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Small steps of change

October 11, 2010

Along with the change of the season, many smaller changes continue to take place at the MTN Sciencentre in its time of constant flux.
With the MTN Sciencentre now closed in Canal Walk and all our special science gadgets, gizmo’s and educational displays and exhibitions safely stored away during this period of down time, the focus has now moved to our head office, which we shall soon also be bidding farewell to.

Next week we prepare to move to our new base, saying goodbye to the happy headquarters that bore witness to many a magical moment, and scientific situation. Four walls, that created a perfect place where dreams were born and idea’s flourished.

Our current head office in Canal Walk, soon to be a place of the past for us!


It is time however to move from here, to a new temporary base from where we will continue to run our very successful outreach programme.
We would like to say a very special thank you to Canal Walk for hosting the solid space, so necessary in contributing to our growth over the past 10 years. Without a stable base, we would not be who we are today, and as ready as we are to take on the next period of our journey.

As we have promised, the Western Cape Education Department Mobile Science Centre school outreach programme will not be interrupted by the move and will continue to serve schools throughout the Western Cape.

The WCED Mobile Sciencentre.


The programme is based on the school science curriculum and utilises colourful exhibits and interactive workshops to encourage learner’s participation and creativity. Other outreach activities for the general public are also planned as we wait to open in our new venue.

So, after much cleaning, refilling, refreshing and getting all the fascinating science paraphernalia ready for action, the WCED Mobile Sciencentre team gets ready to head out onto the road again.
This time they have headed out to Sutherland in the Northern Cape. Here the MTN Sciencentre and SAAO have set up a small science centre. This is a temporary centre that will serve the communities in and around Sutherland.

South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, Northern Cape


The MTN Sciencentre staff will be responsible for running this centre and will do so in collaboration with staff from the SAAO observatory in Sutherland.
We will keep you posted on the scientific shenanigans taking place in Sutherland and be sure to post some photo’s of the festivities.

THE NEXT STEP
is upon us, and it is with your continued support and positivity that we will be able to effectively carry our massive public fundraising campaign in order to open our doors next year as new and improved Cape Town Science Centre. We need your support.
Help us make history, by spreading the word and awareness, so we can build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre together!
Your support will make a difference! Science is the future, lets embrace it together!
E-mail us on: thenextstep@mtnsciencentre.org.za
Or call us on: T: 021 529 8100 F: 021 529 8179
Leave your comment!

We got the intention to further invention!
For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

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A week of wild Science scenarios up ahead. Not to be missed!

September 28, 2010

It’s full steam ahead for our WCED Mobile Sciencentre and our Outreach team here at the MTN Sciencentre, during our new phase, THE NEXT STEP.

Our intention is to further invention, through scientific fun and edutainment. This week the WCED Mobile Sciencentre has parked its VITO van at the popular Ratanga Junction. Its school holidays and curious minds, both young and old will be flocking to the theme park for some serious adventure. After all the brain shaking and exhilaration on the rides, there will be plenty of room for some scientific stimulation. Lucky for them our astute team of facilitators will be there to fill their inquisitive minds with all sorts need-to-know facts and scientific melodies!!
The WCED Mobile Sciencentre will be at Ratanga Junction for the whole week, until Sunday 3 October 2010, so don’t miss out!

There’s no exaggeration when we say “full steam ahead”! Our team of Outreach Science fundi’s have currently set up camp at the Builders Warehouse in Constantiaberg, for some serious science excitement. Builders Warehouse is celebrating its 5th Birthday in the Western Cape and the whole week our Outreach team will be manning the outstanding display of Puzzling Things as well as presenting Electrical Circuits Workshops.

Don’t miss out, get on down to Builders Warehouse for some serious scientific stimulation between 10am and 3pm daily until Sunday 3 October 2010!!

and… DON’T FORGET…

THE NEXT STEP is upon us, and it is with your continued support and positivity that we will be able to effectively carry our massive public fund-raising campaign in order to open our doors next year as new and improved Cape Town Science Centre. We need your support.

Help us make history, by spreading the word and awareness, so we can build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre together!

Your support will make a difference! Science is the future, lets embrace it together!

A little thank you from a little scientist!


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Time is Flying!

September 27, 2010

After a wonderfully successful long weekend at the International Airshow at Ysterplaat Airforce Base where the WCED Mobile Sciencentre really made a sterling appearance, we enter into the our third week of our transition, THE NEXT STEP. The MTN Sciencentre in Canal Walk is now closed, but as we have promised, the Western Cape Education Department Mobile Science Centre school outreach programme will not be interrupted by the move and will continue to serve schools throughout the Western Cape.

Soaring through the skies...


The programme is based on the school science curriculum and utilises colourful exhibits and interactive workshops to encourage learner’s participation and creativity. Other outreach activities for the general public are also planned as we wait to open in our new venue.

The WCED Mobile Sciencentre went down a treat at The International Airshow at Ysterplaat Airforce Base according to our team of scientists who attended. They performed the our all-famous Science Show, capturing the attention of many scientist young and old, sending the crowds of enamored scientific spectators into fits of laughter.
There were a number of displays being exhibited over the week, including “Packing Boxes, Bernoulli’s Principle, Puzzling Things, The Loop Over, Electric Current Challenge, and 3 Sticks”. According to one of the members of our team of “mobile scientists” the exhibits were one of the most popular attractions at the Air Show and attracted intrigue from visitors young and old throughout the event!

Did you know?
On Friday 17 December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered flight. The first attempt lasted only 12 seconds, but on their fourth attempt they covered 255.6 m in 59 seconds!

Orville Wright makes first flight of the Flyer – picture taken by Mr Daniels

There were lots of questions regarding our move, our new location, as well as the prospective future of the Cape Town Science Centre. We are very positive and are working towards our goal of building a better future for science for all! It is a great challenge, and we need your help and support. Spread the word of science far and wide, each and every little bit of support we have will make a difference and move us closer to achieving our dream and fulfilling the dreams of so many scientists young and old.

Help us take THE NEXT STEP, your continued support is invaluable to us and indeed most necessary to help us carry out our massive public fund raising campaign in order to open our new doors next year, as the Cape Town Science Centre!

Science is the future, lets embrace it together. Help us continue to make dreams come true! Every little bit helps.

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We got the intention to further invention!
For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

WCED Mobile Sciencentre continues its Outreach

September 23, 2010

Today, not only brings us the Full Moon of September, but also brings much excitement for the WCED Mobile Sciencentre team.
As we have promised, the Western Cape Education Department Mobile Science Centre school outreach programme will not be interrupted by the move and will continue to serve schools throughout the Western Cape.
The programme is based on the school science curriculum and utilises colourful exhibits and interactive workshops to encourage learner’s participation and creativity. Other outreach activities for the general public are also planned as we wait to open in our new venue.

So,after much cleaning, refilling, refreshing and getting all the fascinating science paraphernalia ready for action, the WCED Mobile Sciencentre team gets ready to head out onto the road again.

The WCED Mobile Sciencentre, ready to roll!


They have been at the International Airshow at Ysterplaat Airforce Base for the last 2 days enticing the likes of trade and media folk, and they will be attending the final 2 days where they will be entertaining the public whilst enjoying the flying festivities. The airshow is being held for the last time in Cape Town, from the 21 -25 September 2010. Here they will be amoungst 350 exhibitors from over 35 countries and will be expressing science to the public in its true sense; one of fun and fascination.


THE NEXT STEP
is upon us, and it is with your continued support and positivity that we will be able to effectively carry our massive public fundraising campaign in order to open our doors next year as new and improved Cape Town Science Centre. We need your support.
Help us make history, by spreading the word and awareness, so we can build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre together!
Your support will make a difference! Science is the future, lets embrace it together!
E-mail us on: thenextstep@mtnsciencentre.org.za
Or call us on: T: 021 529 8100 F: 021 529 8179
Leave your comment!

We got the intention to further invention!
For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website http://www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

Change can be strange…

September 22, 2010

Things are looking very positive at the MTN Sciencentre, after a very motivating team talk from Julie Cleverdon, the Director of the MTN Sciencentre yesterday!
It is important for the whole team to be working towards one set of common objectives and to maintain a positive attitude and outlook during this time of change. It is easy to lose sight of the goal when faced with such new states of being, the feeling of change can really be strange. But here at the MTN Sciencentre we are all about working TOGETHER to build our future! Morale is strong and we are ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead with vigour and strength!
Here at the MTN Sciencentre we have the belief and intention to further invention, so lets work together to build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre!

The Science Centre will be relocating to a temporary base from where it will run its outreach programme and an intensive fundraising drive.

The Western Cape Education Department Mobile Science Centre school outreach programme will not be interrupted by the move and will continue to serve schools throughout the Western Cape. Other outreach activities for the general public are also planned as we wait to open in our new venue.

Help us gravitate to make the great, get on board and lets make head for the Moon, because even if we miss, we’ll still land amoungst the stars!!
The future joys of the Cape Town Science Centre is in your hands, it is with your help that the dreams of thousands of scientist’s young and old , can still come true!
Science is a lifestyle and everyone deserves a chance to live it!

E-mail us on: thenextstep@mtnsciencentre.org.za
Or call us on: T: 021 529 8100 F: 021 529 8179
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For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

Some Science facts, for some Science fun!

September 21, 2010

As we are sure you all dearly miss the MTN Sciencentre in Canal Walk, and miss the constant entertainment, laughing, smiles and totally wacky and unforgettable ways of learning. Today we have decided to bring you some splendidly interesting, super spontaneous, scientific facts, just to make sure you are still getting your fill of science edutainment.

1. The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an estimated surface temperature of 462 C

2. Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air

3. The starfish species, Porcellanaster ivanovi, has been found to live in water as deep as 7,584 meters

4. The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee

5. The seeds of an Indian Lotus tree remain viable for 300 to 400 years

6. No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times

7. Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man

8. The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. So, if placed in water it would float

9. A bolt of lightning is about 30,000°C; six times hotter than the Sun

10. The cosmos contains approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies

11. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur

12. A giraffe’s neck contains the same number of vertebrae as a human

13. Lobsters have blue blood

And, last but not least…Ants do not sleep.

So there you have it, lots of facts to feast your scientific minds on for the rest of the day. Have no fear dear science friends and family, as you well know, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to interesting facts and science fun. We will be back with more soon.

DON’T FORGET…

THE NEXT STEP is upon us, and it is with your continued support and positivity that we will be able to effectively carry our massive public fundraising campaign in order to open our doors next year as new and improved Cape Town Science Centre. We need your support.

Help us make history, by spreading the word and awareness, so we can build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre together!

Your support will make a difference! Science is the future, lets embrace it together!
E-mail us on: thenextstep@mtnsciencentre.org.za
Or call us on: T: 021 529 8100 F: 021 529 8179
Leave your comment!

We got the intention to further invention!
For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website www.mtnsciencentre.org.za

Follow the “Law’s of Motion”

September 20, 2010

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Newton’s Law of the Conservation of Energy, that states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it simply changes from one form to another.

Sir Isaac Newton also stated another set of laws, The Laws of Motion.
First Law: Every body remains in a state of rest or uniform motion unless it is acted upon by an external unbalanced force.

An example of Newton's First Law of Motion


Second Law: A body mass subject to a force undergoes an acceleration that has the same direction as the force and a magnitude that is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass.

Third Law: To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

An example of Newton's Third Law of Motion

The MTN Sciencentre has ceased its operation in Canal Walk. According to the Newton’s First Law of Motion, the cog’s, which used to turn in the old centre have stopped turning there due to a force impressed on it, hence our state of energy has changed. This new energy state, THE NEXT STEP is in motion already, however the only way we can continue to gain and keep momentum is through your support! Your support is the force we need to become the Cape Town Sciencentre.

A very supportive audience attended our farewell party. Your continued support is our future!


The third law is also of much interest and very applicable during this time. “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
IT’S SIMPLE!
*Action: CLOSING of the MTN Sciencentre in Canal Walk
*Reaction: OPENING of the Cape Town Science Centre.

This however will only be possible with your continued support. We have to combine forces and perform together to make change happen. Based on Science this is our new direction, and it is only with your continued and accelerated support that THE NEXT STEP will be as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Help keep the dream alive!


THE NEXT STEP is upon us, and it is with your continued support and positivity that we will be able to effectively carry our massive public fundraising campaign in order to open our doors next year as new and improved Cape Town Science Centre. We need your support.

Help us make history, by spreading the word and awareness, so we can build a better future for science and the Cape Town Science Centre together!

Your support will make a difference! Science is the future, lets embrace it together!
E-mail us on: thenextstep@mtnsciencentre.org.za
Or call us on: T: 021 529 8100 F: 021 529 8179
Leave your comment!

We got the intention to further invention!
For more information on how to BECOME A SUPPORTER visit our website www.mtnsciencentre.org.za