The KZN Museum's education team has embarked on various educational in house and outreach projects for the year. Of particular interest at this time of the year is the Enviro Reach initiative which is an outreach project and covers a wide range of topic in natural sciences. Lessons to various schools include topics like - a lesson on plant structures using a live specimen of spekboom. Learners at various schools participated in completing a worksheet on scientific drawing and labelling of the plant, reiterating the important structures. Learners at the outreach initiatives also participated in making their own seed bombs using clay, (seeds included carrots, green beans, and peas), which can be planted at any time of the year, and even in the most arid of conditions.
Presentations also included a lesson on Inorganic Chemistry specifically targetted to Grade 10 learners, including a demonstration of the water purification filter and a practical on seed bombs where learners interacted in groups. Other topics covered are indigenous plants and their significance, a practical session on how to make seed bombs using indigenous seeds and the propagation of spekboom and planting of proteas, which is proudly our South African flower.
The schools that the Museum have visited so far this year include Nomaswazi High School, Thorner Primary School, St Nicholas Diocesan School, Eden College in Durban.