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Project Rise started the year with an introductory session (meet and greet) for the Oatlands Primary Grade 7s. This gave us the opportunity to meet the group, discuss the vision of Project Rise and show them around the St Andrew’s Campus.
On Wednesday, the pupils participated in the first Project Rise session – a Chemistry lesson. The session was started by discussing the importance of lab safety and always being cautious when performing experiments.
The Desmond Tutu laboratory was filled with excitement, as some demonstrations were done first. Then, the actual fun started… the students worked in pairs to follow a couple of steps in adding certain “unknown substances” together.
The purpose of Project Rise is to reach out to the community, expose the kids to facts, equipment, information and in the process, teach them a skill that could potentially be used in future. The fact that four substances mixed together in a bag with ice and salt can give you ice cream (without a freezer), is reason enough to embrace Chemistry and teach children that Science is all around us.