The initiative supports the theme - Space for Education - of the 10th World Space Week (WSW) celebration. WSW is an annual event celebrated worldwide to commemorate the launch of the first man-made satellite, Sputnik 1, on 4 October 1957. The WSW celebration is a week-long event taking place from 4 - 10 October 2009.
The CSIR-led awareness campaign will run from 19 to 23 October 2009, targeting learners from Grade 10 - 12 who study physical science, mathematics and geography. It aims to expose the learners to the space industry in all its fascinating facets.
Learners from schools in the rural areas will be transported by bus to participating science centres such as the University of Limpopo Science Centre, Bokamoso Science and Technology Education Centre (BOSTEC) and Vuwani Science Centre, on allocated dates. By spreading the allocation, learners from all five districts of the province (Capricorn, Vhembe, Mopani, Greater Sekhukhune and Waterberg) will have an opportunity to hear and see more about space.
Through inspiring narratives and presentations on their work at the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre, the CSIR's Daniel Matsapola and Johnny Rizos plan to thrill their audience and create excitement and a desire among learners to choose science, engineering and technology as their primary career choice.