Welcome to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the beautiful coastal city of
Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and George in the Southern Cape.
Driving into the future
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University took its research – in the form of a Nissan Leaf electric car – to Alexander Road High School this week.
Science Club members including (see above from left) Thandokazi Magopheni, Lukhanyo Somlota, Norma-Jean Leo, Carys Bailey, Dean Glennie and Science teacher Cronje Oosthuizen were joined by eNtsa’s Nadine Marupen, Hiten Parmar and Francois Sharp for a breakfast and presentations attended by 160 learners.
The visit formed part of the school’s Mole Day, as practiced in the United States, Australia, Canada and elsewhere to celebrate interest in chemistry, and part of the University’s on-going initiative to take science to the community.
The electric car forms part of NMMU’s uYilo project to establish what is needed to introduce such vehicles to South Africa en masse.
Dr Rust and Mr Parmar did two presentations on the chemistry behind batteries and electrical vehicle development in the country and overseas. Learners were also given the opportunity to experience the silent electric vehicle first-hand.