AstroQuiz®

Context

The AstroQuiz™ Competition is an Astronomy-focused questions and answers competition for teams of learners. Initially founded in 2005 at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, during the National Astronomy Platform month, the competition enjoyed almost instant success and was subsequently established as a fixed annual competition that gained a national footprint. The objective of this competition is to contribute to the improvement of awareness, interest, understanding, and insight into basic astronomy, as well as, build an appreciation of and pride in South Africa’s history of science activity and achievements, amongst others.

The AstroQuiz is coordinated by the Science Education Division of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA); a business unit of the National Research Foundation.

Target

Grade 7 learners from schools based in South Africa.

Entry requirements

Educators must enter their learners (teams of four learners) on the provided registration form and email it to SAASTA on astro@saasta.ac.za

How does it work?

There will be four (4) rounds.

  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3 & 4
  • Number of questions and duration per round

Round 1 will be at school level, i.e. the learners compete amongst their own classmates. SAASTA shall email the Quiz for Round 1 to the organising educator. The educator administer the quiz at school at any convenient time and will also mark the quiz. The educator then emails the learner names and results to SAASTA.

Once SAASTA has received the results, the educator will be provided with details on how to register the school’s best team(s) for Round 2. The educator may enrol as many teams as they wish for round 2.

Round 2 will take place online. In round 2, teams are competing with other teams at a district level in their own province. SAASTA has developed an app, which the educator/learners will download to complete the quiz. The team will need a smart phone to complete the quiz. From round 2 onwards the quiz will be marked by SAASTA. Educators will be informed by SAASTA whether their team qualifies to go through to round 3. Educators can expect this notification two weeks after completion of rounds 2 and 3.

Round 3 and 4 will take place online in the same manner as round 2. After each round, the educator will be informed whether their team goes through to the next round. In round 3 the teams will be competing on a provincial level. The winning team will go through to round 4, to represent their province in the national and final competition.

All rounds consist of multiple-choice questionnaires.

Round 1 consists of 30 questions and learners are allowed 30 minutes (one minute per question) to complete this round.

Rounds 2- 4 consists of 40 questions and teams are allowed 80 minutes (two minutes per question) to complete the online quiz. Ten of the 40 questions are used in the case of a tie to determine the winning teams who will go through to the next round. On average the data that will be needed should not be more than the cost of sending 4-5 WhatsApp messages to complete each quiz.

Cost

Free entry to all participants, except for data from round 2 onwards. .

Awards

Each learner receives an electronic participation certificate at the end of Round one.
Winning teams, who go through to the next round, will also receive a certificate.

Provincial and National winners will receive prizes such as tablets and laptops. Since there will be no face-to-face quizzes in 2021, prizes will be couriered to the relevant educator at the schools. The school will then have the opportunity to present the learners with the prizes at a specific event at the schools, such as assembly or a prize giving ceremony.

Competition dates

Round Date
1 27 May
2 29 July
3 19 Aug
4 28 Sept

Resource

Contact Us

Zinzi Madiope

Zinzi Madiope

astro@saasta.ac.za

Erna Taljaard

Erna Taljaard

astro@saasta.ac.za