The outreach event was a collaboration between the UKZN Astrophysics and Cosmology department
and EUNAWE. Four schools were visited and one educator workshop was held. The focus of the week was Rockets, which is linked to the National Science and Technology Curriculum in Grade four.
Learner workshops focused on what they would discover in our universe, when rockets were launched. Learners spoke about the stars, moon, galaxies and the sun. Simple facts and information was shared with the learners which was relevant to their curriculum. Learners thereafter made a paper rocket and launched the rocket using the POP Rocket launcher. Learners were eager to learn about Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion and see it in practice when launching their rockets.
One two hour Educator workshop was help covering all aspects of the Earth and Beyond curriculum in Grade Four. Educators engaged in a hands on workshop, in which I demonstrated to them different practical activities which they can use in their classrooms or extension activities. Dr Abyi Tekola was suppose to host a 30 minute Skype Telescope session, however due to bad weather it had to be cancelled.
On the 24th of May an outreach night was held, to provide learners not reached during the KZN outreach to engage in a pop rocket activity. This was poorly attended, with only 3 learners turning up from
Crawford Primary in La Lucia. However the learners had great fun, positioning the rocket at different angles to investigate the height and distance the rocket will travel.
Prashina Kallideen the PRO and Outreach Officer from the UKZN Astrophysics and Cosmology Department will continue with EUNAWE outreach during the course of the year.