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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

SAASTA Telescope Building & Science Experiments

2012_0503_115946Today we joined a group of homeschoolers for a field trip at South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement Johannesburg Observatory.

We left bright & early at 7am for a trip that should have taken half an hour. Google Maps on my Galaxy Note directed us to Innes Street without any hickups by 8am, but finding their premises was no easy task & took us over 30 minutes & made us late for our 8h30 start time.

The kids were split into their different age groups. Our group started with a 45 minute presentation in the planetarium on the stars, planets & galaxies. We were amazed at the wonders of our solar system.

After the planetarium they did an experiment to separate grain DNA. Unfortunately they had only set out 5 experiment stations for a group of over 40 kids so many of them only got to watch.  One of the moms shared a whole lot of info on DNA with the group.

After a short lunch break the kids headed back into the lecture room where they received their materials as well as instructions on how to build a telescope. Everyone was able to take their completed telescope back home with them.

2012_0503_125605One of the workers did a few chemistry experiments for the kids and the little ones where after all the kids had an opportunity to view through a real life telescope. The kids then were able to explore all the exhibits spread out on the 3 floors of the building until it was time for us to head home.

Although the some experienced it as a little disappointing due to improper preparation on their part, the kids still had loads of fun.