TRAC South Africa is a national, non-profit Mathematics and Physical Science intervention programme of Stellenbosch University. The objective is to support and uplift Mathematics and Physical Science education in South African secondary schools. We seek to enable and inspire our science learners to take ownership for a successful future.
Operations of TRAC Points
TRAC boasts a national footprint of 19 TRAC points. More than 7 000 learners from disadvantaged communities are exposed to the TRAC program annually. In each TRAC area (point) grade 11 and 12 learners from five schools form part of the TRAC programme. The TRAC programme operates in these schools from Monday to Friday from 08:00 until 16:30. TRAC experiments for the grade 11 and 12 Physical Science curriculum, together with the associated worksheets are made available to the learners and educators who are part of the TRAC program. TRAC implements an approach of utilizing computer technology (which involves a laptop, an interface as well as sensory equipment) to enhance and simplify the execution and understanding of the practical component of the Physical Science curriculum. In the TRAC Mathematics classroom, learners are equipped with workbooks to complement the teaching and learning process.
TRAC Learner Focus
- Curriculum-based experiential Physical Science and Mathematics academic learner intervention during school terms. In addition to this revision and weekend classes are conducted.
- Focused academic intervention during school vacations;
- Vocational guidance sessions, which includes, amongst other, interviews, career testing, guidance in terms of suitable tertiary studies;
- Assistance in applying at suitable tertiary institutions;
- Assistance in obtaining funding for tertiary studies;
- Monitoring and mentoring of learner progress. A number of tests – progress, pre- and post-tests – are also written to evaluate understanding of learners.
- The concerned educator(s) is/are part of all the lessons during TRAC visits to the school.