The KZN Science Centre was the proud host of the KwaZulu-Natal leg FIRST® LEGO® League (F.L.L) tournament together with the main sponsor SAP (PTY) LTD at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on 3rd November 2012. This year’s challenge was termed SENIOR SOLUTIONS SM which entailed the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his/her lifestyle– solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, or staying fit.
Learners ranging from Grade 4 to Grade 9 excelled and exceeded the expectations of all involved. Young Marzooq Aziz and Kamva Qwesha (Grade 4) from Team SAP Moorlands (top right) displayed great heart in programming robots. Both enthusiastically affirmed their participation in next year’s tournament.
The winners of the various categories included:
• Best Project Design: Team SAP Mega Minds (Clairwood Secondary)
• Core Values Award: Team SAP Brawlers (Bonella Secondary)
• Finalist of KZN Leg: Team SAP Transformers (Tyburn Primary)
• Finalist of KZN Leg: Team SAP Storm Riderz (New Forest Secondary)
Candice Potgieter, Chief Executive Officer of the KZN Science Centre, said that “the aim of this event was getting children excited about science and technology, which judging by the overwhelming response from the learners themselves, was successfully achieved. We would like to express our gratitude to the main sponsor SAP (PTY) Ltd on providing a fun, interactive yet educational platform that was used to educate learners on the importance of science in our everyday lives and in keeping with our centre’s mission and vision.”
Mr T Reddy, coach of Team SAP Transformers and educator at Tyburn Primary, was “impressed with the presentation skills shown by the children. The high standards of the league allowed (my) learners the opportunity to try out challenges that they would otherwise not have been exposed to. The support from the sponsor SAP (PTY) Ltd, the KZN Science Centre personnel, and encouragement from judges had resulted in a wonderful experience for all learners participating and on a personal note, an increase in confidence of these learners.”
The KZN Science Centre, a Non-Profit Organization (NPO #064-359-NPO), is situated at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga and offers a great variety of educational and event facilities following an extensive revamp in October 2009. Through a variety of exhibits, workshops, themed holiday programmes, events, presentations and conferences, the KZN Science Centre aims to promote science awareness amongst all citizens and in particular the youth, in order to encourage them to pursue science and technology related professions. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by the KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits.
Those who wish to become part of the KZN Science Centre’s online community are encouraged to ‘Like’ KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter, or visit the KZN Science Centre at the Gateway Theatre Shopping website at www.kznsc.org .As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by the KZN Science Centre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. For further enquiries, the KZN Science Centre front desk can be contacted on 031-5668040.
Press release compiled by: Chantal Motilall
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