Scifest 2014

The Journalism TV4 class produced the following science and technology inserts on stories found at the Scifest Africa in Grahamstown

Richard Grant - getting science to the classrooms
Report by Natalie Austin & Jason Randall

Many schools in South Africa do not have access to biology or science laboratories or the required resources for practical demonstrations in the classroom. In a Scifest Africa 2014 workshop Toys from Trash, Richard Grant teaches learners how to make science education resources from cheap and accessible household items. Richard a retired Rhodes University lecturer. Working with Dr. Ken Ngcoza from the Rhodes Department of Education they hope to integrate these experiments in all schools in order to make students more excited about the subject of science.
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Biotechnology - a science explored
Report by Deneesha Pillay & Megan Flemmit

One of the workshops that The South African Agency for Science and Technology Association held concerned the use of Biotechnology. High school explore a technique to extract DNA from wheat using everyday household products.
They also saw how biotechnology is used for genetic modification (GM) of organisms and the many controversies around this.
We also see how biotechnology is used in a sustainable way. The Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at Rhodes University works in parallel with the Belmont Valley Water Treatment Works to remediate sewage water to produce water that is less harmful for the environment.

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Scifest highlights teachers struggles
Report by Dumisa Lengwati & Tarryn Isaacs

Kitchen Chemistry, in the same vein as the show done by Die Physikanten, encourages the idea of scholars being able to express their lab-making skills outside of the classroom. Dr Stephen Ashworth showcased dramatic chemistry reactions using household items one could find in their kitchen cabinets. Dr Ashworth teaches chemistry at East Anglia University in Norwich, England. While SciFest illuminates a path towards a brighter science future, the problems within science education in South Africa remain when SciFest leaves. Science educators in Grahamstown speak about the issues observed and experienced within schools regarding the lack of institutional support and resources that have a negative impact on the performance of scholars. Some consider Grahamstown schools to be in a privileged position due to the accessibility of resources that are available at Rhodes

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Unearthing Grahamstown
Report by Natalie Austin & Jason Randall

Dr Rob Gess caused a stir with his discovery of Gondwana’s oldest known land animal, Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis, in 2013. He continues to make internationally important discoveries which have opened Africa’s most important window into the 360 million year old Late Devonian world. Most of these he found in the estuarine derived rocks from Waterloo Farm on the outskirts of Grahamstown.

The scorpion fossil remains are the oldest terrestrial animal remains from Gondwana, one of two supercontinents that existed from 510 to 180 million years ago, before fragmenting into the land masses now known as Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica, India and Madagascar. He talks here of his work with Dr Cyrille Prestiani of the Royal Museum of Natural History in Belgium, and an expert in Late Devonian palaeobotany.

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Eskom at Scifest Africa
Report by Robyn Wertheim & Cindy Archillies

South Africa's electricity crisis cannot be solely solved by reducing domestic consumption. Eskom's accountability and their monopoly position are put under the lens by Economics Professor Gavin Keeton and The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) columnist Glenn Ashton.

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Die Physikanten at Scifest Africa 2014
Report by Lillian Magari & Noxolo Mafu

Following the theme “Into the Space”, Scifest Africa 2014 welcomed award winning German scientist performing group: Die Physikanten. Creating a giant tornado of fire, crashing oil drums using air and making gigantic smoke rings, Die Physikanten aimed to make science exciting and accessible.
Sascha Ott, a scientist from Die Physikanten, believes that the purpose of the show is to allow children to become eager to learn more about science. Although the children were entertained and enthusiastic to interact with certain experiments, science teacher at Ntsika Secondary High School, Solomon Johnson explains that this excitement does not always filter into the classrooms beyond the annual SciFest. The inability to provide such experiments to local school children in a sustainable way, due to lack of resources, creates an absence in general science knowledge for young pupils.

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Scifest 2013

The Journalism TV4 class produced the following science and technology inserts on stories found at the Scifest Africa 2013 in Grahamstown

Afrobots at Scifest Africa
Report by Debbie Potgieter & Minette van der Walt

Switches, circuits and clever engineering, Scifest hosts the annual Afrobot competition in Grahamstwon.
On the day of the competition after several robot battles, the final is a team from Graham College, Lando and team Floppy, two brothers from Somerset East. Brothers Joshua and Gideon Taljard walked home with first place after their robot, made out of old motors and floppy disks stole the victory from robot Lando. Floppy had the advantage of a fully rotatable arm capable of rotating the dice to any number they so wished.

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The science of beauty
Report by Palesa Mashigo & Kirsten Allnutt

For many, science is all about complex formulations and inconceivable experiments. Very few people can follow a career path in the field of science but Sci-Fest Africa reminds people annually, that science can be practiced from the comfort of our own homes. Rhodes University’s Pharmacy 4 students this year exhibited a collection of “home-made” skin products like hand sanitizers, body cream and lip balm.

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FameLab Finals at Scifest
Report by Robyn Perros, Raphaela Linders and Tassyn Munro

Famelab, “the pop-idols of science”, is a competition where contestants give a 3-minute presentation to a non-scientific audience. Nine finalists from around South Africa partook in the final on 15th March 2013 at Scifest Africa in Grahamstown.

Famelab is an initiative of the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. It began in 2004 and now includes 25 countries — the most recent being South Africa. The nine finalists attended master classes in communication and public speaking prior to the finals.

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Bloodhound SCC
Report by Amaal Salie, Jacek Kaminski & Katja Schreiber

Keeping up with the hype surrounding the Bloodhound SSC Project at this year’s Scifest Africa required a fast pace and sharp mind. Activities organised by the Bloodhound team abounded everywhere: lectures enthralled high school students while workshops saw young prospective mechanics assemble miniature SSC replicas out of cardboard and wood. Both young and old delighted in the thrill of sitting behind the steering wheel of the SSC simulator, vicariously experiencing what lies ahead for SSC driver Andy Green when he attempts to break the world land speed record on South African ground in 2014.

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Scifest 2012

The Journalism TV4 class produced the following science and technology inserts on stories found at the Scifest Africa 2012 in Grahamstown

SKA – Square Kilometre Array
Report by Martin Bleazard & Gabi Zietsman 

The bid for the Square Kilometer Array is decided jointly between Australia and South Africa. We look at the bid and more importantly what happens as it is shared. This piece explains the basic science of the project, points at the importance of this bid as the ‘World Cup of Science’ and gains viewpoints from those involved in the industry.
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The Rhino Horn Trade
Report by Thomas Mills & Justin Archer

South Africa is currently experiencing its worst rhino poaching with the numbers of endangered rhino’s killed set to reach beyond the 500 mark. This video documents why poaching is out of control and what NGOs such as TRAFFIC are doing to stop it.  We see why rhino horn is so sought after and question the key challenges of corruption and legalized hunting.
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Bloodhound Speed
Report by Tarryn Ross & Julie Campbell

Humankind has an insatiable quest for speed ever since the invention of the wheel! sciTV explores the latest speed and engineering adventure as the British take The Bloodhound SSC to the next level, aiming to break the land speed record. We explore the Bloodhound with the speed demons on the Prince George Circuit in East London who are  thinking beyond the speed of sound.
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Beneath the Surface
Report by Thomas Mills, Gabi Zietsman & Christopher Tucker.


Commercial shark fishing is one of the least publicized industries in South Africa. Experts, restaurant owners and retailers say that shark meat is a viable food source, but regulations and policy to ensure sustainability is in disarray. We travel along the Eastern Cape coastline to a St Francis Bay factory that processes shark and sells it. We interview shark conservationists to hear what the industry could do for tourism and the environmental impact and meet a restaurant owner who serves shark on his menu.
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Makana's Water Woes
Report by Thomas Mills & Justin Archer

In 2010 Grahamstown received an appaling score of 36% on the Blue Drop score for water quality, last year it improved to 55% but was still far below the targeted goal of 97%. This film questions why the progress has been so slow considering that Makana Municipality’s water quality could hardly have been any worse through terrible mismanagement and inadequate infrastructure.
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Jaw reconstruction innovation
Report by Gabi Zietsman & Martin Bleazard

At the University of Cape Town, a team of doctors and engineers patent, develop and
perform a new technique for the reconstruction of the upper jaw.
In the world of facial reconstruction, regrowing bone in the upper jaw was once viewed as impossible
This new procedure is the brain child of Dr Rushdie Hendriks, a specialist in facial reconstruction. He has worked on this technique for the last four years and in the last two has performed it successfully on two patients. It costs around R4000 to make each device and the fact that no special skills are required make this a cheap alternative.
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Toys from Trash
Report by Charmian Africa and Rosanna Scott

Toys from Trash, a Scifest 2012 workshop, sees Ashok Rupner teaching the magic of making music from trash and other tricks. Whitney Turner, an MA student, also uses trash in her contemporary performance to create awareness about water conservation and the environment. Tracy Jeffery uses trash to make money from useful products like purses and earnings.
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Rhodes Green Fun Run collects for Worm Farm
Report by Kelley Wake, Sungeni Chithambo and Candyce Bruce.

The Green Fund Run is an annual race to fund sustainable projects in Grahamstown. The event supported the Rhodes University Worm Farm Project started by a student at Rhodes. This sustainable project uses biodegradable waste to produce fertilizer which can then be sold.
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Trees in Jeopardy
Report by Candice Ford and Christopher Tucker

Professor Jolanda Roux, of the University of Pretoria, presents a lecture on the importance of maintaining healthy trees for a healthy society at the 2012 Scifest Africa in Grahamstown.. She explains the threats on global tree population and the impact this could have on the planet. She gives a shocking example of what happened in the Easter Islands during a time of extreme deforestation eons ago. This video warns of serious threats to society should tree viruses and pathogens not be taken care of.

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Healing plants and the marketReport by Kelley Wake, Sungeni Chitambo & Candyce Bruce

sciTV explores the effects of commercialization on medicinal plants. Nokwanda Mukunga discusses the increasing options for market production of plants normally gathered from the wild. Researcher Michelle Cocks looks at the spiritual process of gathering the traditional healing plants now made difficult by the erection of fences at the sites where the plants are mostly found. Sangoma (traditional healer), Jason Mgxoteni, talks about the complex processes he goes through to gather plants.

Leonie Joubert on Climate Change
Report by Candice Ford & Christopher Tucker

Leonie Joubert's journalism on climate change in South Africa has been extensive and very influential. Her stylish lecture of putting the subject into scale is a very simple and effective way of informing the public in the challenge against climate change. SciTV meets her in Grahamstown at Scifest Africa 2012. She tells us what people and the media industry can do to prevent or slow down climate change impact.
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Glassblowing
Report by Aimee Caulfield & Enathi Mqokeli
Huffing and Puffing with Glass is a Scifest Africa workshop teaching learners the art of glassblowing. We meet Sandile Sukulu, a glass-blower who recycles discarded bottles into functional objects and Andre Adriaan who makes more decorative pieces. They show how the age old skill can be both environmentally and financially beneficial.
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Siyakhula - The Living Lab
Report by Aimee Caulfield & Enathi Mqokeli

The Siyakhula Living Lab provides internet and computers for the schools and the residents of Dwesa on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Ingrid Siebörger tells how t this project assists in addressing the communities socio-economic issues.
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Scifest 2011

Scifest Africa took place in Grahamstown from 4-10 May.

The Journalism TV4 class produced the following inserts on stories found at the fest.

What the Frack
Digital Korruption Productions - Bradley Janssen, Lisa Bluett & Ntombikayise Mlangeni
10min Investigative documentary

Hydraulic fracturing in South Africa is currently a hotly contested issue. We look into what all the fuss is about and see how this industry media landscape has been extremely one sided. We investigate where the true facts are and decipher fact from fiction while trying to represent some of those voices that are often marginalised. What are the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing and where will South Africa gain? Take a look to see how some of the facts have been distorted and how this has helped the anti-frackers lobby groups.

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The Swarkops Saga
Dizzeemouse Productions - Rogan Kerr & Ayushi Chhabra
10min Investigative documentary

The Swarkops Saga investigates the pollution that plagues the Swartkops Estuary in Port Elizabeth. Crisis management in the waste water treatment systems of the surrounding areas have resulted in massive sewerage leaks into the estuary, outraging the communities in the area. Trying to scapegoat local industries, the metro tries to shift the blame. This documentary follows the Swartkops Conservancy, a group of concerned citizens who are trying to claim their river back from the industries and the municipality.

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The Viability of Emerging Farmers
Pretty Dandy Productions - Nonkululeko Duduzile Hlatshwayo, Andiswa Leve & Prinesh Naidoo
10min Investigative documentary

The commercial farming sector plays an major part in the South African economy with crop exports contributing to its overall sustainability. However policy changes, the deregulation of produce, an unpredictable market and constant fears of land grabs have raised many questions within the agricultural sector. This piece looks at the new land and redistribution policies and the viability of the new emerging farmers who are placed in the rapidly changing economic environment of competitive agriculture.

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The Rit Rush
4tune Cookie Productions – Lonwabo Fayo, Daniel Eslick & Viktoria Marinova
10min Investigative documentary

The recreational snorting of Ritalin has become a phenomenon among student social circles in Grahamstown, South Africa. Its prevalence has gone under the radar of doctors, pharmacies and the police alike. This documentary attempts to uncover this phenomenon by investigating how students have got into the habit but also how they have kept it a secret from the authorities for so long. It also attempts to outline the dangers of abusing prescription drugs and promote social change.

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The Energy Debate
4tune Cookie Productions – Lonwabo Fayo, Daniel Eslick & Viktoria Marinova 4.5mins

We explore the future of nuclear energy and alternatives - which can be managed to allay public and media fear. This and hydrogen Fuekl Cells will play a part of our future

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A Critical Eye on Science
Digital Korruption Productions - Bradley Janssen, Lisa Bluett & Ntombikayise Mlangeni 4mins

Is science really objective. Can we be critical of its outcomes. Are facts and myths deliberately mixed up to justify corporate mistakes. We explore a few viewpoints.

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The Virtual Observer
Kwagga Productions. Chwayitisa Futshane, Zikhona Masala & Kyle Robinson.
5.5mins

Have we given up our privacy in the world of cell phones and new devices which can track our movements and actions? We look at the threats of social media and its use as a surveillance system. Do we care that we are being constantly monitored?

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Marine Pollution on the SA Coastline
Dizzeemouse Productions - Rogan Kerr & Ayushi Chhabra 5.5mins

80% of sea pollution comes from the mainland with plastics having the most dangerous impact on marine life. we try to find out who is responsible for reducing this waste from our urban spaces?

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Scifest 2010

Scifest Africa happened in Grahamstown from 24 - 30 March.

The Journalism TV4 class produced the following inserts on stories found at the fest.

The School of Journalism and Media Studies won the Siemens Profile for Science Journalism for the third year in a row. Alette Schoon, Executive Producer of the inserts received the awards at an award ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

 

 

Winds of Change
This documentary takes a look at a proposed windfarm near Grahamstown. The Waainek Windfarm Energy Project hopes to generate enough electricity to enable Grahamstown to be self-sufficient. Wind energy is a sustainable source, which will hopefully guarantee an uninterrupted flow of electricity for Grahamstown. Watch the documentary to find out about the wind turbines and some reactions about the proposal.

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The Real Paper Chase
Rhodes University uses around 18 million sheets of paper each year. This has huge environmental impact as it takes over 6 million litres of water and around 2000 trees every year to produce.
We turned to SciFest 2010 which suggested greener alternatives and a more sustainable future to Rhodes’ paper wastage and consumption.

Merit winner of the 2011 Siemens Profile Award for Science Journalism

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The FIFA 2010 Stadium in PE - Who really wins?
How much will the new 2010 stadia really be contributing to the lives of ordinary South Africa citizens? In this story, architect Tim Hewitt-Coleman and Xola Mali of the Unemployed Peoples Movement discuss the stadia and look at questions such as: will the wealth generated by tourism really trickle down to the average South African or will the stadia simply benefit FIFA and already wealthy South Africans? Would the money used to build the stadia not have been better spent on rolling out service delivery that the average South African is in desperate need of?

Winner of the 2011 Siemens Profile Award for Science Journalism

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Finding new earths
Astronomers are coming closer to discovering earth- like planets. But instead of looking for other planets we should rather change our mind set and conserve our own. This insert looks at the problems of over consumption and a lack of awareness regarding our environment.

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On Your Toes
The history of the making of the ballet dancer’s pointe shoe is an interesting one.
Louise Cole, a ballet dancer tells us how technology has radically changed the pointe shoe.

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On Your Toes
The history of the making of the ballet dancer’s pointe shoe is an interesting one.
Louise Cole, a ballet dancer tells us how technology has radically changed the pointe shoe.

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God versus Science
It’s been called the ‘Great Debate’ of our time. The newspapers and media are filled with articles in which scientists confront Orthodox believers - loyal Darwinians and devout Christians in heated exchanges of words. But some people are now arguing that science and Christianity don’t have to stand in opposition. This package takes a look at what some are now calling the ‘Great Illusion’ to see if scientific and religious views can be reconciled.

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The physics of a car crash
Prof Eddie Baart is a physicist at Rhodes University who presented at the 2010 SciFest on the physics of car crashes. This video shows Prof. Baart explaining how and why car crashes happen, and, with the help of driving instructor Alton Jacobs, how to avoid them.

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SIEMENS PROFILE AWARD 2010

We won!

The insert HYPERTENSION by Crapapple Productions won the 2010 student category award at the prestigious Siemens Profile Awards for excellence in journalism about science and technology in Africa.

Matt von Abo and Leila Dougan were there to collect the award on behalf of the crew

We are hoping to achieve this again next year - with the awards held in Egypt!

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Scifest 2009

Scifest Africa happened in Grahamstown from 25 - 31 March. SciTV was there to produce the following stories.

Hypertension – 5min 21s
Crabapple Productions - Azwihangwisi Mufamadi, Daniel Epstein, Leila Dougan, Matthew Von Abo

SciTV examines the “silent epidemic” effecting a quarter of the South African population. We see the work of a Grahamstown health worker and a profile of her patients.  The condition is under-diagnosed so prevention and what was a “rich man’s “ problem now effects the total population.  We explore how education is seen as the best cure.

Winner of the 2010 Siemens Profile Award for Science Journalism

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Earth Hour 2009 – 4min
Mass Productions - Alna Dall, Mathew Edwards, Jade Fernley

One billion people around the planet joined the WWF Earth Hour 2009 event to raise awareness of the impact of energy over-consumption on the planet.  sciTV covers the event and the impact it had in Grahamstown; looks at some alternative energy solutions to global power generation seen at SciFest Africa and encourages locals to change their lifestyles.

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The Skin You’re In – 4min
Under Construction Productions - Fathima Simjee, Lubabalo Dada, Michelle Solomon

Professor Nina Jablonski was one of the big names featured at this year's SciFest Africa. Her studies on skin pigmentation and its social relevance raised much debate. SciTV spoke to her and students that heard her to explore what the big deal with skin colour is anyway!

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SIEMENS PROFILE AWARD 2009

We won!

SciTV won the first student category award at the prestigious Siemens awards for excellence in African journalism about science and technology.

SciTV Executive Producer Paul Hills was presented with the award at the event in Johannesburg

Story on 1H2o.org

an investigative documentary by a RUTV4 crew was seen by the director of the Knight Center for International Media in Miami. He commissioned them to write up about the water aspectts of the story. They did a story about people moved off game farms in the Eastern Cape.

They did. Read it all here - 1H20.org

 

Heard it through the Pipeline

Lit Up Productions

The Albany Water scheme is a proposed project to provide the Sunshine Coast with water. Existing resources in the area are limited and not adequate for drinking. This becomes a major problem during the busy holiday season. Local municipalities are working together with the project managers and funders to develop the scheme. There are however, some major contentions. The scheme will rely on a complex network of pipes that carries water from the Orange River scheme to the six towns in the project. It will cost about R1 billion. Experts are concerned that more economically viable, longer term solutions have not been properly considered, particularly since the Orange River is a limited source and will probably only be able to supply the area for a period of 20 years.

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Food Crisis

FAB Productions

This 10 minute documentary centers around the current international food crisis involving grain and wheat products, and its impact on the poor. Through the story of Nomsa and her family, we see how increasing food prices have affected families and their eating habits. A discussion of the causes and wider economic impacts of the crisis help the viewer to better understand the severity of the situation. A local NGO, The Umthathi Training Centre, then help Nomsa and her family by showing how the growing of a small food garden may be one of the small ways families can cope with the problem.

Winner of the 2009 Siemens Profile Award for Science Journalism

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Scifest 2008

A Load of Garbage
(16x9 Productions)

As the price of petrol soars to new highs the average consumer is left wondering when all the alternatives to fossil fuels that scientists have been promising for decades will become available? Well, it seems that at least one alternative is available now, bio-fuel. In this insert the crew of 16x9 productions goes to speak to a local Grahamstown resident who is currently producing bio-diesel at home.  Some scientists from this year’s Sci-fest Africa, Dr A. Khan and Ms K. Masemola, tell us more about this phenonemon and explain how it is possible to produce bio-fuel from various waste streams.

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Every Breath Counts
(Lit Up Productions)

TB is a global pandemic. Every 20 seconds another person dies from TB. Our package showcases Valerie Mizrahi, an award winning TB specialist who lectured during Scifest. We expand on her scientific insights disease by giving TB a human face and exposing the reality of living with TB in East Grahamstown.  We explored the lives of a Grahamstown family who are currently on TB treatment.
Winner of the 2008 Siemens Profile Award for Science Journalism

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Exhausted
(FAB Productions)

What is climate change and how is it affecting us? These are some of the issues that were spoken about at Scifest 2008. We interviewed 3 experts on the matter to get a better idea of the problem and what we can do to help.

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Rice for Africa
(SMGS Productions)

lAgainst the backdrop of the world food crisis, Dr. Monty Jones has attempted to pioneer a possible solution. He has developed New Rice for Africa, or Nerica, a unique strain of rice, which is high-yielding, robust, high in protein and cost effective. This rice combines the traditional Africa and Asian rice strains and can withstand disease, pests, drought and soil problems. This story interrogates aspects of the world food crisis, from a retailer’s perspective, as well as an economical one, illustrating Dr. Jones’ contribution.

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Scifest 2008

Scifest 2008

For Scifest 2008 the TV3 class produced 12 profiles of post-graduate science students studying at Rhodes to give younger scholars a taste of what it is like to study at Rhodes University.
These profiles were shown in the Thomas Pringle Hall throughout the fest and can be seen on the TV3 blogs:
ghettoverit and thedaybeforefriday

Take a good look at their blogs while you are there!

 

Scifest 2007

 

The inserts below were produced over Scifest 2007

 

Global Meltdown

GLOBAL MELTDOWN
(ragingferret productions)

Global rise in temperatures are accelerating the melting of glaciers, resulting in a rise in sea level. Dr Chris Stokes of Durham University (UK) explores the process of global warming and the implications of melting glaciers worldwide.

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EcoFriendly 2010

2010
(Shot Productions)

More pollution! More waste! More harmful effects! If this
doesn't sound like the 2010 FiFA World Cup, then you are probably one of many South Africans who aren't aware of the negative impacts this event
bring.

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Gender

GENDER
(Shot Productions)

Are there biological differences between boys and girls? Professor Bruton takes us through the differences in brain structure between male and female brains. These ifferences explain some of the behavioural patterns displayed by men and women.

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Maths

MATHS
(Shot Productions)

Algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry...bored already? You shouldn't be because teachers are abandoning traditional teaching methods all in the name of making maths fun.

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PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
(Shot Productions)

Gene modification, hormone manipulation and other biological technologies is paramount to pharmaceutical and foodstuff industries in South Africa and the rest of the world. How are the lives of ordinary citizens affected by developments?

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SHAMWARI
(Shot Productions)

Looking at the animal conservation work that has been done at Shamwari Game Reserve by the Born Free Foundation.

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SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY
(Shot Productions)

South Africa is competing with Australia for hosting an international 1 billion Euro radio telescopy project in 2020 - the Square Kilometre Array. In the meantime local scientists like Dr. Adrian Tiplady are building a smaller version - the Karoo Array Telescope.

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Forensics

CRIME SCIENCE
(Rat Race Productions)

A look at how science can help bring evidence and closure in cases of murder and genocide, and how the people who practise these skills use the science to protect themselves emotionally…

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SCIENCE THRU TOYS
(Rat Race Productions)

Meet Arvind Gupta and enter the world of science through toys!

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DR MAGGIE
(Rat Race Productions)

A profile piece on Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, award winning
rocket scientist and self titled “instrumentationalist” who tries to get young children involved in careers in science when she is not busy with her satellites. She also drives a sports car…

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THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE
(Rat Race Productions)

This story follows two scientists interested in what creates the phenomenon of sound. Gillian Arendse uses physics as a framework to look at sound. Derek Fish investigates through
using musical instruments. The end of this story takes the viewer to a place where people are working in exciting ways with sound.

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HOW TO
(Rat Race Productions)

Join us on a journey to workshops held at the 2007 scifest to discover how everyday things work…

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TRIPPIN’ ON SCIENCE
(Bloomers Productions)

Trippin’ on Science follows two high school learners as they uncover the magic and myths of science at SciFest 2007.  Zane Watkins and Songezo Buvane discovered that science encapsulates so much more than men in lab coats doing experiments, but can give insight into the issues that we are faced with everyday.

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