International Year of Chemistry, 2011

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IUPAC - International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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Contact Detail

Thandi O'hagan Ideas Activities
  • Ms, Sci-bono Discovery Centre
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Email
    Tel +27 11 639 8428
  • Sector:

    General Public
  • Organizations:

    Sci-bono Discovery Centre
    South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement
    South African Association for Science & Technology Centres
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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As the PR and Marketing Manager of the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, I am responsible for promoting our schools programmes and am responsible for developing and implementing our public engagement and science communication programmes.

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a World Class interactive science museum offering science & technology programmes for schools and the general public.

The centre supports the delivery of effective maths, science and technology education through innovative, dynamic learning experiences that contribute to building South Africa’s science, engineering and technology capacity.

An annual programme of quality exhibitions, workshops, seminars and focus weeks aims to raise awareness and interest in the general public in all aspects of science, engineering and technology.

The centre’s collection of over 300 interactive exhibits provides hours of fun for kids and adults of all ages to discover, explore and play with science and technology. From LEGO pits and mini-construction sites to understanding the principles of electromagnetism, the exhibits cater for curious minds of all ages.

Initiated by the Gauteng Department of Education and the private sector in 2004, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is located in the cultural heartland of Newtown, Johannesburg and is open seven days a week to schools and the general public. In 2010 the centre received over 160,000 visitors including teachers, learners, families, corporate sponsors and local, national and international government representatives.

Sci-Bono is a strategic partner of the Gauteng Department of Education and acts as an agent of the Department in supporting and managing all aspects of mathematics, science and technology education in the province.

Sci-Bono’s goals are

• To improve teaching and learning in mathematics, science and technology in Gauteng schools

• To provide career education to all learners in Gauteng

• To promote and improve public awareness of and engagement with science and technology

Winners of the 2009/2010 National Science and Technology Award for innovative science communication to a mass audience, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Southern Africa.