Learning more about science-based careers

August 26th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) hosted its annual Science Day on  5 August 2014 as part of the National Science Week initiative led by the Department of Science and Technology. The CSIR Science Day was held at the Pretoria campus, and intends to expose learners, educators and the public to science-based careers, particularly those at the CSIR. Approximately 250 high school learners (Grade 9 to 12) attended the event, and enjoyed a number of demonstrations and exhibitions from units across the organisation.

Pinda Sifunda, CSIR Human Capital Development (HCD) Manager, addressed the learners and gave an overview of the career opportunities at the CSIR. These include outreach programmes, bursaries, internships and studentships, all aimed to realise and support the potential of students in science, engineering and technology. Dr Rachel Chikwamba, Group Executive: Strategic Alliances and Communication also addressed the learners, stating that the CSIR wants to uplift and develop the quality of life of South Africans.

Educators were enthusiastic about the science day, finding it to be informative. Ezra Hove, an educator from Leap High School, said that they were happy that learners explored and experienced the application of science, since schools usually only cover basic science.

Contact Kulani Irish Chauke, CSIR, Tel 012 841-2201, kchauke@csir.co.za

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