RW James Building, University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
+27 21 650 3366
NPO Registration Number: 037-269-NPO
|What is the Free High School Science Textbook?
|The FHSST is the contribution of a group of young scientists towards furthering science education in South Africa. We aim to provide a free science textbook for Grades 10 - 12 to all South African learners.
|Visit our project administration web pages hosted on Savannah.
Computer Literacy book started!
May 14, 2005 - We have started another book, Computer
Literacy. This book will also be written exclusively on WikiBooks.
HMO want to use our content!
May 12, 2005 - Lindsay Magnus emails us asking if the
Hermanus Magnetic Observatory can us our content for their online courses:Moodle. Of course!
Biology book started!
May 1, 2005 - We have started another book, Biology. This book
will be written exclusively on WikiBooks.
Registration as NPO comes through!
March 18, 2005 - We have received official documents registering FHSST as
as Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in South Africa. This is crucial to raising money and
Lectures on the History of Mathematics content released
February 11, 2005 - G. Donald Allen released content from his series of books
Lectures on the History of Mathematics
to The Free High School Science Texts for use in our books.
All About Circuits content released
January 30, 2005 - Tony R. Kuphaldt released content from his series of books
Lessons in Electric Circuits
to The Free High School Science Texts for use in our books. This is a major contribution to the
New Visions Africa
January 25, 2005 - We received a request from New Visions Africa for visual material
(pictures etc) to accompany an article that will appear in one of their
issues featuring our project. Owing to the geographical spread of our
contributors we don't have any photos of authors hard at work :) , but we
did send our logo and the designs for the front covers of our books.
FHSST Invited to attend Access to Learning Materials in Southern Africa
January 15, 2005 - We were invited to give a presentation at the Access to Learning Materials in Southern Africa Conference being held in Johannesburg on the 24th and 25th of January. Rory Adams
will be representing the project. The presentation, in pdf format, is here.
January 6, 2005 - (I didn't manage to keep up with regular news in 2004, 2005 will be better. Here is a summary of 2004. - Mark Horner)
- went from ~100 pages of content to ~600 pages! Physics - 95% done, Maths and Chem - about 50% done
- we have restructured all the books to actually meet the syllabus requirements
- updated our website
- produced book covers, posters for the project and a logo
- attended the Shuttleworth Innovation Bazaar and this has resulted in us being asked to fill in forms to funding
from the DG Murray Trust which are due later in January
- agreed with the Shuttleworth Foundation Open Source division to co-brand our content and put
it on WikiBooks on its own bookshelf (this will happen this month). Our content will also help in their tuXlabs.
- submitted our application to be a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in SA so we can start to raise money
- were invited to attend the South African Science Festival as part of the University of Cape Town contingent
(as far as I am concerned this amounts to a public endorsement of our project)
- we have lined up volunteers for the computer science and biology books but I don't want to start these until
we have something finished.
- we also learnt a lot about how to best handle volunteers and now we make self-contained files so people
don't have to learn CVS and LaTeX, especially if they are unfamiliar with both and with Jaynie's help we've
been able to more easily convert MS Word files.
AGM held in Cape Town
September 25, 2004 - The first annual general meeting (AGM) of the non-profit organisation (NPO) we are forming, for the purposes of raising money and printing books, was held on September 23, 2004 in the RW James building on the University of Cape Town campus.