Share this article

Joburg Library and Information Services (LIS) delivered of the Science Scuffle Finals at the Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre this week.

Explaining what the Science Scuffle is, LIS Assistant Director Alenor Duarte said: “It is a quiz based on science, technology and mathematics. This programme started 12 years ago in our libraries and is gaining momentum. The target group is grades 6 and 7 learners. Each team is made up of 5 learners. The aim of the quiz is for learners to develop their information literacy skills while learning about science."

This year's programme started in January with 266 primary schools registering for the competition. The knockouts were conducted in the seven regions of the City. This saw four primary schools, Park, Lyndhurst, Tumang and Emmarentia, reaching the finals.

All were knocked out by the Emmarentia Primary School, who are participating in the competition for the first time.

Adile Sikhakhani, also known as Dr Feel Good, from Sci- Bon Discovery Centre in Newtown, when was asked what brings him to Science Scuffle, said: “I am actually here to inspire the young ones to love science. In our country we do not have enough scientists. So, it is important to engage learners and promote science in a fun way" 

Sikhakhani, together with learners, conducted experiments such as formation of explosives and pressures. These are some of the chemical reactions that made the Apollo 13 project to successfully reach the moon.

This programme responds to the need to ignite passion in science so that the youth could be encouraged to consider studying science. Science is the actual driver of the fourth Industrial Revolution.