Science and tech is important to kids of today as the future moves towards more technologically advanced systems, even in everyday life. Kids will enjoy learning and participating in science experiments, science and tech shows and science based programs. Find these science and tech centres that offer you educational programs, workshops and museums for families and school tours in Gauteng.
Science and tech discovery centres
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO)
is the only major radio astronomy observatory in Africa. Situated just 50km North West of Gauteng, demonstrations include connections to basic science and technology, and explain astronomical concepts that appear in the school syllabus. Bookings must be made in advance.
The Necsa Visitor Centre
Necsar Visitor Centre in the North West Province offers visitors workshops and programs about radiation, nuclear waste, nuclear energy and much more. Kids will be treated to educational talks and exhibitions as well as career advice. The centre also boasts stylish conference facilities with an exquisite garden.
In the Planetarium
, the lights dim slowly, as the stars appear like magic above you. You are about to go on a trip of exploration, to the planets, stars and galaxies of our Universe.
The Planetarium offers educational shows in an exciting setting. Each show lasts approximately one hour. Experienced staff are on hand to answer questions about astronomy. Remember to book in advance for public shows as well as school tours. School shows are adjusted acoording to age so that everyone can enjoy the planetarium.
The James Hall Museum of Transport
offers educational school tours in conjunction with the GDE. The museum showcases various modes of transport dating back to as far as 400 years ago! They have steam driven vehicles, trains, trams and trolley buses, fire fighting vehicles, early bicycles, animal drawn vehicles and cars and offer holiday programs for kids as well.
Best science centres in all of Africa!
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
has got to be the coolest science centre ever! Making science fun and exciting, the centre has world class interactive science displays offering science & technology programmes for general public & schools. 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 offering over 300 world class science exhibits and experiments. They also offer awesome science themed parties.
Sci-enza Hands on Science
is the oldest interactive Science Centre in South Africa. Bookings are welcomed for schools and the general public to explore, learn, question and discover everything about science. Situated in Pretoria, they also offer their facilities for science themed parties.
Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve
, situated in Roodepoort, offer guided walks and hikes for discovery and exploration in nature. Natural wonders of geology and science can be experienced with these tours and is also is home to the first mine on the Witwatersrand, which is a national heritage site. This enclosed area can only be visited by special arrangement.
Coding and robotics
Find fun, hands on and interactive coding and robotics programs for kids. This is so essential in this day and age and kids can benefit from workshops that foster a deep understanding and a love of coding in all participants and inspire the next generation of coding geniuses.
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