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SAASTA Natural Science Olympiad 2019 : South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement

Organization : SAASTA – South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement
Competition Name : Natural Science Olympiad 2019
Applicable For : grades 10-12 Students as Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia
Competition Deadline : 8 February 2019
Exam Date : 15 May 2019 – Physical Sciences Paper
Exam Date : 16 May 2019 – Natural Sciences Paper
Prize : iPods,iPads,Laptops,Book vouchers
Website : http://www.saasta.ac.za/competitions/national-science-olympiad/

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SAASTA Natural Science Olympiad

The National Science Olympiad is one of SAASTA’s flagship projects. Since 2005, the now 53-year-old project has offered learners in grades 10-12 an exciting opportunity to compete in science with fellow learners from SADC countries such as Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

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Enter the 2019 National Science Olympiad :
** The entry fee for both the National and Natural Science Olympiads is R35.00 per learner per paper.
** Learners can enroll for either Physical Sciences or Life Sciences or both subjects
** The closing date for the entries is 8 February 2019

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The examination date will be :
** 15 May 2019 for the Physical Sciences Paper (grades 10-12) and
** 16 May 2019 for Natural Sciences (grades 4-6, 7-9) and Life Sciences (grade 10-12)
** All papers are available in both English and Afrikaans

How To Enter

** Complete the attached form and return it to SAASTA as soon as possible.
** Schools should call to confirm the number of learners entered in the Olympiad.

Tel: (012) 392 9340 or
Fax: (012) 320 7803.

** The entry fee for learners will be R35.00 per learner.
** Special arrangements can be made for schools/learners that cannot afford the entry fee. Principals should contact us for details before 01 December 2018.

Download Entry Form :
Life Science  : https://www.southafricain.com/uploads/LifeSci-.pdf
Physical Science :

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions :
Officials: Mr Ramoloi Maxalaba / Mrs Erna Taljaard
Tel: 012 392 9300/9346/9337
Fax: 086 603 4174
E-mail: scienceolympiad AT saasta.ac.za


** The National Science Olympiad will comprise of two papers, namely Physical Sciences and Life Sciences (Biology).
** Learners may choose to enter for one of the papers or both.
** Minimum of 50% of the paper will be based on High School syllabus (Grade10 to 12).


** Please help motivate your learners to experience the thrill of competing with others from around the country in the National Science Olympiad.
** Help coordinate learners participation in this event.
** Only learners in grade 10, 11, and 12 may enter to compete for a range of exciting prizes.
** Help your learners prepare by accessing Olympiad papers from previous years at saasta.ac.za (click on “National Science Olympiad”).

Price & Awards

** Over the years, prizes and awards were given to schools and learners during the Science Olympiad Award Giving Ceremony.
** During the past three years, over 30 awards in different categories have been made to deserving learners and schools each year.

Some of the main categories are :
** The Top Three National Winners
** Top Provincial Winner (Excluding Top National Winners)
** Top Girl Learner
** Top Grade 10 Learner
** Top Grade 11 Learner

** The Top Performing School Within Harmony Areas Of Operations
** The Top Learner From Sadc Schools
** The Top Learners Will attend a science focus week during September/October vacation in Pretoria

Learners could win:
** iPods
** iPads
** Laptops
** Book vouchers

** The top 100 learners from different categories will attend a science focus week during June/July vacation in Pretoria.
** A trip to attend the International Youth Science Forum in London or the Australian National Youth Science Forum

Please Note :
** All learners should be entered before the closing date.

** National Science Olympiad Life Sciences (Biology) examinations will be written on Thursday 16 May 2019 from 12:00 – 15:00 under the supervision of the teacher at the school (no need to worry about transport).

** Results and certificates are sent to schools. SAASTA will ensure that question papers are distributed to schools before the exam and collected thereafter.

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  1. Tiisetso Longwe

    I have written the life sciences Olympiad but I haven’t got my results.

  2. Pericles Gadri.

    Please, SAASTA website has recently not been working on any search engine. It always says SAASTA’s website is unsafe. Could you please look into it? Thanks!

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