National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Cape Town

posted: 498 days ago, on Tuesday, 2016 Aug 02 at 14:20
tags: astronomy, outreach, light pollution, Sun, NSW 2016, Iziko, StarPeople, SAASTA, Cape Town.

StarPeople & StarFriends took part in National Science Week 2016. This year, we presented outside the Planetarium of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town.

Our presentation consisted of several activities, running concurrently. Visitors were free to attend any of the activities.

We attracted the attention of passerís by with display posters and solar telescopes (and also a microwave solar detector!) giving live views of the Sun.

A second activity demonstrated the human eye with the focus haha on eye safety when looking at the Sun.

How visible radiation (light) works (in fact, how an optical telescope works) was demonstrated with a telescope event.

Based around the theme of Sustainability through Solar Energy, one activity demonstrated how solar energy is converted into electricity, and can also be used directly to cook food. Two events explained the physics of infra-red and ultraviolet radiation.

Our total public audience - that is, the estimated number of people who we made aware of NSW 2016 - is 23,184. Of this 4,236 people were individually interacted with - at the telescopes, during activities, and by engaging them in discussion. Our target total was 3,200. In addition, we had contact with 286 learners (target = 120).

This year, we asked people who signed the attendance register to also indicate where they were from. I was expecting a large percentage to be out-of-towners and international visitors who were visiting Iziko Museum and stopped by our event en route. Boy, was I wrong. 65% stated they were from the Cape Town metropole! 4.3% were from the rest of South Africa, 4.0% were from elsewhere in Africa, and only 9% were overseas (ex-Africa) visitors.

Media coverage of our event (excluding readership totals from newspaper adverts) can be broken down into website visits (906 people), Facebook (558), and Twitter (11,496).

Poster downloads

We developed a set of posters to support our activities. Several are these are shown below. By clicking on the poster, you can download a high-resolution PDF version, suitable for printing.

Event photos

Day 1 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Day 2 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Day 3 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Day 4 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Day 5 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Day 6 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Days 7 and 8 of National Science Week 2016 at Iziko Museums, Cape Town.

Original article, posted 2016 August 02, follows below.

We'll be celebrating National Science Week this year outside the Planetarium of the Iziko Museums in Cape Town. Once again, the Amphitheatre will become a solar observing spot, and a great chance to chat about science, life, the Universe, and everything.

Activities

  1. Come and see the Sun! Live views through solar telescopes of our nearest star.
  2. Hands-on Experiment: Measure the size of the Sun using only a pinhole!
  3. How does a telescope work?
  4. Free energy from the Stars: Harnassing the power of the Sun
  5. Invisible Energy Demonstration: Ultraviolet and infrared
  6. Invisible Energy Demonstration: "See" the Sun in microwaves

When and where?

Date: Saturday through to Saturday - 2016 August 06 to August 13

Time: 09:00 to 17:00

Cost: Free! Booking not necessary unless you have a large (>25) group

Where: Iziko Museum Amphitheatre (outside the Planetarium)

Address: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Twitter: #NSW2016 and @auke_s

Past events at Iziko

  1. National Science Week 2015
  2. Museum Night 2015

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