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EUNAWE Science Clubs
29 May 2013

EUNAWE Science Clubs have been established in the Western Cape, in an area called Khayelitsha for learners between the ages of 9 to 12 years old.
The coordinator of the Science Club is Ms Z Singqolo who has identified 5 schools that would  participate in the project.  A meeting was held on the 4th of February at SAAO to determine the goals and objectives of the clubs for the year. Educators agreed to hold  science clubs once a month at their schools and meet once a term at  SAAO to share best practice. Educators will also be work shopped by members of SCBP and Outreach Astronomers during their term meetings.

Science Club Visits

Lwandle Primary  and Yomelela Primary – The Sun

Twenty five learners participated in the programme at each
of the schools. The astronomical topic discussed matched  the Natural Science Curriculum for the first term, Life and Living . 

Learners participated in 3 types of activities. In order to
promote peer learning, all activities were paired. At the beginning of the
programme learners were asked to draw the Sun and write down one fact about the Sun on a post card. At the end of the workshop they had to write a fact they had learnt from discussion or the activities. It was interesting to note the change
in perspective after the programme.

Learners started the workshop by listening to the African
Cultural Story of The Crocodile Who Swallows the Sun, which was followed by a
discussion about facts about the Sun. Learners were also encouraged to think about  how, the Sun affects our everyday lives i.e.
the rotation of the Earth around the Sun, day and night and time.

The aim of the next 2 activities were to experiment with
shadows and light sources and to understand the relationship between the angle
of illumination and the shadow’s length. Learners used a torch, strip of
styrofoam, cardboard and skewer . The aim of the first experiment was to change
the line of the shadow by moving the torch only. In the second experiment, the
learners kept the torch focused at one point but moved the moved the skewer
around to observe what happen to the shadow.

The workshop ended with learners drawing shadows of their



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Drawing shadows
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Drawing shadows
Drawing shadows
Illustrating astronomical facts learnt
Illustrating astronomical facts learnt