The Science Centre at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is making strides in increasing the number of learners taking mathematics and science subjects in high schools. On Friday, 15 March 2013, the Centre hosted Dr Ruth Tennen, a Science Lecturer from the United States of America, to teach learners about the importance of Crime Scene and Forensic Evidence.
Dr Tennen made demonstrations to more than 300 learners from surrounding Johannesburg schools, on how to use DNA samples to trace suspects during investigations. The lecture was delivered on Soweto Campus.
“Learning about DNA is a fantastic way to stimulate scientific thinking in young people and to get them excited about careers in science and engineering. This is critical for solving many of the important global challenges we face,” said Dr Tennen, encouraging the learners to study mathematics and science.
Kamogelo Molefe, (Grade 10 – Reasoma Secondary School), Lehlohonolo Selowe (Grade 10 – Waverly Girls High School), Simnikiwe Siqoko (Grade 10 – St. Matthews Secondary School), and Kagiso Mbhongwa (Grade 10 – St. Matthews Secondary School) were some of the learners that were excited about the lecture.
“Classes like this one help us improve our understanding of the science subject because we learn in a different environment. I also feel encouraged to study science because it helps provide solutions in our daily lives,” said Molefe.