University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa has engaged over 200 secondary school students from 55 schools in problem-solving skills through the institution’s second instalment programme tagged Wits Integrated Experience (WitsIE).
According to Wits News, the training of those students from schools in Gauteng, which was a short course with the help of the five faculties of Wits, involved using a multidisciplinary approach.
During the training, students investigated a predicted imminent impact of an asteroid close to Johannesburg.
Before briefed on the parameters of the possible catastrophe, students were introduced to meteorites and impact craters.
The learners spent seven weeks coming up with creative Response Plans.
Meanwhile, the presentations of the learners were described by Zodwa Ndebele from the Schools Liaison Office as extraordinary.
Ndebele said, “They were innovative, solution-oriented creative, and brilliant.
“Learners showed that they are thought leaders, future leaders and so much more,” said Ndebele, who also praised Greenside High School and Lebohang Secondary School and all those who took part in WitsIE 2023.
One learner, Bontle Vanessa Mohlala, a Grade 11 student from Lebohang Secondary School, expressed, “As a team, we were able to communicate regularly and come up with a solution to the problem that we were investigating.”
“The programme has impacted our lives greatly. Now we know how different faculties can solve certain problems,” Mohlala said.
six schools came out as winners of the Response Plan Challenge with two schools securing the top positions in each of the first, second and third spots.
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