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About Us

The R30 million Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre was launched in March 2013. Located in the heart of Uitenhage’s central business district, the centre is a ground-breaker in its own right, being the first standalone science centre not part of an institute of higher learning in the Eastern Cape. Programmes at the centre are designed to build enthusiasm and an affinity for science, technology and mathematics through fun and interactive engagements. Here learners discover the daily applications of science, technology and mathematics in their communities. It is intended that learners should begin to see these subjects as fun and enjoyable with the hope that they will continue with them until the end of their high school years. Besides these internal programmes, the centre offers schools and learners the opportunity to be exposed to science and technology initiatives such as Scifest, National Science Week, the FameLab Competition, as well as other science and career expos.

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The NMBSTC operates in a facility that has a 150-seater auditorium, a fully equipped lab, a computer room, and various other venues which include our themed exhibitions. The Centre thrives on offering fun and interactive curriculum engagements with schools through in-house and outreach programmes that help learners discover the daily applications of STEMI in their communities.

Exhibit With Us At The NMBSTC

The NMBSTC has an exhibition space of approximately 3400 m2, which is divided into 8 zones with interactive exhibits in the following areas: Automotive, Energy and Electricity, Life sciences, Momentum, Games, and light and optics. The area also consists of a climbing wall and construction zone for kids. The interactive exhibits are designed to increase awareness around STEMI and support the theoretical background that is provided in the classroom.



Provides learners a variety of topics with interactive demonstrations at the Centre utilising resources such as the laboratories.


Focusses on supporting previously disadvantages schools with learners who have limited or no access to resources


Educate learners while entertaining them. The learners get to explore science, technology and mathematics.


We have an exhibition space of about3400 m2, which is divided into 8 zones with various interactive exhibits. 


School Tours

The school group tours are part of the inhouse programmes and cater for all grades. These tours expose learners to the “why” and “how” of science through a variety of activities, such as science shows, workshops and interactive exhibits.

Science Club

The science club is an afterschool programme which serves as a support base for learners wishing to participate in educational science events. The science centre prepares the learners for competitions, such as Eskom expos, Science Olympiads, Maths Olympiads, science debates and other competitions.

Career Support

The science centre exposes learners to career opportunities which exist within the STEMI related sectors, this is done through exhibitions, job shadow programmes. The science centre also hosts annual focus weeks where learners are assisted with application forms for academic admissions, bursary and funding application.

Special Events

The science centre is involved with other events, such as the National Science Week, Scifest Africa, Eskom Expo for Young Scientists and many more, that aim at exposing learners from under resourced schools to STEMI activities in partnership with SAASTA and the National Department of Science and Innovation.

Furthermore, the Centre continued to forge important partnerships with role-players within the education and STEMI sectors. In this regard, the Centre is currently developing and expanding a Chemistry Laboratory to cater to the growing demand of learners and educators.


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