Teaching the youth about the solar system

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:04

Teaching the youth about the solar system

The North West University’s (NWU) Center for Space Research (CSR) recently joined 86 other countries in inspiring and educating the next generation of space enthusiasts during World Space Week*.  

The CSR invited a number of pupils from Klerksdorp Primary School and Grade 10 and 11 learners from Klerksdorp Hoërskool to the Science Centre on the NWU’s campus in Potchefstroom to learn about all things space and science related.

A presentation on the search for life in the solar system and on the future colonisation of Mars was given by Dr Eugene Engelbrecht and Dr Du Toit Strauss from the CSR. PhD student Lourens Prinsloo spoke about the weather in space, and demonstrated the new CSR solar telescope.

“We realised that a lot of young people do not know that it is possible to pursue a career within the physics field; so during the programme we also informed them about the various career opportunities that exist,” says Eugene.

The CSR looks forward to next year’s Space Week, and plans on having roadshows at various schools in 2018. Schools that are interested in taking part can contact Dr Engelbrecht on 084 995 5445, or alternatively send an email to 12580996@nwu.ac.za.

*World Space Week is the largest space-related event to date. It is held annually from 4 to 10 October