The Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) has wasted no time while visits to the centre have been ‘paused’ and have launched a wide range of online offerings for learners across South Africa. The most recent and relevant at this time is the free Matric Masterclasses on Saturday mornings at 10:00 which started on Saturday, 4 July 2020.  In essence, this programme for physical science Grade 12 learners provides free resources, which are highly visual and easily comprehensible, backed-up by free attendance to a series of workshops on a Saturday, where learners can firm up their knowledge and ask questions. The entire programme is online at no charge and made possible by a corporate sponsor, Astron Energy, and in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department.

MJ Schwartz, the centre’s Head of Education adds, “now more than ever before, the mainstay of our Matric learners’ preparation will be reviewing past Matric exam papers and we believe we have a unique approach. We are not simply revising past papers with learners, we are clarifying content, equipping learners with strategies to answer questions and then offering the opportunity of live online sessions where they can ask questions and consolidate their revision”.

“Interestingly, in our 20th year of exciting learners about science, with the onset of this pandemic we have had to add new ways of making STEM accessible and engaging and we are loving it! We are deeply grateful to Astron Energy who has unfailingly supported the Cape Town Science Centre and have made the first batch of our online resources freely available” says Julie Cleverdon, the Director of the Cape Town Science Centre. “As education at this time is a serious challenge, the CTSC has worked closely with the Education Department’s curriculum advisors to ensure the relevant material and required standards are met.”

Astron Energy Social Investment Advisor, Winny Dubazane says “COVID-19 resulted in the shutdown of schools  across the country, leaving children out of the classroom. The sudden shift forced us to rethink our education system especially in the context of South Africa as an emerging market country. We are therefore hoping that with programmes such as these that the Cape Town Science Centre has adopted, we can ensure that learners catch up with their curriculum, even those who are offline through materials that will be distributed.”

Additional programmes offered by the Cape Town Science Centre, include the Zoom Science Online lessons across the grades, quizzes, maths challenges, coding clubs and do-at-home hands-on science activities.

For further details please visit the Cape Town Science Centre’s (CTSC) website www.ctsc.org.za or contact Tasneem on 076 268 3621 or bookings@ctsc.org.za. The CTSC is a registered Non-Profit Organisation and Public-Benefit Organisation, to sponsor any of the CTSC online offerings in order to make them freely available across South Africa please contact Julie on 083 276 9501 or julie@ctsc.org.za