Science Spaza

Science Spaza is an exciting, fun and interactive science learning experience bringing curriculum-linked science resources to schools around SA. That's right!

Science Spaza is an exciting, fun and interactive science learning experience bringing curriculum-linked science to disadvantaged schools around South Africa through science clubs. This is an initiative of Jive Media Africa, an award-winning multimedia company. Science Spaza aims to support the development of science clubs around the country and has developed resources to guide and support these s

Photos from Science Spaza's post 08/06/2024

Did you know that our oceans cover over 70% of our planet's surface and are home to incredible creatures and ecosystems? Yup, it's true! But here's the deal: our oceans need our help. So, what can YOU do to make a splash this World Oceans Day?

🐳 Reduce, reuse, and recycle to keep plastic out of the ocean.
🌊 Use your voice to advocate for policies that protect our oceans.
🦀 Support organisations working to conserve marine life and habitats.
🐠 Spread the word! Share what you've learned about ocean conservation with your friends and family.

Together, we can make waves and create a brighter future for our oceans and all who call them home. Check out our worksheet on the ocean economy on the resource page of our website:https://www.sciencespaza.org/files/6516/9141/1914/Science_Spaza_Worksheet_No_68_SAASTA_Oceans_Economy_WEB.pdf

Photos from Science Spaza's post 03/06/2024

The latest Science Spaza newspaper is out, and the kids are getting their geek on! It's packed with fun science facts, exciting stories, and cool activities. If you haven't checked it out yet, head to our website (www.sciencespaza.org) to see what the buzz is about! 📰✨

Photos from Shark Spotters's post 03/06/2024
20/05/2024

What’s the buzz with bees? 🐝

It’s World Bee Day! Did you know that bees are so much more than just buzzing insects?

Our former FameLab finalist and PhD student at North West University, Nolwandle Khumalo, chatted with Jive about why they are in fact the bee’s knees. ✨🐝

Did you know when a bee finds a tasty food source, it doesn't keep it a secret? It does a little shimmy called the 'waggle dance' to let its buddies know where to find the goods.

But bees aren't just collecting pollen and nectar to make honey—they're also busy pollinating! Did you know that honey bees pollinate more than 75% of flowering plants? Thanks to their hard work, we all get to enjoy delicious fruits and veggies.

Let’s give a virtual high five to our fuzzy little friends on this special day! 🐝

Photos from Science Spaza's post 15/05/2024

We got some very interesting responses from our survey last week! As different birds migrate over the seasons, we see lots of different types in our daily lives. As they migrate, birds look for different insects in fields, forests, wetlands, and various habitats during stopovers. You can provide a stopover point in your garden by having bird feeders! 🦜

What birds have you seen in your garden recently? Let us know in the comments! 🦉

 

Photos from Science Spaza's post 13/05/2024

In celebration of World Migratory Bird day last week we received some wonderful drawings from our science clubbers! 🦉

Thank you for sharing these beautiful artworks and stay tuned for the results of our bird survey! 🦅🦜

10/05/2024

World Migratory Bird Day is tomorrow on the 11 May 2024, and we caught up with a long time friend of Science Spaza and the coolest bird researcher Dr Thobeka Gumede.

Check out the interview with her on our website. Click the link below🦉
🔗 http://www.sciencespaza.org/news/world-migratory-bird-day-2024/

There is also still time for you to fill out the form below about the different birds you see every day! 🔗https://forms.gle/PHjeT14gdXpFJ7Uu5
Stay tuned as we post the results on Monday! ✨

08/05/2024

We are getting closer to World Migratory Bird Day happening on Saturday this week!

Science Spaza together with cool bird researcher, Dr Thobeka Gumede, are asking for your help to find out more about South African birds! Fill out the form below about the different birds you see every day! 🔗https://forms.gle/PHjeT14gdXpFJ7Uu5

Photos from Science Spaza's post 06/05/2024

We are celebrating South African birds this week with some beautiful illustrations from Science Spaza's Emily Latt! 🦉

She has drawn almost thirty birds here, have you seen any of them in your garden?🦜

Draw us some of the birds you see and then send them to us on WhatsApp 076 173 7130, email ([email protected]). We will feature some of them on our social media!

As we get closer to World Migratory Bird Day this week, Science Spaza together with cool bird researcher, Dr Thobeka Gumede, are asking for your help to find out more about South African birds! Fill out the form below about the different birds you see every day! 🔗https://forms.gle/PHjeT14gdXpFJ7Uu5

Photos from Jive Media Africa's post 03/05/2024

Science Spaza joins the global celebration of clean hands on World Hand Hygiene Day! Remember, clean hands save lives so wash your hands to stay healthy and strong. 🌍👐

25/04/2024

Today is International Girls in ICT Day! ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology.
Did you know that the first computer programmer was a woman? Her name was Augusta Ada King, known as Ada Lovelace (1843) and for a long time she was the only computer programmer in the world.
In 1945, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was developed - the first electronic programmable computer - and six women, known as the “ENIAC girls,” programmed it!
Women have been at the forefront of computing from the very beginning!
Let’s encourage more girls and women into ICT careers! You’ve got this!

Photos from Science Spaza's post 23/04/2024

Earth Day is held every year on April 22 to show support for environmental protection. This year we asked the science clubbers to send through artworks. Today we are featuring the art of Thabisile Dube and Lethiwe Ngobese from Northriding Secondary Science Club (NHS). They wrote and illustrated this beautiful poem about nature 🌱

Keep sending us your art! You can send them to us on WhatsApp 076 173 7130, email ([email protected]), or through Instagram. We will feature some of your creations on our platforms and in our next edition of Spaza Space! 🍃🎨

Photos from Science Spaza's post 15/04/2024

Today is World Art Day! 🎨 We are highlighting the amazing work of Mrs Victoria Ralasi, a Xhosa basket weaver, who uses local imsisi reeds, mountain grass and recycled plastic to weave baskets. She is a member of the Du Noon Urban Weavers, a group of traditional weavers that aims to preserve and grow their skills as well as generating an income for the members. Local art is an important part of our heritage and has become an integral part of who we are, adding to the beauty of our everyday lives.

Don't forget to submit your artworks, photos, videos or prose through to us for Earth Day! You can send them to us on WhatsApp 076 173 7130, email ([email protected]), or through Instagram. We will feature some of your creations on our platforms on Earth Day and in our next edition of Spaza Space! 🌱🎨

 

Photos from Science Spaza's post 12/04/2024

Today is the International Day of Human Space Flight 🚀 and we want to celebrate the achievements of African-American women in space science! Mathematicians Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan were called “human computers”. In 1962 they did the calculations by hand (!) that helped send the first American astronaut into orbit. Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space in 1992.
Check out some of the resources we have on space with some fun activities on our website, link in bio 🚀💫

Photos from Science Spaza's post 08/04/2024

April is jampacked with lots of interesting international days so we have decided to combine a few!

World Art Day is on the 15th of April, World Creativity and Innovation Day is on the 21st, and Earth Day falls on the 22nd April — so let’s get creative for our planet!

The theme of Earth Day 2024 is Planet vs. Plastics. We’re inviting all our Science Clubbers to create something that shows how plastic impacts our environment; and how we can deal with this issue.

Let your imagination run free: You can create a picture of the plastic at your house or cut leaves out of plastic shopping bags.

Create anything you'd like, whether it is an
🎨 artwork,
💃 dance,
🖌 drawing,
🗿 sculpture,
📖 story,
📸 photos,
💬 speeches,
🎥 videos
🎶 songs,
✍️ poems…

Send your photos, videos or prose through to us on WhatsApp at 076 173 7130, email ([email protected]), or through Instagram.

We will feature some of your creations on our platforms on Earth Day and in our next edition of Spaza Space! 🌱🎨🎬

04/04/2024

Let's get April kicked off! 🗓

28/03/2024

Even though it's school holidays, you can keep learning with our free resources on our website! Check out the link in bio for loads of interesting worksheets and activities! 🧪🔬📡🧬

Photos from Science Spaza's post 22/03/2024

Today is World Water Day! Mangroves play an important part in our natural defences against tsunamis, rising sea levels, and more! Some of science clubbers went out exploring at with researchers from in order to learn more about the role these forests play in our environment.

To find out more check out our exciting video on our YouTube channel linked in our bio!

05/03/2024

Did you know that scientists have discovered over 8 million different species of animals🦋🦁🐸🐘 🦜? That's a lot of different creatures, from tiny insects to massive whales!

Sadly, many of these animals are in danger of disappearing forever. Right now, more than 25,000 animal species are threatened with extinction because of things like habitat destruction and climate change. 🌿🌊 The 3rd of March was and reminds us how important it is to protect these creatures and their homes, so they can continue to roam the Earth for generations to come. 🌍🐾

Learn more about some of our own amazing animals in this week's activity: How many creatures can you spot in your garden or school?

01/03/2024

📆 March is loading.....

Here's the Science Spaza Calendar!

26/02/2024

🌿🌱Leaves can breathe!🪴🍃

Find out more in our 5th Activity for 2024, where we will show you how to see the invisible 👀!

All our resources can also be downloaded (for FREE) on our website: www.sciencespaza.org

Remember to share comments, pics and videos of your clubs in action with us on [email protected]; or Whatsapp: 076 173 7130.

21/02/2024

Howzit?! Today is International Mother Language Day!

We have 12 -- yes 12! -- official languages in South Africa. This includes South African Sign Language which was recognised as an official language in 2023👌👍👏.

🤔Let's do some research...✍️
What language do our Science Spaza clubbers speak at home? At school? During club meetings? How many languages can they speak? Let's do a mini citizen science project to find out.

💡❓What is citizen science?
Researchers sometimes need a lot of help collecting data or doing experiments, and that's where citizen scientists come in. Anyone can become a citizen scientist, no matter how old or young you are!

Citizen science is like a big teamwork project where everyone plays a part. Researchers get the data they need, and you get to learn more about the world around you while contributing to important research.

Let's all work together! Please fill in the questionnaire in the comments below with your Science Spaza Club and submit by the 26th February!

🙏Thanks to those Science Spaza Clubs who have already sent in your answers -- you are amazing!.

20/02/2024

Although International Day of Women and Girls was last week, celebrating the role of women in the sciences shouldn't be restricted to one day!

Here is Jive Media Africa's third interview, with Prof Heidi van Rooyen, Group Executive of the Impact Centre at the HSRC.

19/02/2024

How can we tell how far things are from each other (without a ruler😉)?

Find out in Activity 4 for 2024!

👋 Remember to send us your photos, videos and comments! Email [email protected] or WhatsApp 076 173 7130.

16/02/2024

Here's the second interview by Jive Media Africa!

Dr Zaynab Essack, Chief Research Specialist at the HSRC Centre for Community-Based Research, shares her thoughts on Women and Girls in Science.

Science Spaza

15/02/2024

👏👍🏽Even more 'Women and Girls in Science' 🙌🏿🫶🏾

We promised we would share these inspiring interviews with our Science Spaza clubbers. Thanks to Jive Media Africa for creating them and letting us share them!

Here's the first: with Tshiamo Legoale, winner of the prestigious International FameLab award and serving as the Social Impact Manager for the Trans Caledonian Tunnel Authority.

Photos from Sci-Bono Discovery Centre's post 14/02/2024
14/02/2024

Love is in the O2🥰...

Who said love and science don't go together? (Not us or Google!)

Check out Google Doodle's brilliant Valentines bonding game!

https://g.co/doodle/mtzp4gu😍🥰

Photos from Science Spaza's post 13/02/2024

📻📡 Today is World Radio Day📡📻

Here are 5 Fun Facts about Radios!

12/02/2024

📢 Calling all our Science Clubbers! Here's the 3rd activity for 2024: Doing Live Research!

Take part in our Research Challenge: We want to find out what mother languages all our clubbers speak; and if it matches the rest of the South African population!

ℹ️ A mother tongue or mother language is the language that you learn first when you are a baby. It's the language that your family speaks at home.

🇿🇦 South Africa has 12 'official' mother languages: Afrikaans; English; isiNdebele;; isiXhosa; isiZulu; Sesotho; Setswana; siSwati; Tshivenda; Xitsonga; Sepedi; South African Sign Language - but these are not the only languages spoken in our diverse country.

🗣️ What is your mother language? What language do you speak at club meetings. Help us find out by answering the Google Form together in your next club meeting. The link is in the comments, and will be WhatsApped to your Club Leaders.

📝 Send us all your completed forms by the 16 February!

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