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From Spotted Cats to Hairy Ants!
Book donation boosts Iimbovane ant project
Biodiversity training from a learner’s perspective
Iimbovane impresses Touwsrivier Primary’s aspiring scientists!
So, how do I become an “Ant-ologist”? Iimbovane inspires future scientists
Exciting news in the “Ant World”!
Iimbovane team sparks interest in biodiversity science at careers expo
Learners experience ‘biodiversity in action’ with Iimbovane
C·I·B and Iimbovane Take a Girl Child to Work
SANPark junior rangers get “ant-wise” with Iimbovane
Iimbovane treats visitors with award-winning workshop at Scifest Africa 2016
Iimbovane welcomes new team member
Iimbovane participant catches the eye of the press
Getting the message across: The Iimbovane Outreach Project
Iimbovane gives career guidance to Overberg learners
All things bright and beautiful - Iimbovane showcases careers in biodiversity science
Experiencing life in a laboratory with Iimbovane
Iimbovane trains young biodiversity enthusiasts
Vusisizwe learners are Big on Biodiversity
Former Iimbovane participants continue with science at SU
Grade 10 Life Science learners are scientists for a week
A is for Ants…Home-scholars get ant-smart the Iimbovane way
Iimbovane workshop a hit with Hermanus learners
Sugar Ant schools receive teaching equipment from Iimbovane
Former Iimbovane participant to study B.Sc at Stellenbosch University
Iimbovane learners take award at International Science Fair
Iimbovane schools ace data analyses exercises
Iimbovane encourages learners from Overberg
Iimbovane opens up world of biodiversity to scholars
American educators enthused by Iimbovane
Cape Winelands educators receive valuable biodiversity lessons from Iimbovane
Iimbovane expertise inspires award-winning study
Iimbovane ant data contributes to scientific publication
Iimbovane welcomes Melanie!
Iimbovane learners take to the field ...
Minister Pandor excited about Iimbovane
Basic microscopy training for Iimbovane learners
Iimbovane engages learners at WCED Science Expo in the Overberg District
Iimbovane learners contribute to international barcoding project
Iimbovane ant project treats learners at Scifest Africa 2011
Better, Best Biodiversity!
Something for the educators: Iimbovane at the Cape Town Science Centre Educator Forum
AfriSam awards funding to the Iimbovane Outreach Project
Iimbovane geared up for 2011!
Iimbovane represented at the WfW National Teachers Conference
“Ant-spired” learners at 2010 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists
Iimbovane Sugar Ant Schools get a week “jam-packed” with biodiversity!
Iimbovane puts the “life” back into life sciences for science educators
Eager ant collectors receive their data
USA educators learn from Iimbovane
Iimbovane ant project receives money to expand their colony
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From Spotted Cats to Hairy Ants! Print

The Cape Leopard Trust is, a well-known non-governmental, non-profit organisation that focuses on innovative research, conservation and education projects, all established to facilitate and promote biodiversity conservation (https://capeleopard.org.za/about).  It was co-founded by Dr Quinton Martin. Sharing the same funder as Iimbovane, Rand Merchant Bank- we decided to join forces and see what we can learn from each other’s holiday programs. The month of July saw the first collaborative activity between Iimbovane and the Cape Leopard Trust.

 

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Book donation boosts Iimbovane ant project Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project has received a generous donation of books, which will be used to help in the teaching of biodiversity science to the high school learners.

The donation of 50 copies of the first ever guide to ants of southern Africa, was made possible by the Mapula Trust and the author, Peter Slingsby. While Peter is well renowned for his maps, he is also an avid ant enthusiast and author of several books on rock art of the southern Cape and Cederberg.

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Biodiversity training from a learner’s perspective Print

After her first encounter with an Iimbovane workshop at Scifest 2017, Ayla van der Merwe, a Gr.10 learner from St Patricks Christian Brothers' College (Kimberly) came to visit the Iimbovane Outreach Project for two weeks as a volunteer to experience life as a scientist.

During her visit she was part of the Big on Biodiversity holiday program presented by the Iimbovane project team.

At the end of her stay with Iimbovane Ayla gave a summary of her experience:

 
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Iimbovane impresses Touwsrivier Primary’s aspiring scientists! Print

On Friday the 17th February 2017, eleven intrepid pupils from Touwsrivier Primary School’s Science and Maths Club joined Iimbovane for a short workshop, at Stellenbosch University.  The pupils ranged in age from twelve to fourteen.

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So, how do I become an “Ant-ologist”? Iimbovane inspires future scientists Print

From the eleventh to the fourteenth of March this year, the Iimbovane team could be found at the Albany Museum, in Grahamstown. Here they facilitated their “Awed by Ants” workshop, chosen as one of close to 80 workshops to present at this year’s SciFest Africa – South Africa’s largest national science festival.

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Exciting news in the “Ant World”! Print

In a few short days, a new ant book will be available on the shelves! In his book, titled “Ants of Southern Africa”, Peter Slingsby took years of one of his pet passions in life to the next level, and complied this insightful book.  It will be the first ever published field guide of Southern African ants.

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Iimbovane team sparks interest in biodiversity science at careers expo Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project was amongst a flock of exhibitors that were hosted at the SANBI Harold Porter Botanical Garden and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) on the 11th August 2016 for the annual Biodiversity Careers Expo 2016.

This annual event aims at showcasing careers in biodiversity and environmental sciences for Grade 10 Life Science learners from schools in the Overberg District. The garden and venue were vibrant with nearly 260 learners who took part in the event.

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Learners experience ‘biodiversity in action’ with Iimbovane Print
The Western Cape has a lot to boast about when it comes to biodiversity, and who better than the youth who will be protecting it one day! In support of this, the Iimbovane Outreach Project hosted a “Big on Biodiversity” workshop at Stellenbosch University between the 27th June and 1st July 2016. The aim of the workshop was to engage Grade 10, Life Science learners in biodiversity science and to make it practical with hands-on investigations.

The workshop was attended by 32 learners from 13 schools across the Western Cape.

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C·I·B and Iimbovane Take a Girl Child to Work Print

On the 26th May 2016 the DST-NRF Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) and the Iimbovane Outreach Project participated in the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work initiative.

This initiative aims at providing young girls with information to equip them for making better, informed choices about the career choices. This year marks the 14th year since the inception of this initiative. The C·I·B and Iimbovane are regular participants in this annual event that supports the need to expose girls to the reality of the work environment.

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SANPark junior rangers get “ant-wise” with Iimbovane Print

Ants play important roles in ecosystems, yet they often go unnoticed by visitors to the park and field rangers. To raise awareness of the importance and diversity of these tiny insects, the Iimbovane Outreach Project presented a training session for SANParks junior rangers in the Karoo National Park.

The session, titled “Amazing Ants of Karoo National Park”, gave the junior rangers an overview of the significant role that ants play in ecosystems and how scientists identify different species. The session also introduced the junior rangers to sampling methods, and through trying each method the rangers came to see the advantages and limitations of each method.

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Iimbovane treats visitors with award-winning workshop at Scifest Africa 2016 Print

Did you know that ants have hair on their bodies? Or that some species build underground cities which go as deep as 8 meters deep? These were among the fascinating facts that were part of hands-on workshop entitled “Antastic!” held at Scifest Africa 2016 by team members of the Iimbovane Outreach Project.

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Iimbovane welcomes new team member Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project has added a new member to their growing team. The newest member of the team, Londiwe Msomi, will take the role of Education Outreach Officer. 

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Iimbovane participant catches the eye of the press Print
Leonne Adams, a  Stellenbosch University student, who has joined Iimbovane on various occasions (see article: Former Iimbovane participant to study B.Sc at Stellenbosch University), shines again.
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Getting the message across: The Iimbovane Outreach Project Print

The Iimbovane team tells Quest readers how ants are being used to teach learners about biodiversity...

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Iimbovane gives career guidance to Overberg learners Print

The Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) Careers Expo is always a highlight on the Iimbovane Project’s calendar.  2014 was no exception and Iimbovane was there in full force – visible, active and interacting with learners from the Overberg education district.

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All things bright and beautiful - Iimbovane showcases careers in biodiversity science Print

Both marine and terrestrial, science and conservation, fauna and flora, the whole spectrum of nature’s beauty was displayed at the annual Biodiversity Careers Expo held on the 6th August 2015 at Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, Betties bay. Here, Iimbovane’s display of microscopes and insects certainly attracted the attention of many.

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Experiencing life in a laboratory with Iimbovane Print

While most other Maties students were off on their summer holidays, two hardworking BSc undergrads decided to stick around campus to do holiday work with Iimbovane Outreach Project.

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Iimbovane trains young biodiversity enthusiasts Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project recently hosted another Big on Biodiversity workshop, aimed at Grade 10 learners. On Wednesday 2 July 2014, the Iimbovane team welcomed 15 nervous learners from various schools in Cape Town area.

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Vusisizwe learners are Big on Biodiversity Print
While most Grade 10 learners were on holiday, a group of 15 learners from the Vusisizwe Secondary School, in Worcester, started the school holiday by attending a workshop to learn more about South African biodiversity.
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Former Iimbovane participants continue with science at SU Print

One of the aims of Iimbovane is to encourage learners, especially female learners, to consider biological sciences as a field of study and ultimately as a career. Throughout their participation in the Iimbovane Outreach Project, the learners interact with scientists during regular schools visits and learnerworkshops.

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Grade 10 Life Science learners are scientists for a week Print

Twenty Grade 10 Life Science learners from no less than six different schools across the Western Cape region participated in the Iimbovane Outreach Project’s 4th annual winter week held at Stellenbosch University from the 9-12 July 2013.

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A is for Ants…Home-scholars get ant-smart the Iimbovane way Print

In April 2013 the Iimbovane Outreach Project hosted, in collaboration with the Table Mountain National Park’s Environmental Education Programme, two workshops for a group of home-schooled learners.

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Iimbovane workshop a hit with Hermanus learners Print

The Iimbovane project team recently held a workshop for the Grade 10 learners of Hermanus High School in Hermanus.

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Sugar Ant schools receive teaching equipment from Iimbovane Print

The empowerment of life science educators and their learners through the donation of teaching equipment is a central part of what the Iimbovane Outreach Project does.

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Former Iimbovane participant to study B.Sc at Stellenbosch University Print

One of Iimbovane’s aims is to inspire learners, especially girl learners, to consider tertiary studies and careers in the field of life sciences.

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Iimbovane learners take award at International Science Fair Print

Two Iimbovane learners recently walked away with a special award at the 2012 International Science Fair with their project on ants. The learners were awarded by the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) for the Best Project in the Environmental Studies Category (Senior).

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Iimbovane schools ace data analyses exercises Print

This year 2012 has been infused with more visual experiences than ever before for Iimbovane learners. First it was data collection in March whereby learners not only collected ant data from their school grounds but many also went along with the project team to nature reserves and national parks. For most learners, it was a new experience to be in such close proximity to untamed nature.

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Iimbovane encourages learners from Overberg Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project team was present at the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Overberg Science Expo held at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay on Friday the 3rd of August 2012.

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Iimbovane opens up world of biodiversity to scholars Print

As part of the Iimbovane Outreach Project’s goals to improve the understanding of biodiversity among high school learners, the project hosted a five-day learner workshop for selected learners from their partnership schools.

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American educators enthused by Iimbovane Print

On Wednesday, 4 July 2012, the Iimbovane project team hosted a group of visitors from the Global Environmental Teachings (GET) Programme.

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Cape Winelands educators receive valuable biodiversity lessons from Iimbovane Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project inspired educators during a recent educator workshop at the 3rd Annual Cape Winelands Environmental Expo & Youth Conference.

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Iimbovane expertise inspires award-winning study Print

In a spin off from the Iimbovane Outreach Project, it became clear that the project not only inspires high school learners but also young post graduate students.

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Iimbovane ant data contributes to scientific publication Print

Data collected by the Iimbovane Outreach project contributed to an recent article that was published in the scientific journal, PLoS One. The paper titled, The Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes do not have exceptional local ant richness, investigated the species richness of local ant communities in the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes.

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Iimbovane welcomes Melanie! Print

Melanie de Morney was recently appointed as an Assistant Technical Officer for the Iimbovane Outreach Project. melanieAfter completing her BSc degree (Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology) at the University of the Western Cape, she worked as an intern at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). She is passionate about animals and conserving the environment so Iimbovane is the perfect organisation for her to spread her wings in the field. Melanie will be assisting with collecting samples, outreach and contributing to the reference collection by identifying the ant species found.

 
Iimbovane learners take to the field ... Print

On the 22nd February, the Iimbovane project team set out on their first sampling event of 2012. With a Toyota packed with field equipment and supplies, the team travelled up the N1, N2 and N7 to visit secondary schools where Grade 10 learners helped the project team with the collection of ants.
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Minister Pandor excited about Iimbovane Print
It is not often that one gets to meet a high profile personality but the Iimbovane project team was recently honoured when the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms. Naledi Pandor visited their laboratory on 21 February 2012 to engage with the Iimbovane team.
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Basic microscopy training for Iimbovane learners Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project held a training session for learners from one of their partnerships schools, to help these learners develop microscopy skills.

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Iimbovane engages learners at WCED Science Expo in the Overberg District Print
Iimbovane took part in this year’s Science Expo that was held on Friday 5th August 2011 at Swartberg Primary School. Several schools from the Overberg district were also present at the Expo and they showcased  their projects which consisted of interesting topics such as recycling, human sense of smell, how to keep cut flowers fresher for longer; just to name but a few.
The Iimbovane project, which aims at monitoring ant biodiversity, was first in line to present their talk entitled Backyard Biodiversity.  Learners were thrilled to learn that ants play a vital role in our ecosystem and that some species can even be used as food by humans! The talk was followed by an exhibition of various ant species from the project. This exhibition gave learners the opportunity to view specimens under the microscope, ask questions and interact with Iimbovane team members.  Assisting at our exhibition stand was Paulette Fortuin, a Grade 10 learner from Swartberg Secondary School which is one of Iimbovane’s participatory schools.
“It’s always a pleasure to have Iimbovane around. Our Life Science learners have benefitted immensely from your involvement at our schools. Do keep it up and we hope to see you again in the nearest future” said Mr Heinrich Adonis, WCED Curriculum Advisor for Life Sciences of the Overberg District, who has been involved with Iimbovane from his teaching days at Emil Weder Secondary School.
Iimbovane took part in this year’s Science Expo that was held on Friday 5th August 2011 at Swartberg Primary School. Several schools from the Overberg district were also present at the Expo and they showcased  their projects which consisted of interesting topics such as recycling, human sense of smell, how to keep cut flowers fresher for longer, to name but a few.
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Iimbovane learners contribute to international barcoding project Print

The data collected in the Iimbovane Outreach Project has many potential uses in biodiversity or conservation biology. It gives the baseline on which other projects can build.

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Iimbovane ant project treats learners at Scifest Africa 2011 Print

Did you know that ants have hair on their heads? Or that some species of ants loot the eggs of other ant species, bringing them back to their own nests and then forcing them into slavery? These were among the fascinating facts that were part of hands-on workshop entitled “Antastic!” held at Scifest Africa by team members of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology’s Iimbovane Outreach Project.

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Better, Best Biodiversity! Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project held a fun but educational training session for 22 learners during this year’s Standard Bank Mathematics and Science Week. The workshop entitled “Better, Best Biodiversity!” took place on the 30th March 2011.

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Something for the educators: Iimbovane at the Cape Town Science Centre Educator Forum Print

Following a request from the Cape Town Science Centre, the Iimbovane project presented educators from schools in the Cape Town Metropole with a workshop on ant diversity and its applications in the classroom.

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AfriSam awards funding to the Iimbovane Outreach Project Print

The Iimbovane Outreach Project, an initiative of the Centre for Invasion Biology, which aims to educate school learners about biodiversity and environmental change by using ants as indicator species, has received a very generous grant from AfriSam to continue their work in Western Cape schools.

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Iimbovane geared up for 2011! Print

With a team buzzing with energy and learners with endless enthusiasm, the Iimbovane Project is looking forward to a year filled with fieldwork, fun and new discoveries!

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Iimbovane represented at the WfW National Teachers Conference Print

The 2nd National Teachers Conference organized by Working for Water Programme (WfW) was held in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, from the 28th of September to 1st of October 2010 and the Iimbovane Outreach Project was invited to showcase their work.

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“Ant-spired” learners at 2010 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Print

Two learners participating in the Iimbovane Outreach Project were selected to present their science project at this year’s regional competition of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

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Iimbovane Sugar Ant Schools get a week “jam-packed” with biodiversity! Print

The last week of the school winter holiday was the time for learners from the Iimbovane Sugar Ant Schools to visit the Iimbovane ant laboratory to learn more about the wonderful world of ants. From the 4th July to 9th July 2010 seventeen Grade 10 learners from various schools in the Western Cape visited the laboratory.

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Iimbovane puts the “life” back into life sciences for science educators Print

The year 2010 had an early start for life science educators taking part in the Iimbovane outreach project, with an invigorating hands-on workshop that was held on the 7th – 8th January. The workshop was aimed at educators who recently joined the project, including those from five new schools who joined the project in 2009. Several of the schools will implement the project with little support from the project team and it was therefore essential that educators be trained on utilising the tools of the Iimbovane starter kit and the know-how to sustain the project at their respective schools.

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Eager ant collectors receive their data Print

After four long months of never-ending washing, sorting and identifying ant species, the Iimbovane project team was once again ready to tackle the road for the annual data handover event. The data handover took place from the 14th to the 27th of August 2009.

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USA educators learn from Iimbovane Print

Is it Linepithema humile or Tetramorium quadrispinosum? This was the question that teachers had to resolve during a recent visit to the Iimbovane laboratory. On Thursday, 02 July 2009, twenty-two science educators from various schools in the United States of America and South Africa visited the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) as part of the Global Environmental Teachings (GET) Programme 2009. The group from the USA arrived in South Africa on 22 June 2009 to share ideas and learn from environmental education initiatives in South Africa.

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Iimbovane ant project receives money to expand their colony Print

Project team members of the Iimbovane: Exploring South African Biodiversity and Change Outreach Project are celebrating a generous grant from Rand Merchant Bank that will allow them to bring Iimbovane to more schools in the Western Cape.

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