Over a period of about ten years the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre made this venue available for the finals of AQUALIBRIUM, the SAICE-WRC Schools Water Competition. The centre’s equipment that brings home the principles of Maths and Science while playing the ‘games’, never failed to amaze the finalists that came to Johannesburg. With the opening of the new West Wing, the centre can do even more to encourage learners to take Maths and Science as matric subjects! SAICE wishes them great success in the future.
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre officially opened its new building on Wednesday, 25 September 2013. It forms part of the final phase of a major construction project that started in 2011.
The new West Wing building will bring the total working area of Sci-Bono to 31 821m² and will greatly expand the facilities that are available to accommodate the growing collection of interactive Maths, Science and Technology exhibits and the broad range of science related events, activities and programmes on offer for both the general public and the school community.
“The new facility will provide additional space and opportunity in due course” says Mr. Phiroshaw Camay, Chairperson of the Sci-Bono Board. The three-storey building has two additional laboratories, four conferencing venues, large exhibition spaces and additional offices. In addition, 75 basement parking bays will provide ample, safe parking for visitors coming to the centre and the rooftop terrace as well as the large floor to ceiling windows in the venue, provide spectacular views over Jozi.
The building was opened by the MEC for Education, Ms Barbara Creecy. The activities of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre are funded primarily by its principal, the Gauteng Department of Education along with a number of other funders. Leading the GDE’s Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Strategy, Sci-Bono is now better equipped to deliver on the strategy in future.
The grand opening of the building also coincided with the Annual General Meeting of the Board and is a major milestone in the almost decade long history of the centre. The new addition will ensure that Sci-Bono Discovery Centre remains one of the most popular leisure and educational destinations in Gauteng.
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