Please be advised that the Guinness World Record Attempt for the largest practical science experiment, scheduled for this Saturday 24 October at the Westville sports centre, has had to be postponed.
This decision has been taken on the advice of the South African Police Services, and is endorsed by UKZN, MAHLE and CASME management.
It is felt that owing to the current student campaign nation-wide, it is unwise to bring 1 600 learners plus associated observers on to campus, where they might act as a possible magnet for further student protests. Nor can we expose Minister Pandor under the circumstances.
It is very unfortunate that the excitement of 1 600 learners, who have been preparing for this special day for months, is being impacted. Their safety, however, is of paramount importance.
It is for this reason that the World Record attempt has been postponed to a date in January 2016, which will advised once confirmed.
On Monday 28 September, 240 learners from Umlazi made the journey from their school to 4 destinations around Durban for a day of science related experiences. On the itinerary was a stopover for an hour-long hands-on lesson organised by CASME.
Muzomuhle Primary School is part of the FNB Primary Education Project through which CASME provides ongoing training and support to teachers in Mathematics and English. However Thami Ndinisa, a teacher from the school who is part of the programme, felt this was not enough and wanted to extend opportunities to the learners in Science. The school arranged to transport the 240 learners to CASME as part of the excursion, where learners participated in an interactive, hands-on science lesson. The lesson was presented by CASME facilitators lead by Mr Mokhulu Matshika.
The programme included a colour mixing, an iodine clock and some edu-taining video presentations covering aspects of the Intermediate Phase curriculum.