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Book on of these incredible workshops for your school group:

  1. Water Cycle (Grade 1-3): Find out how water is naturally recycled while exploring the water cycle and perform a simple filtration experiment to purify water. Learners will be introduced to the concepts of evaporation and condensation and will learn about different water bodies and water forms.
  2. My First Chemistry Class (Grade 1-3): Enjoy this selection of fun and engaging chemistry experiments. Learn about density, the properties of air, basic chemical reactions and more.
  3. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (Grade 1-3): Find out about the different types of pollution and the three ‘R’s…Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Learners will investigate different types of waste and how to correctly categorize them for recycling.
  4. Renewable Energy (Grade 4-6): What is Renewable Energy and how can it help us protect the earth? Explore the different types of renewable energy and discover how we can use the energy from our sun to power a car.
  5. Exploring the Universe (Grade 4-7): Take a trip through space exploring constellations and our solar system as we learn about scale and calculate out how far each planet is from the sun.
  6. Sounds Awesome! (Grade 4-6): What is sound and how is it produced? What’s the difference between music and noise? Find out about the different types of musical instruments and how they work while exploring the properties of sound.
  7. Firing up Fuel Cells (Grade 7-9): Fuel cells appear to be the perfect way to generate clean, green electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen to produce water with a release of energy. In this workshop we will take a look at what Fuel Cell technology is, how it works and how it may develop in the future while building a small hydrogen fuel cell car.
  8. Electric Circuits (Grade 7-9): Explore the different components in an electric circuit and find out about series and parallel connections and where these kinds of connections are used.
  9. Splitting the Spectrum (Grade 7-9): Join us in this light splitting workshop as we explore the electromagnetic spectrum and examine some properties of light like reflection and refraction. Build your own Spectrometer and find out what the light that we see around us is really made up of.

Other activities

The Sci-Bono laboratories are fully equipped facilities designed to facilitate curriculum based experiments, demonstrations and practical teaching of physics, chemistry and life science. Learners are guided through a series of experiments that are prescribed by the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. The following experiments are on offer in our laboratories:

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Sound Spectacular: the science of sound (Grade 4 -12)

If science is food for mind and music is food for the soul then join us as we explore the harmonic science of sound. How are sounds produced and how fast do they travel? Come experience the science of sound, frequency and waves through a series of fun science demonstrations.

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Digital Planetarium

Explore space and various celestial bodies in our inflatable planetarium. You can learn about the development of the telescope through entertaining educational 3D-like movies and become space-bound as you view the universe through the Starry Night Software. The planetarium can cater for 30 people per show and the shows are between 30 and 45min long. Suitable for learners of all ages.

For more information on Workshops and Science Shows please contact Akash Dusrath on
011-639 8460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Join us for a countrywide celebration of science and technology during National Science Week. The theme for 2015 is “The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. Come and do science experiments at the BASF Kids lab, get involved in the robotics or WITS Paleontology workshops and be introduced to the exciting technology of 3D printing.

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Join us for this international campaign which encourages young people and the public to learn about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. The 2015 theme is “Visualizing Earth Systems.” The programme will aim to promote awareness of the many ways scientists monitor and represent information about Earth systems including land, water, air, and living things.

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Learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and grow your knowledge and skills through the interactive health focused workshops. Topics will range from hygiene to nutrition and food security to personal safety. What is substance abuse, why is teenage pregnancy so high and how do you live a healthy life?

Here are some of our other focus weeks for the year:

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For more information and bookings please contact Siphokazi Ndzamela or Cynthia Sithole on 011-639 8459/91 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 17th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards gala dinner, in partnership with South32, was held in Gauteng on Thursday, 9 July 2015. Contributions to excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) were presented by the patron of the awards, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. The NSTF Awards are the largest SETI awards in SA.

SETI is a catalyst for growth and change. It brings about new solutions, processes, products and industries. It drives social change and affects SA’s economy. SETI has a multi-dimensional impact, from poverty upliftment and medical innovation to astronomy and ICT. It’s used to fight the challenges in Africa and shape a future of global competitiveness. And it all begins with highly skilled human capital.

Click on the following link to see the 2014/15 winners who received an NSTF award for an outstanding contribution to SETI.
http://www.nstfawards.org.za/nstfWebPortal/appmanager/nstfAwardsWeb/nstfawards?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=awards_portal_page_99

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will be exploring the science behind the molecule that makes life on earth possible between 27 June and 19 July during a holiday programme titled Water is Life.

Water is a truly amazing substance. 70% of the human body is made of it and life on earth would certainly not be possible without it. During this extraordinary holiday programme kids and adults alike will get an opportunity to learn more about the molecule that is vital for life and is often taken for granted. Daily science and planetarium shows will enthral kids while visitors will also get an opportunity to get more hands-on with the blue gold that covers the planet during 13 different workshops offered throughout the holidays. These range from building Bloodhound SSC water rockets and mini biomes, steam turbines to sprinklers, fuel cells and a whacky vortex to name just a few.

In addition to the daily programme of activities and shows there are also more than 350 interactive science exhibits to explore and play with that is sure to exhaust kids in a fun and stimulating environment. Active minds lead to hungry stomachs and there is a coffee-shop serving delicious snacks and light meals for hungry Einstein’s. Parents might use the time to do some shopping at the new Newtown Junction Mall or the entire family might want to jump onto a red bus tour of Jozi that stops right in front of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9h00 –17h00 and Saturday & Sunday between 9h30 – 16h30. Entry Fees are R25 for pensioners and children between 3 and 16, free for kids under 3 and R40 per adult. Some of the workshops have a minimal entrance fee while others are free and are offered on a first come first serve basis.

For more information contact +27 11 639 8400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website on www.sci-bono.co.za

The Sustainable Development of Mines and Projects of the Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa 2015

Call for papers! Submission date extended!

Date: 10-12 November 2015
Venue: The Park Hotel, Mokopane, Limpopo

Call For Papers

You are invited to submit a title and one page abstract in MS Word format to the Conference Secretariat by 30 July 2015. Papers may be accepted either as oral presentations or posters. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 August 2015 to the principal author (if several authors are included). Revised abstracts will be required by 30 September 2015 and these will be included in the press release and conference book.

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[If you are unable to edit the PDF, contact the secretariat for the Word version.]

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RCA Conference Organisers

Michelle Stegen
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