Young scientists and learners are gathering in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape from today until next week Tuesday, 18 March, for the 19th annual South African National Science Festival, also known as Scifest Africa.
Scifest Africa promotes public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science and mathematics and facilitates the learning of these fields in an informal way, encouraging the youth of South Africa to follow careers and become leaders in these fields.
This year’s theme is ‘Into Space’ and 65 000 paricipants are expected to attend over 500 events that will explore spaces big and small, such as anatomy and the brain, astronomy, the atmosphere, biotechnology, the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency, geographical regions, underground and underwater exploration, space sciences, the SKA and many more.
Africa’s first black African in Space, Mandla Maseko, who is destined to become the first black African in space and who has been featured on htxt.africa before, will be one of the many speakers and will be giving talks on space exploration and his upcoming trip to space.
[Image: Scifest Africa]
[UPDATE 22-7-14 A slight edit to clarify that Mandla Maseko hasn’t yet been into space, and will only earn the title after he blast off next year.