This pandemic has certainly changed the way we function, especially as a Museum but all is not lost as can still participate in so many exciting things in this digital. Mrs Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer (Outreach) attended Scifest webinars during the lockdown. Scifest embraced technology have moved their workshops to an online platform in the form of webinars to include a much audience than ever before.
To contribute to the world of sharing information and awareness about Covid 19 two of the seminars focused on scientific activities as well as methods of testing methodologies as well as coping strategies to deal with the lockdown and the pandemic.
This is how the 4-day webinar unfolded:
Day 1 - This session looked at examples of innovations in Africa such as a robot named Quintin at Tygerberg hospital that has assisted doctors doing virtual rounds. Prof Mike Burton has shown how Covid has emphasised the need to find new ways of doing things e.g. Wireless technology, robotics, changing our mind-sets.
Day 2 – This webinar was super interesting!. The session focussed on testing methodologies for the Covid virus and how SA is aiming at early detection at a low cost which would mean self-isolation and reduced transmission. We need to stimulate learners to take up careers in this field and promote Maths and Sciences at the school level.
Day 3 – focused on space and its role in SA in relation to the youth during youth month. Space science programmes are significant in the 21st century as they aim to address challenges posed to mankind such as employment and inequalities. Space science is an interesting field of study which requires young minds to further their studies I Maths, Physics, Geography, and Computer Science.
Day 4 - Very helpful and supportive. The webinar looked at coping strategies during a pandemic and lockdown. The session focussed on how the stressors of life affect ones quality of life, community wellness, protecting children during this transition, dealing with grief, unresolved trauma, being proactive, and positive. Some of the mechanisms included talking openly, keeping kids distracted through activities, family structure, and exercise to release endorphins and being kind to oneself.
Our next online Scifest session is called Steam Ahead will be taking place tomorrow (17 July) at 3pm. We will be engaging in exciting fun science demos such as a DIY Lava Lamp/ Blowing up a balloon with chemistry.