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Nelson Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION entity is giving matrics an extra “boost” with a Boost Prep Pack containing summary videos of their entire Physical Science curriculum, including the experiments.  It encourages learners not only to work together with their educators, but also independently.

STEM in Action, which supports selected schools with lectures   in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has had to adapt its programme due to the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown. Having previously assisted those in grades 10, 11 and 12, it will be focusing only on physical science teaching for matric pupils. It is now recording its Boost summary series and the Boost experiment series at the Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale laboratories. This is to support matric physical science pupils to prepare for their trial exams after lectures with pupils and educator empowerment sessions were halted due to the pandemic.

Short lessons, recorded experiments, career exploration and wellness segments, are just a few of the interventions planned by Mandela University’s STEM IN ACTION’s programme to assist Grade 12 learners once they are back at school.

In 2019, some 2700 learners and their educators from 37 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay, benefited from this science and mathematics programme.

ANXIETY, lack of motivation, curriculum coverage and a shortage of data for online lessons are only a few of the challenges learners have to face during the country’s national lockdown. Educators in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro are hopeful that Nelson Mandela University’s STEM In Action programme will help alleviate these challenges. The programme will be providing short lessons, recorded experiments, career exploration and wellness segments for the Getting Ahead in Technology and Engineering (GATE) and Selected Learner Programme (SLP) learners.