NASA astronaut, Dr Catherine Coleman at the SANSA stand with eager learners.
The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) to raise awareness for the achievements of light science, its applications and critical importance to humankind.
The 'light'' theme will run through the Annual SciFest Africa Festival in Grahamstown from 18-24 March this year. SANSA will, once more, be an active participant with programmes and projects that connects to this theme.
The SANSA team will be engaging with thousands of learners and members of the public during the festival at a space-themed exhibition stand. We will also present workshops and give demonstrations about the work we do.
The workshops themes include:
At the speed of light – exploring the electromagnetic spectrum and how it affects various facets of our daily lives.
Fundisa – a practical demonstration on the Fundisa disk and how it is used to address some problems we encounter on Earth.
Operator – understanding artificial satellites and opportunities for careers in the field.
Upside down light – insight into how light behaves through practical experiments.
SciFest has been and remains a good platform for SANSA to share what we do in the context of other entities of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and also give us a wide exposure to different stakeholder groups. Attending this year is also a senior delegation from our partner agency, NASA, who have also planned an exciting programme of engagement to get the youth excited about space.