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If you attend an Iimbovane School and are a Grade 10 Life Science learner, the research you do through Iimbovane will be contributing to the larger, long term Iimbovane project.

You will assist the Iimbovane Team to collect ants either at your school or a site near to your school during March of your Grade 10 year. The Iimbovane Team will then take the samples you helped to collect back to Stellenbosch University , where the samples will be sorted, identified and counted. Then, during the year, the Iimbovane Team will visit your school again and give you the data that you helped to collect, as well as the date from the nine other schools that collected ants during March of that year.

You can then work with the data to draw graphs and explore the information to investigate how the ant diversity changes between schools and between schools and nature reserves. You will also be able to work out which school has the highest biodiversity and which school has the lowest.

So, you will be able to look for patterns in nature, develop different hypotheses, collect your own data at your school and also explore how science works.

Remember, these are all things that you can include in your projects for your CASS for Grade 10 Life Science. You could also produce a project using the data for the ESKOM EXPO for Young Scientists.

Iimbovane means working with scientists

An objective of the Iimbovane project is to see learners and teachers interacting with scientists who do research as part of their day to day work. The aim of this process is to show learners that life science can be a very valuable and rewarding career.

Part of the rationale behind the idea of having learners work with scientists is that it also builds a sense of collaboration which is a vital part of any biological scientific research.

Do you think about the future ?

Do you ever think about what the weather will be like tomorrow, or next week, or over the weekend?

The Iimbovane project will run for at least nine years, starting in 2006. Just think; the data that you collect when you are in Grade 10 will be kept safely, so that it can be compared with the data collected in 2015. Where will you be in 2015? Will the same species of ants be collected on your old school grounds, or will there be different ants? Will the ants collected in the nature reserves in 2006 be different from those collected in 2015?

Although these questions seem to be a long way from being answered, you will be able to re-visit the Iimbovane website and find out if anything has changed.