Organization : SAASTA – South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement
Competition Name : National Science Olympiad 2017
Applicable For : grades 10-12 Students as Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia
Prize : Tablets, Ipods, Digital Cameras, Laboratory Equipment For Schools
National Science Olympiad 2017 :
** The National Science Olympiad is one of SAASTA’s flagship projects. Since 2005, the 51-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.
Related : SAASTA Natural Science Olympiad 2017 : www.southafricain.com/7257.html
** The competition comprises an annual examination in science (Physical and Life Sciences). The top national performers win all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum and the Australian National Youth Science Forum.
** The main aim of the competition is to identify talent, to encourage excellence in science education and to stimulate interest in the sciences. It seeks to inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology.
** Traditionally, during June/July vacation, a group of 100 learners who excel or demonstrate potential in the Olympiad examination, are invited to participate in a Science Focus Week consisting of stimulating lecturers, excursions, industry visits and other fun events.
** Learners from different categories who demonstrated exceptional performance are selected to attend the London International Youth Science Forum during July/August and another group to attend the Australian National Youth Science Forum in January of each year.
** During the focus week a high profile Award Giving Ceremony is organised and key stakeholders from Government, Science Councils, and the Business sector are invited. Next year the National Science Focus Week will be during the June/July vacation and a high profile Award Giving Ceremony will be held on the last week of June.
Enter the 2017 National Science Olympiad :
Four easy steps to enter :
** Complete the entry form and return it to SAASTA as soon as possible.
** Schools should call +27 (0)12 392 9340 to confirm the number of learners entered in the Olympiad.
The entry fee for learners before :
01 October 2016 is R15.00
02 December 2016 is R20.00
31 January 2017 is R25.00
** Special arrangements can be made for schools/learners that cannot afford the entry fee.
Prizes and 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 :
** Top five national learners per stream (Physical Science and Life Science)
** Top learner from a previously disadvantaged school per stream (Physical Science and Life Science)
** Top girl learner per stream
** Top girl learner from a previously disadvantaged school per stream
** Top learner per grade per stream (Grade 10 and 11)
** Top learner from SADC countries (Namibia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho)
** Dinaledi schools with the most participants
** School with most participant (excluding Dinaledi School)
** Top three best performing schools
** Top three best performing previously disadvantaged schools
Learners could win :
** R200 book vouchers
** Lab equipment
** A trip to attend the International Youth Science Forum in London or the Australian National Youth Science Forum