Friday, 21 February 2014

Supernova, the mag for curious kids: volume 3.3


Supernova vol. 3.3
We recently received the most wonderful compliment for Supernova yet. Jenny Crwys-Williams of Talk Radio 702 called our magazine “world class,” something to which we have been striving since the very first issue.

This, however, does not mean that we will sit back and relax, and let the magazine work for itself. We will always and forever work to our utmost ability to bring you a magazine that is not only world class, but in a class of its own – a universal class magazine – and when we reach that goal, we will strive to go beyond that even.

We will continue to search for interesting, unique topics that will whisk you away on the greatest adventures to explore our world and beyond. We will continue to source only the best local illustrators to bring your favourite magazine to life. We will not stop striving to be the best kids' mag in the universe, exploding like a supernova with awesomeness!

The current issue is no exception. Dive right in to discover the amazing mantis shrimp, ancient warriors, the human eye, Jupiter and so much more!


"A world class magazine"

Jenny Crwys-Williams, Talk Radio 702

To listen to the interview with Supernova publisher Benoit Knox, visit

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Win with Supernova magazine and 'The Nut Job'

The Nut Job
The Supernova team was lucky enough to watch the premiere of The Nut Job, an animated comedy film for kids. The film follows Surly, a mischievous squirrel and his rat friend, Buddy. Kicked out of the city park for causing havoc and putting their fellow furry friends in danger, Surly and Buddy must find a way to survive in the dangerous city of Oakton. While scavenging for food, they find a nut store and plan a complicated heist to steal the nuts, while accidentally getting tangled up in a bank robbery. With actors Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, and comedian Jeff Dunham, this is a must-see for kids who love funny, talking animals. 

Win one of two The Nut Job hampers
Stand a chance to win one of two The Nut Job hampers, including:
  • an iPad/tablet bag
  • a back pack
  • a lunchbox
  • a water bottle
  • a pencil case
You'll be the coolest kid in class! Just send your answer to the question below, along with your name, age and contact details to

What is the name of the city where Surly and Buddy must learn to survive?

The Nut Job

Review by Chrisna Prinsloo and Waldo Swart

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Science inspired birthday parties at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre presents science inspired birthday parties 
for kids aged between 3 - 12.

All birthday parties include:
• Guided tour of the centre
• 15 minute science show
• Science gift for the birthday child
• Free entrance to the centre for 50 party guests*
• Exclusive use of the birthday party venue for 2 hours
• Dedicated party co-ordinator 

Birthday parties are held at these times:
Weekdays: 14h00 – 16h00 
Weekend & public holidays: 10h00 – 12h00 or 14h00 – 16h00

*Due to health and safely regulations the maximun number of people allowed in the birthday party venue is restricted to a maximium of 50 people.


Contact Sci-Bono at 011 639 8400 or

Monday, 10 February 2014

Invitation to participate in Mathematics Week

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre warmly invites your organisation to participate in Mathematics Week taking place at the centre from 10 – 14 March 2014.

Mathematics Week aims:
•To enhance learners’ understanding and appreciation of mathematics through interactive workshops and mental mathematics challenges.
To stimulate learners interest in mathematics.

Theme: Mathematics made easy outside the classroom

Grade 4 – 7 learners (Monday – Friday) from 09:00 – 13:00

Grade 8 – 12 learners (Wednesday – Friday) from 09:00 – 13:00
If you are interested in contributing to this expo, through workshops, presentations or exhibitions please complete the attached form/s and email to on or before 28 February 2014.

NB: Learners need to bring their own packed lunch. Transport will NOT be provided and a minimal cost of R10 per learner for public schools and R15 per learner for 
private schools applies.

For reservation, please download and complete the document attached and fax to 
011 832 3360/1 or contact Siphokazi Ndzamela or Cynthia Sithole on 011 639 8400

Friday, 7 February 2014

Sequel in 'Fairyland' series now available

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland
and Led the Revels There

By Catherynne M. Valente

A restless imaginative power unlike anything else in contemporary fiction...”

The second book in the series, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is a delightful modern fairytale about the courageous September and her quest to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below.

Described as “A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairytale” by bestselling and powerfully creative author Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series introduces the young September and her breathtaking adventures to Fairyland.

It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland and she is excited to see it again, but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below... It spells certain disaster and September won't stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognises all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realise what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.

Solve the mystery and find the lost shadows... But be careful. Even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem ...

Praise for Catherynne M. Valente:
Get swept away by this charming book” Vogue
Pure escapism” Bliss
A charming modern fairytale...” Telegraph
Valente is making new myths right now, before our eyes. Don’t miss this show”
Time Magazine

About the Author
Catherynne M. Valente is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels have been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus awards. Her children's novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making debuted at #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Its sequel, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, featured at #5 on Time Magazine’s Best Fiction of 2012 list. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine.

Taiga and Neep, two Hreinn of Moonkin Hill

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Let the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente is published by Constable & Robinson and retails at R150.00. 

For more information, visit

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Afrobot 2014

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre would like to invite your school to participate in the Afrobot 2014 Provincial Tournament.

Afrobot is an amateur robotics tournament that is aimed at providing South African learners with an opportunity to get involved in a technical project within a supportive and entertaining environment.

The Purpose of Afrobot
The purpose of Afrobot is to offer learners an entertaining and friendly platform to conduct a technical project. Learners will get the opportunity to learn more about electronics, gain practical experience in basic robotics, demonstrate creativity and innovation, develop technical skills, employ a strategic mindset and promote fair play.

Afrobot 2014 Details

Target Group: Ages 8 – 18
Team members will be required to use basic electronic components and household materials to build a robot capable of stacking and building a structure.
The theme for Afrobot 2014 is Space and is entitled Lift Off!” Teams are required to stack-up rocket parts scattered on the field to assemble their space launcher and take their payload as high as possible. Teams' robots are placed on the field of play, facing each other, and will play for one minute and 30 seconds. At the end of the allotted time, the team whose rocket can reach the highest altitude in space is declared the winner by the referee.
Teams must be comprised of a minimum of three members and robots must be constructed by the team members. The team must be supported and accompanied by a senior team member, preferably an educator(s).
Teams interested in participating in this tournament will be required to attend a workshop in order to receive some materials, guidelines and details for the mock challenge and tournament, as well as the construction of their robots.
Workshop 1
Date: 08 February 2014
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 9:00am – 16:00pm
Workshop 2
Date: 15 February 2013
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 9:00pm – 16:00pm
Mock challenge
Date: 19 February 2013
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 2:00pm – 17:00pm
Date: 22 February 2013
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Time: 8:00am – 17:00pm

For further information please contact Xolane Nameka or Akash Dusrath 
on (011) 639 8448.
We look forward to your school’s participation in Afrobot 2014.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Invitation to participate in the Enquiring Minds Programme

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre warmly invites your school to participate in our Enquiring Minds Programme, taking place at the centre from 20 January 2014 to 28 February 2014. The programme is suitable for grade 1 to 3 learners.

Learners will participate in various enjoyable activities themed around: My first Chemistry class, Space and the Solar System, Water, Insect Life Cycles and Recycling. The duration of the programme will be from 9:30 to 12:00. The programme links directly to the study area 'Beginning Knowledge, and Personal and Social Well-being' of the Life Skills curriculum for foundation phase.

Your visit will include:
•1 x Workshop (Chemistry OR Space OR Water OR Insect Life Cycles OR Recycling)
•1 x Science Show OR Planetarium Show
•1 x Centre Exhibition Tour

Theme: Discovering Science
Target: Grade 1 - 3 learners

NB: Learners need to bring their own packed lunch. Transport will NOT be provided and a minimal cost of R10 per learner for public schools and R15 per learner for private schools applies.

For reservation, please download and complete the document attached and fax to
011 832 3360/1, or contact Siphokazi Ndzamela or Cynthia Sithole on 011 639 8400 or

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Nut Job


In animated 3D, 'The Nut Job' is an action-packed comedy that follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Together with his sidekick, Buddy, he will assemble a ragtag crew to help him get inside – and take them on a fun-filled adventure that they’ll never forget.

The film is directed by Peter Lepeniotis and stars the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephan Lang, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias and Sarah Gadon.

'The Nut Job' is fun for the whole family. 
At cinemas 21 February 2014!

Official film site:

Distributed by Ster Kinekor Entertainment.