Programmes & Exhibitions

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Inhouse Programmes

Grade: 4-12

Curriculum Aligned Practicals

The science centre has a fully equipped laboratory that is used for delivering curriculum based practicals, in the areas of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Chemistry. The experiments performed are all CAPS prescribed, aimed at providing supplementary support to learners.

Age: ALL


The NMBSTC has an exhibition space of approximately 3400 m2, which is divided into 8 zones with interactive exhibits in the Automotive, Energy and electricity, Games, Life sciences, Light & Optics, and Momentum areas. The exhibition area also consists of a climbing wall and construction zone. The interactive exhibits are designed to increase awareness around STEMI and support the theoretical background that is provided in the classrooms.

Age: 6+

School Tours

The school group tours 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 hands-on activities.

Age: 6-15

Holiday Programme

This programme aims to educate learners while entertaining them. The learners get to explore STEMI through fun interactive activities. The programme caters for learners from ages 5 – 16 and runs during the school holidays.

Outreach Programmes

Learner development

The outreach programme focuses on supporting poorly resourced schools to enhance the quality of education. The outreach programme delivers practical demonstrations to translate the theory learnt in the classroom to practice. The programme is facilitated during weekdays and provides support to schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

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.


Which aspects of the syllabus does the Centre assist schools with?

We specialise in practical demonstrations, particularly for Grade 10 to 12. Our practical’s are curriculum aligned as set out in the syllabus by the Department of Education. The NMBSTC works very closely with the Department of Education in ensuring that the practical’s are suited for each grade.

For the younger grades the centre develops creative, fun and hands-on activities in an effort to enlighten the learners in understanding abstract topics. The activities are curriculum aligned as set our in the syllabus by the Department of Education.

I would like to book a venue, when can the event start and end at the NMBSTC?

The NMBSTC is open to the public on weekdays from 09h00 to 16h00. Evening events are currently not catered for. Should you wish to book an event for the weekend this would have to be between 10h00 to 15h00 on Saturday only.

Do you offer job shadow opportunities?

Yes, as part of our Outreach Programme the NMBSTC offers a job shadow programme as well as an industrial visit programme. Teaming up with the top companies in the Nelson Mandela Bay District these programmes are designed to give the participant the best insight career opportunities.

Do I have to book in advance or can I just turn up on the day?

We prefer that our visitors book in advance as this assists us in ensuring that we manage the capacity of the venues and that the NMBSTC remains a safe and welcoming place to visit. There are also registrations forms that we prefer our visitors to complete and submit to us before their arrival at the NMBSTC. Should you show up on the day you will be required to complete the registration forms at reception before proceeding into the centre

How many learners can a practical session accommodate?

The NMBSTC science laboratory can accommodate up to 40 learners per practical session, depending on the type of practical that will be administered. Should you require the practical to take place at the school then as many as 60 learners can be accommodated should your school have a venue that is big enough.

What type of events can be held at NMBSTC?
The NMBSTC is available for rental for all types of events both corporate, educational and social. The NMBSTC has a 150-seater auditorium, 20-seater workshop venue, 20-seater computer lab and 3400m2 exhibition hall.
How can I arrange to go on a tour of the NMBSTC?

Tours are conducted regularly by the NMBSTC team. Head over to our bookings page for more information on how to secure a guided tour.