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THE PAST - An Overview of 21 Years of Research, Development and

Community Engagement

RADMASTE was founded in November 1990 in the Faculty of Science with the aim of improving the quality, relevance and accessibility of maths, science and technology education.

Insofar as science education was concerned the pathetic status of practical activities in South African school science was recognised. It was also apparent that this problem is global and thus it became a focus for RADMASTE research and development. The microscience kits were conceived by RADMASTE as a response to this pervasive problem, and between 1993 and 1995 the concept was tried out, an entrepreneur established a company (Somerset Educational) to manufacture the kits, and a PhD study on classroom implementation was completed. News of the RADMASTE Microscience kits spread rapidly and, following a meeting with UNESCO Basic Sciences Division in Paris in 1996, UNESCO established a Global Microscience Programme.

In the wake of these developments awareness of the RADMASTE Microscience kits spread like a forest fire, confirming the global need and interest. RADMASTE played a role in stimulating this interest, making conference presentations, conducting workshops, providing teacher training, and giving free global access to our worksheets and teacher guides in cooperation with UNESCO. In addition, RADMASTE has continued to develop the Microscience kits, so that there is now coverage of much that is required in chemistry, physics and biology at both primary and secondary school levels.

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THE PRESENT - Chemistry Education through Microscale Experiments

RADMASTE Microscience has recently been published!  Three members of the Microscience team (Professor John Bradley, Beverly Bell and Dr Erica Steenberg) authored a chapter on Chemistry Education through Microscale Experiments,  which has become one of a comprehensive collection of top-level contributions to the book entitled "Chemistry Education: Best Practices, Opportunities and Trends" with a Foreword by Peter Atkins.

Our Chapter (Chapter 22) provides evidence led from several different cases and countries which indicates that microscale experiments can achieve all the aims of chemistry practical work, but faster, cheaper and more safely than traditional-scale experiments. Qualitative as well as quantitative experimentation can now bring modern techniques within the reach of all.  

To find out more about this book and where to purchase it, click here




THE FUTURE - The RADMASTE Microscience Project Continues!

  • The Microscience Project operates out of the Wits School of Education.  Find the contact details here.

  • Mozambique pilot project for 10 schools in Gaza Province starting soon.

  • Development and trial of a teacher training video on using the RADMASTE Microelectricity kit in the classroom has begun.





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