Trailblazer: David Kramer


CEO: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Why is David a Trailblazer?

David Kramer is not your average museum curator. Flying in the face of convention, he has been heralded as a modern-day pioneer at the forefront of preserving and showcasing the best that maths and science has to offer.

Thanks to David, what used to be the Electric Warehouse in Newtown, Johannesburg has been transformed into the revolutionary Sci-Bono Discovery Centre – the largest of its kind in Africa.

Characterised by hands-on exhibits, science stage shows and innovative workshops, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre provides uniquely designed “edu-tainment” for people from all walks of life.

Unlike the traditional static museum model of “look but don’t touch”, the Sci-Bono centre guarantees a tangible experience – typified by the incredible 1 200 square metre Science Tunnel.

In his own words .

“Our job is to change both attitudes and capacity in maths and science. We’ve got to get kids enthusiastic about what maths and science can do for them in the future.

Fast Facts

  • Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is comparable to similar centres across the globe, such as the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris.
  • It is aligned with national and provincial priorities and initiatives to promote science, engineering and technology among learners – particularly girls and previously disadvantaged individuals.
  • It bridges exciting contemporary science and technology, plus the numerous scientific achievements that shape our lives.
  • Sci-Bono (“bono” is the Venda word for “vision”) is primarily about interactivity.

How can I help?

Find out more about the centre and when you can visit by logging on to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre website or calling (011) 639-8400.

Story published on SAinfo on 19 June 2008.
Source: Brand South Africa