Science Pilot Project
Severe shortages in space, funding and equipment have resulted in many of the practical sections of the science syllabus going unaddressed or being poorly addressed. In an attempt to address some of these issues, Khanya has initiated a pilot science project in four schools.
The four secondary schools selected - Bernadino Heights, Chris Hani, Malibu (East EMDC) and Percy Mdlala (South Cape EMDC) - were chosen primarily based on their willingness to participate in the project as well as the overall success they have achieved in integrating curriculum with technology in the mathematics project.
In terms of the project, the schools will each receive the following:
- One teacher's work station connected to a laser printer and a data projector
- Four learner work stations
- A wireless connection between the five computers and to the Khanya laboratory in the cases where the physics laboratory is close to the existing Khanya room.
- Crocodile Physics
- Crocodile Chemistry
- Five complete sets of data harvesting equipment
The learners will do all their practical work in this laboratory using the data logging equipment and computers to analyze their results. They will also be able to print out their results and they will use programmes like excel and word to write up their results and present them in graphic format. The teacher will also be able to use the laboratory for demonstration purposes if, for example, he/she would like to demonstrate a particular concept without the learners doing the actual experiment, he/she would be able to do so by making use of the equipment in conjunction with the data projector.