Thrilled Murray High School learners attend Scifest 2019


Scifest 2019, the 23rd edition of South Africa’s National Science Festival was held in Grahamstown from the 6 -12 March 2019.

Six Grade 12 learners from Murray High School, accompanied by Mr. Zinzile Bobi (Principal of Murray High and B10F Board Director) and Mrs. Anathi Tyontwana (Head of Department Mathematics and Sciences at Murray High) attended the Scifest. The learners enthusiastically viewed and learned about the latest scientific developments and were given an overview of Science career options.

Scifest 2019, theme, “Discover your element”, celebrated the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements as proclaimed by the United Nations.

The learners attended workshops, shows and activities, that were related to the grade 12 curriculum:

  • The elements of change dealt with evolution.
  • A forensic scientist dealt with genetics.
  • Wondering continents dealt with plate tectonics.
  • A journey through space, a star party and laser show covered electromagnetic radiation in Physical Sciences and Geography.
  • BBC crowd science covered from the lab to the stage.

On return from the fair, the learners will present their findings, share their experiences and new insights with the other Physical Science learners in their classes.

The learners were delighted with their experiences and learned that South Africa is a leader in Astrophysics, which is a career that some of them have now fallen in love with.

They were also given the opportunity to have one on one discussions with different scientists. The overall experience has motivated them to view Science on a broader scale and not to limit themselves in their Science career choices.

A big thank you to our funders – St. Thomas Methodist Church and an anonymous sponsor. Without your valued assistance, the learners of Murray High would not have had this formative experience.

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