Creative and fun learning at PROTEC Tongaat vacation classes

Bridge builders with facilitator, Brian Cockwell.

The school holidays were jam-packed with exciting activities for PROTEC Tongaat pupils who participated in a variety of workshops. Grade 10 pupils did Bridge Building while the grade 11 pupils chose either Bridge Building or Steam cars.

For the steam car workshop pupils used kits designed by Professor Binden from the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at UKZN while the bridge builders designed and built bridges using strips of balsa wood and Pratley Quickset. The three teams with the strongest bridges will participate in the SAICE KZN inter-school’s competition on August 10.

“In addition to applying Math and Physical Science concepts in a practical and fun way, these workshop develops good team work, problem solving and communication skills. They also enable the learners to test their skills and aptitude in engineering and increase their understanding of technology and the environment,” said PROTEC Tongaat manager, Marion Takis. The Grade 12’s focused on their studies attending enrichment classes in Math,  Physical Science and Life Science.

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The UKZN Science Centre also conducted practical activities with all the pupils. Grade 10’s focused on the Heating and Cooling curve of water, Grade 11’s did Ohm’s Law whilst the Grade 12’s looked at the internal resistance of a battery. Casio also ran a wonderful workshop for the Grade 10 and 11 pupils to ensure that they know how to use their scientific calculators effectively.

As a non-profit organization, PROTEC is entirely reliant on donations and it is thanks to the generous support of PROTEC’s financial partners such as Altech, Tongaat Hulett, SISCDTF, SITFE, BMG, M&G Attridge Trust, Fulton Trust and FFS Refiners that these pupils are able to participate in these exciting opportunities.

Article: Mbali Khubisa


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