AIMS South Africa and AIMSSEC activities which took place from 7 to 11 March included visits to local high schools by staff members and women role models in STEM fields, a public lecture and a panel discussion by women scientists. The public lecture by Prof. Nicola Mulder, Computational Biology Group, UCT was held on 8 March and titled: “Women in Science and the science of women – studying microbiomes.” (The lecture can be accessed here).
The panel discussion by women scientists, held on 10 March was titled: “Courageous Women with Careers in STEM.” The panellists discussed aspects of their work and gave advice to young people who are considering entering the world of science. Members of the panel were:
Dr Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe (Mathematician, AIMS South Africa), Dr Tandeka Magcwebeba (Bio-chemist, Stellenbosch University), Ms Amanda Namba (Engineer, City of Cape Town), Ms Celiwe Ngwenya (Educationalist, Sun International), Ms Desiree Timmet (Statistician, STATSA) and Ms Mmabatho Mokiti (Entrepreneur, founder of Mathemaniacs). (A video of this panel discussion can be accessed here.
Between 7 and 11 March, AIMSSEC visited various schools daily on a roadshow and attracted many learners and teachers. They presented learner-centred fun activities including solving a murder mystery, investigating Euler’s theorem, making three dimensional objects and a quiz in mathematical language. Most importantly, learners benefitted from motivational talks by various successful guest women speakers who are from a range of STEM careers.