TRAC South Africa is a national, non-profit Physical Science intervention programme of Stellenbosch University. The objective is to support and uplift science, applied mathematics and technology education in South African secondary schools. We seek to enable and inspire our science learners to take ownership for a successful future.
Partnership with Stellenbosch University
In Stellenbosch the TRAC laboratory was established as an entity within the Institute for Transport Technology, (ITT). The latter had the benefit of linking to the academic institution and having student interns that could serve as mentors to school learners using the TRAC system. The TRAC Head Office functions from within the Department of Civil Engineering, with all staff members appointed by the institution. TRAC has been a flagship programme of the Stellenbosch University since 2008.
Operations of TRAC Points
TRAC boasts a national footprint of 21 TRAC points. More than 7 000 learners from disadvantaged communities are exposed to the TRAC programme annually. In each 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.
- Curriculum-based experiential Physical Science and applicable 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.