The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is today launching an exciting collection of tools for learners in the country, in support of the geography curriculum at high school.
This launch is one of the initiatives SANSA and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have organised to commemorate World Space Week, an initiative of the United Nations which is celebrated from 04 -10 October annually. The theme for 2013 is 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth'.
The Fundisa School Education and Fundisa disc are set to help increase understanding of Earth observations among Grade 10-12 learners. These resources, which include a portal for students, will also help raise awareness about the value satellite imagery adds to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.
These tools are aligned to SANSA's goal of building intellectual capital through cutting-edge research, development, innovation, technology and applications in the country.
Because many schools do not have computers and computer-based GIS software, the resources will provide scenes relating to the schools' areas of interest and surrounding communities. SANSA will complement the data with material customised for FET and as much as possible align to the curriculum. By the time the learners graduate in Grade 12 they will have a greater understanding of Earth observation and can proceed to more focused studies at tertiary level.