science and Computer Orientation teacher at Mida Primary and High School in Dutywa said the SciFest “exposes learners to science on another level”.

“Visiting the SANRAL stand has inspired the learners to pursue careers in science. I believe they are inspired to study hard,” said Chishakwe.

SciFest Africa is an annual national science festival which was established in 1996 to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation in South Africa.

The scholarship programme will consider applicants with a 70-75% aggregate in Maths and Science, a 65% mark in English and an overall 75% plus pass rate. It pays for the school fees, books, stationery, uniform, sports uniform and for hosting the learner at a gala dinner/luncheon.

SANRAL’s bursary scheme was initiated in 2007 and caters for students with outstanding academic performance in civil engineering and related studies in the built environment.

For more information on the scholarship and bursary programmes visit www.nra.co.za

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