Centre provides bags and bags of fun-time learning

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

THIS holiday the learning does not have to stop with the start of the summer holidays. Kids can visit the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre situated in Uitenhage to experience an interactive, fun and free way to learn about the world of science, maths and technology.

The 36000m² interactive exhibition area provides children with lots of space to roam while experiencing how kinetic energy can power electrical appliances like a television or the momentum of a ball travelling through a loop.

The centre offers automotive, electrical, construction, sound and game zones.

The construction zone can keep children busy for hours while they build a structure using foam building blocks.

In the biological area children can learn about their internal organs after having spent some time climbing a special wall.

Until Friday, the centre hosts a week-long holiday programme for children aged four to 16.

The Materials Matter holiday programme includes learning about everyday materials and how scientists test these properties to determine how safe they are, to learning how to dissolve polystyrene and re-moulding it into something new.

The holiday programme is from 10am until 2.30pm at the NMB Science and Technology Centre, Upper Drostdy Street in Uitenhage.

While it is free to enter the centre, the holiday programme costs R25 a child a day (excluding lunch pack) or R45 a child a day (including lunch pack). Group sizes are limited and bookings are essential.

The centre is open from 9am until 4pm weekdays and closed weekends. The centre will be closing from December 20 until January 6. Inquiries: (041) 991-5000.

Directions: Enter Uitenhage, follow to Calendon Street, turn right into Drostdy Street, cross first set of robots. The NMB Science and Technology Centre is on the left.

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