The Soutpansberg Astronomy Club (SAC) of Louis Trichardt took part in National Science Week (NSW 2015) last week with presentations at Mall of the North on Saturday and at Savannah Mall on Sunday.
NSW 2015 is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and according to Kos Coronaios, project leader, it is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and role players conducting science-based activities.
This year’s theme, “The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)” is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.
According to Coronaios, the goal of IYL 2015, is to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and use of optical technology in their lives, for their futures and for the development of society.
The SAC focused on Astronomy, Space Technology, Mathematics and Science at the expo with various activities to enhance the main theme of IYL 2015.
Visitors had the opportunity of looking at the sun (special filter), the moon, Saturn, stars and deep sky objects through a telescope. Discussions, demonstrations and experiments, as well as handout material including posters pertaining to this year’s theme were available, including information in tertiary study opportunities in Science, Engineering and Technology.