The name ‘Science4U’ reflects our goal to provide Science education to everybody.
Through sponsorship from the Japanese Embassy, UKZN’s Science and Technology Education Centre (STEC@UKZN) is the proud owner of a mobile science lab in the form of a converted Mercedes-Benz Vito van.
The interior of the van is especially designed and equipped to accommodate experiments in the field of physics and chemistry. The mobile science lab goes out to schools to provide hands-on activities and lab experiences to learners who do not have access to such facilities.
The Science4U van is equipped with experiments to service groups of up to 50 learners. The experiments consist of 15 high-tech SPARK Science Learning System units which are all-in-one mobile devices that integrate a data logging tool with inquiry-based content and assessment. The learning System unit runs on batteries, which allows us to conduct practical sessions in schools with no electricity and during load shedding.
The Mobile Science Laboratory visits areas mainly in KwaZulu-Natal to enhance the science and mathematics education in underprivileged high and primary schools that don’t have access to labs and also get learners interested in taking science and mathematics at higher grade level. This project supplies the learners with hands-on science and mathematics education through demonstrating experiments relevant to the school syllabus.
0-50 km: free
50-100 km: R 250
100-200 km: R450
Above 200 km: R 700
The workshops are free and we only charge for getting the vehicle to the school. Special concessions can be made for non fee paying schools