Project Objectives

 

Project Objectives

 To bring science and technology to ordinary people, to demonstrate the important role science and technology play in their lives and to show how this knowledge can uplift and improve their everyday lives.
• To be an effective and more user-friendly way of disseminating science and technology information. The programme aims to display a healthy balance of information, learning and fun.
• Application of resources should be cost effective and economically optimal.
• Optimum economic impact of the project will be ensured by using existing community infrastructures to stimulate a spill over to reach even more members of the community.      E.g. Parents and extended families are reached through learners at local schools.
• To generate income to help sustain the project by offering these demonstrations and products, at a fee, to high income community members who are concerned about energy
savings.

Target participants:

Target participants are mainly women as they are the main producers of meals for families but anyone with a minimum income or struggling to make ends meet is welcome.

Currently, the main thrust of the project is to show people how to save money on energy requirements for cooking and heating water.
Learners in higher grades are also ideal target participants as they could learn the technology, take it back to their families and put some of the ideas into practice to the advantage of the family’s budget. Technology teachers would welcome demonstrations such as these which fall within the school curriculum. 

Initially the focus will be on communities in the Overstrand but, as more Mobile Units become available, wider audiences can be reached.

Additional Target Groups

High income community members or our “greenies” who we can reach in larger groups and charge for demonstrations and “product” to help sustain the project.

 Low or no income men and women contribute by making energy balls, DIY solar stoves, etc. and benefit by not having to fetch wood or buy fuel daily. These small enterprises could supply the communities with some “home-made” products that are low cost.

 Long Term Target Groups

The following groups will be targeted in the long term where possible

(a) learners;                                                         (e) officials of the DST;

(b) general public;                                                (f)  media

(c) corporate sector organisations;

(d) politicians or decision-makers;

Method to be used:

1. Demonstrations:

Communities will be reached by demonstrations given to invited audiences. There are two teams, an Afrikaans team and a Xhosa team, that consist of 2 people each. Both teams also speak English.
Activities will take place in church/school halls, taverns and private homes in the Overstrand and wherever groups can be reached in the target communities.

However, as these are done by mobile demonstration, there is no need for a main site or venue. The demonstrations can happen anywhere. The two teams must be self-sufficient and must be able to move independently to the daily venues.

Demonstration activities:
a. Demonstrate the making of ‘Rikus’ Energy Balls’ – recycled newspaper & candle wax.
b. Demonstrate cooking with Energy Balls in a special stove designed specifically for using the balls, as well as how to use an alternative stove made from recycled tin.
c. After 10 minutes of cooking the ‘Wonderbox/haybox’ principle in introduced and the community is shown how to use blankets etc. to continue the cooking process.
d. Demonstrate Solarstove.

2. Cooking Clubs

Follow-up sessions are planned and “Cooking Clubs” formed to ensure the continued use of alternative technologies. The mobile units will also service the Cooking Clubs.

3. Enabling Environment

Enabling environments will be created at community centers where elementary first aid, fire safety, nutrition etc. will be included in the program, assisted by the social workers and local clinics who have already given their support and are willing to cooperate.

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