- A group of scientists have come together to make science fun
- This is through an initiative that makes them look like superheroes
- The aim is to appeal to the youth
A new group of South African superheroes has been created to inspire the youth. The heroes are scientists and the aim is to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in science.
These superheroes include Iron Heart, Interferon, The Doctor and The Eradicator. The SuperScientists initiative was launched last week and is depicted on trading cards, posters and online. The scientists share information about their research and give advice to young people to help them succeed.
The four scientists are from the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). They are Professor Thumbi Ndung’u (Interferon), Professor Nombulelo Magula (Iron Heart), Dr Emily Wong (The Doctor), and Dr Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala (The Eradicator).
The idea came from a group called CodeMakers. It is a non-profit organisation that aims to develop more scientists.
According to GoodThingsGuy.com, the founder of CodeMakers, Justin Yarrow, says that the contributions scientists make are life-changing. Their mission is to make young people appreciate and understand this.
"Superheroes are a language that young people understand but instead of looking up to a fictional character we want them to be inspired by real people with real superpowers."
Dr. Mohlopheni also added his input by saying that there are many young people with potential and he wishes to help them achieve more through this initiative.
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