National Science Week – Speed Dating for the Brain, Garden Route Mall, George

1Turning the concept of ‘Speed Dating’ into a fun and fast-paced educational game,Capitec Bank is partnering with the Department of Science and Technology in conjunction with the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) to host an interactive exhibition showcasing the importance of maths, science and technology. The event will take place during National Science Week from 1- 3 August 2014  in George at Garden Route Mall .  Young and old, techie or computer illiterate can all relate to Speed Dating for the Brain.

Open to any member of the public at no charge, Speed Dating for the Brain is based on the well-known speed dating concept in which a bell marks the time as participants move from table to table interacting with someone else or an activity. The 20-minute game is divided into eight booths. Each participant is allowed two minutes per booth, and a new participant can enter the game every two minutes.

Activities explore areas as diverse as South African innovations and inventions, women in science, financial literacy and crystallography, which is this year’s International Science theme. The topics may be serious, but the delivery is all fun, using tablets, hands-on experiments, videos, brainteasers and even comic strips to interactively communicate the concepts.

“The most important quality of a scientist is an enquiring mind,” said  Sbusiso Khumalo, head of corporate affairs at Capitec. “Speed Dating for the Brain is a wonderful opportunity for young and old to discover how important science is to everyday life and to begin to ask the same types of questions that science, mathematics and technology strive to answer. I hope that Speed Dating for the Brain succeeds in further awakening South African interest in science and technology.”

“While Capitec Bank supports initiatives which advance quality education for youth, it’s very important to also communicate the awesomeness of maths, science and technology to adults, whose buy-in and support learners rely on in order to excel in these subjects in school,” says Kumalo. “That’s the beauty of Speed Dating for the Brain, which brings life and excitement to subjects many might otherwise find inaccessible, and appeals to all ages.”

A daily prize, consisting of a Capitec Bank hamper to the value of R500, will be awarded at each event.

For further information, contact Lolita Barends at or, telephone (021) 941-1197, fax (021) 880-1130 or mobile (083) 545 2458 

About Capitec Bank

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