IN A BOX
safety goggles for the pupils who are handling the equipment.
Everything is housed inside polystyrene compartments, which fit into a sturdy cardboard case. A booklet that describes the experiments and which is based on the school curriculum is included in the kit.
The idea is that there should be no more than five pupils per kit to maximise the hands-on experience. It is now available in 15 schools.
Mpofu believes that science and technology are critical to building the economy because innovation is founded on scientific discovery and original thinking, which, in turn, are founded on a good foundation in science education.
“If we can’t get that right,” she says, “then we’re going to remain the way we are – always dependent on someone else and some other country to create something new, which we then buy.”