2023 National Science Week Launch AIMS Highlights Mathematics’ Contributions to the Modern World & Communication

On 22 July,  AIMS, through the House of Science, joined over 70 science, technology and innovation (STI) exhibitors from universities, science councils, national research facilities, industry, science centres, government departments and relevant non-governmental organisations across the country at the official Launch of the 2023 South Africa National Science Week (NSW). NSW is an annual week-long

Science Communication in South Africa: Progress, Challenges and Transformative Scenarios for Engagement

Dr Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe, House of Science Manager, co-authored the book chapter on Building Capacity for Science Communication in South Africa: Afrocentric Perspectives From Mathematical Scientists in a newly published book on Race and Sociocultural Inclusion in Science Communication, edited by Dr Elizabeth Rasekoala (affiliation – African Gong). The book is part of the Bristol University

AIMSSEC Celebrates Course Completions

The sweet smell of success is in the air!  AIMSSEC is once again celebraing the completion of two courses enhancing the professional development of South African mathematics teachers in terms of subject content knowledge and pedagogical skills. The two courses, Mathematical Communication and Language (MCL), and Mathematical Thinking (MT4) which started at the beginning of

Africa Day Celebrations: AIMS Inspires Muizenberg High School Students to Pursue STEM career pathways

On 25 May, AIMS celebrated Africa Day. It took the form of a Career Expo organised by Muizenberg Library. On the day, AIMS introduced Muizenberg High School learners to various career pathways in mathematics. More than 500 learners attended the event and had an opportunity to interact with representatives from various institutions and City of

The 4th cohort of AIMS South Africa’s young researchers trained to deliver impactful Afrocentric Science Communication

From 8 to 10 May, AIMS South Africa, in partnership with African Gong, successfully trained the 4th cohort of AIMS South Africa master’s students in Afrocentric science communication skills during a 3-day Workshop.  The global landscape has recognised the fundamental role that science communication skills play in enhancing the scientific ecosystem, scientists’ and academics’ professional

What it is like to teach at AIMS

I recently had the privilege of teaching an Applied Statistics course at AIMS South Africa, an institution renowned for nurturing some of the brightest minds on the continent. The core purpose of teaching at AIMS is to empower these promising students with essential skills and knowledge that will enable them to tackle real-world challenges and

AIMSSEC Outreach Programmes

AIMSSEC runs monthly online Global Teacher Empowerment Network (GTEN) workshops for alumni, current students and primary and secondary teachers around the world. In April Mrs Toni Beardon, Ms Caroline Ainslie, and Mr Kwethemba Moyo presented work on Probability and Statistics, with focus on calculating probabilities using Tree diagrams, Contingency tables, and Venn diagrams. The ‘Pigeonhole

AIMS Entrepreneurship Programme 2023

AIMS South Africa is proud to announce the successful conclusion of its groundbreaking student entrepreneurship program, which engaged 55 talented Master’s students in tackling real-world challenges. The programme, focused on food, energy, and water systems, witnessed seven groups passionately working towards innovative solutions. Over the course of two months, the participating students underwent intensive training,

AIMSSEC hosts IMO delegates

AIMSSEC offered a helping hand to one of its stakeholders, SAMF (South Africa Mathematics Foundation). The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students held annually in different countries. The Olympiad has expanded to over 100 countries from seven continents, and South Africa is a member. A group of

LLM Workshop 2023

How will ChatGPT and other large language models (LLMs) change education, academia and data science and what are the threats and opportunities that LLMs present for Africa. These were some of the questions explored at the LLM workshop organised by Prof. Bruce Bassett (AIMS South Africa/UCT/SAAO) and held from 26 to 30 March 2023 at

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