Who knew science & tech could be this fun?

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Anyone with a thirst for knowledge and a love of all things to do with science and technology shouldn’t miss a visit to the Rand Show’s Science & Technology hall, where families will enjoy hours of exploring and learning together.

Here’s what’s in store for visitors to the Rand Show’s Science & Technology hall, from 14-23 April 2017.

For more details on times and dates, please consult the daily schedules at the showgrounds, or look online at www.randshow.co.za.


International science education brand the Nutty Scientists brings a new interactive science show full of magical reactions and explosive fun to the Science & Tech hall. Shows take place a number of times each day.


The Wonderful World of Why is a series of brand-new interactive science workshops exclusive to the Rand Show 2017. Created by the Nutty Scientists, the Wonderful World of Why workshops are crammed with exciting, hands-on experiments that children of all ages will enjoy. These workshops will take place several times each day.


The DST-NRF Palaeosciences Centre of Excellence and the University of the Witwatersrand Evolutionary Studies Institute is creating a maze full of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, with masses of things to see and do.

Enter the maze and go dino spotting, see reconstructions of the Dracovenator or “Dragon Hunter” dino, and explore the cave of the Ape-man. Beautify yourself the traditional way using African make-up, see how fossils and other evidence explain climate change, and then finish up doing dinosaur jigsaw puzzles, digging in a sand-pit for fossil bones, and solve simple puzzles and riddles based on the exhibits in the maze.


Enjoy an out-of-this-world experience as you explore outer space in Edudome’s mobile inflatable planetarium. Choose from several fascinating shows that cater to everyone from toddlers up, and cover the wonders of the universe from solar and lunar eclipses, black holes, galaxies and space exploration, to the phases of the moon, how the sun was formed, and travelling to the moon.

Come back as many times as you like and see if you can watch them all. Starting at 10 am, there will be shows every day throughout the day, with the last show at 6 pm.


Step into an exciting world of gaming with Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and PlayStation. Rand Show visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the multiple universes of several LEGO video games, including the very latest release in the LEGO universe … LEGO City Undercover.

In the PlayStation zone, choose from Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, Ratchet & Clank, racing game DRIVECLUB, and a number of other child-friendly games, while older kids (and young-at-heart adults) can try the very latest and coolest in PlayStation gaming technology: PlayStation Virtual Reality (VR).


Why wait for a photo when you can take a picture and get a beautiful colour print on the spot? Get your photo taken at the Fujifilm stand to experience the instant gratification that comes with owning a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, Mini 70 and Mini 90 instant camera.

And if you fill in an entry form at the stand, you could be the lucky winner of one of seven funky Instax Mini 8s, which Fujifilm is giving away over the course of the Rand Show. Over the Easter long weekend and on the last three days of the Rand Show, there’s a camera a day up for grabs, so be sure to get your name into the draw.

Fujifilm will also be showcasing the science and technology at work behind a camera lens.


The coolest tech space in Africa is bringing a little corner of itself to the Rand Show. Wits University’s recently launched Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is an amazing, state-of-the-art facility in Braamfontein where digital innovation partnerships happen, and where skills and innovation in the digital world are promoted.

At its first appearance at the Rand Show, Tshimologong will be running a programme of exciting events, including “Coding Hour”, where kids can learn how to write their own software, and “Build an App”, where visitors can work on developing their own app.

There’ll be mini ‘hackathons’, doing science experiments using the fun equipment from Wits University’s Radmaste Centre, and “make sessions” where visitors will learn more about 3D printing, virtual reality (VR), and the Internet of Things.

Tshimologong will also have a games and VR entrepreneur showcase from Maxum Digital incubator, and will host talks and demos from partners, including a talk on Cisco’s Internet-of-Things car. A number of innovators and entrepreneurs who have won some of Tshimologong’s Challenge competitions will also show off their inventions.


The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) will be showcasing the latest technology and innovative experiments coming from its various faculties. Come and watch demonstrations of the university’s 3D printing technology, and learn how to design and print anything using VUT’s entry-level 3D printers. Visitors can also learn more about the technology coming out of VUT’s Engineering and Applied Science departments.


SAASTA, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, along with other National Research Foundation (NRF) facilities, has several engaging activities lined up for visitors.

One of these is SciQuest, a fun hands-on exhibit that demonstrates different concepts in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Explore spatial perceptions, problem isolation and solving, and mathematical skills as you try to solve these challenging yet entertaining problems.

Get fired up about hydrogen and fuel cells with activities from HySA. Come and drive a small hydrogen fuel cell car, and learn all about hydrogen fuel cell technology, which appears to be the perfect way to generate clean electricity.

SAASTA will also be presenting an interactive astronomy presentation in its mobile planetarium. The presentation, A Journey to Space, covers basic astronomy concepts, entertaining audiences while they discover space and learn the science of the birth and death of stars.


If you’re proudly South African, don’t miss the Great South African Inventions exhibition, brought to you by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement’s (SAASTA).

This fascinating exhibition is a collection of the ground-breaking achievements of South African inventors and innovators from ancient to modern times. From the CAT scan, and dolos which prevent erosion of coastlines, to prepaid airtime, Pratley Putty and the Kreepy Krauly … these are just some of the remarkable ideas which South African minds have thought up.

ABSA IS ReadyToWork

Young people attending the Rand Show will have the opportunity to be registered in the Science & Tech hall for the ReadytoWork programme. The ReadytoWork programme is a free e-learning course developed by Absa to assist young people in preparing themselves for the world of work or self-employment.

There are four modules to complete comprising of valuable soft skills designed to provide a young person with the foundation to becoming a better employee or business owner. To register for the programme or for more information, visit www.readytowork.absa.co.za


The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), together with key technology partners, will be showcasing and practically demonstrating innovative energy-efficient and renewable-energy technologies at the show. 


The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), in its quest to build an agricultural economy which is modern, transformed, innovative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly, will be displaying a range of innovative technologies on improving agricultural yield, and showcasing the best ways of managing the environment.

GDARD will also be giving free seminars on agricultural, veterinary and environmental matters.

Some of the areas which GDARD will be highlighting at its stand are: the Gauteng Environmental Management Framework (GEMF) zones; Gauteng Agricultural Potential Atlas (GAPA IV), a tool GDARD uses for decisionmaking; Agri-Parks; Innovation Hubs; Compliance and Enforcement; and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

There’s certainly enough in the Science & Technology hall to keep families exploring and learning together for hours. Once you’re done however, be sure to enjoy the rest of the top-class entertainment the Rand Show has to offer this year.

South Africa’s biggest consumer expo is the only show to offer attractions covering everything from sport, motoring and military, to design, animals, gardening, health and beauty … there’s an entire day out for the whole family packed into each Rand Show ticket.

Visit www.randshow.co.za to find out about what’s on this year at the Rand Show.


The Rand Show runs from Friday, 14 April to Sunday, 23 April 2017, from 9 am to 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm), at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec (GPS – S26°14.484′ E27°58.510). There is ample secure paid parking at the venue, with visible policing.

Rand Show tickets at the gate cost R150 for adults, R50 for pensioners, R50 for 13-16 years, R20 for 6-12 years, and under six enter free. Midweek specials for Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April only are R75 for adults, and R20 for 13-16 year olds. Open-air parking is R20 per car. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. Tickets give access to a wide variety of entertainment attractions, but exclude rides on the helicopter and monorail, drifting, bagjumping, the fun fair, and refreshments and food.

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