National Science Week (NSW) is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is a countrywide celebration of science involving various stakeholders and/or role players conducting science-based activities during the week. NSW is run in all nine provinces simultaneously at multiple sites per province. Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are offered around the theme to the target audiences. The theme for 2017 is “Advancing Science Tourism ”. This highlights the importance of Science. It is done annually by all South African Higher Education Schools. During this week higher education schools share the relevant information and ideas with the community and local high schools. NSW for 2017 is planned to take place from the 7th to the 11th of August. For this year MUT has identified 4 activities. The first activity is a workshop for school mathematics educators of Umlazi district will be held at Natural Sciences campus on the 3rd and 4th of August. The workshop will cover the following topics: Euclidean Geometry, Statistics and Probability. The reason for having the activity on these dates that are prior the NSW is that there was already a workshop that was planned last year to take place on the 3rd and 4th of August at MUT and it would be cost effective to have the activity on those dates.
The second activity is a two day CAREER exhibition by MUT staff in the STEM disciplines at the Westville Correctional Services on the 7th and 8th of August.
The third activity is a tour of the Technology Station and Chemicals (TSC) centre at MUT where the production of various chemical products and the role of the TSC in the economic upliftment of SMMEs will be displayed, on the 10th of August.
The fourth activity is one day Exhibition at the KwaMnyandu Mall in Umlazi, led by the MUT TSC staff on the 11th of August.
MUT wants to play a significant role in reviving and resuscitating the passion for Science among learners and educators. We are now in the fourth industrial revolution and we cannot make it without excelling in Science.