Sangari SA, the provider of learning solutions, exhibited its ‘F1 in Schools’ initiative and Science solutions at this year’s SciFest in Grahamstown. Scifest Africa was established in 1996 to promote public awareness, understanding and appreciation of science, technology and innovation. The project is supported by South Africa’s National Department of Science and Technology and other sponsors.
The F1 in Schools competition, run worldwide and hosted by Sangari in South Africa, commissions teams to design, construct and race the fastest Formula One car of the future, powered by compressed air cylinders. “F1 in Schools is the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test and then race miniature compressed-air powered balsa wood F1 cars.,” said Bez Sangari, MD, Sangari South Africa.
Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market “Sangari’s Science solutions combine practical and theoretical resources that allow students to effectively overcome the barriers that restrict the practical development in their learning by being able to effectively conduct all the experiments required in the curriculum.”
Sangari Mobile Science laboratories encourage educators to be more proactive and practical in their pedagogy through the use of all-inclusive mobile laboratories that emulate the functionality of a full scale laboratory,” said Mr Sangari. Sangari Mobile Science Laboratories are aligned to the CAPS Curriculum. Students acquire the skill to work in groups which develops their teamwork abilities. “The Mobile Science Lab closes the gap between theoretical and practical application, thereby equipping the student with all that they need to accomplish their study objectives.”
Each Mobile Science laboratory is packaged in a single robust case with each component strategically placed in its specific receptacle, and presented in layers for ease of use. This is to ensure that any missing component will be quickly identified thereby eliminating lost items and easy stock control by the educator.