April 2014
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FameLabSA 2014
Science Lens winners
Young, innovative and gifted
Intern receives Fellowship in Paris
Transformation in marine science
Looking for the brainiacs of yesteryear
Skies alive with space activities
Training the trainers
On your marks ... Get SET Go!
Schools debates advisory committee
Science community volunteers
The science of giving back
New science communication resource
Bringing nanotech to the disabled
Meet media guru Daryl Ilbury
Water World @ Scifest Africa 2014
Exploring marine science
Sharks, vegetables and alien fish
SAIAB cares
In the news
Upcoming events
It's a fact!

Looking for the brainiacs of yesteryear

  A group of top performers in the National Science Olympiad in London for the London International Youth Science Festival. Great contacts and memories seem to have been made at this event over the years.
SAASTA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Science Olympiad this year.

Over the years a large number of senior high school learners have participated in the competition, called the Youth Science Olympiad in earlier days. SAASTA is in the process of producing a book on the 50 years of the Olympiad for this year's celebrations, which will be launched at the National Science Olympiad award ceremony taking place in Gauteng on 3 July 2014.

Calling all past top achievers ...

We would like to make contact with all past top achievers of the Olympiad, from 1964 onwards, especially those who had the opportunity to attend the London International Youth Science Festival (LIYSF) as prize.

"It has been a fascinating task," says Ina Roos, who is on a 'treasure hunt' to find these past top achievers. She has already made contact with a number of winners, even from right back to the 1967 competition. The response from most people is that "it brings back such fond memories".

"The information is proving to be so fascinating, that it could possibly lead to an impact study of the National Science Olympiad," says Ina.

If you participated in the National Science Olympiad, and if you were one of the 'brainiacs' who won a trip to the LIYSF, or didn't win but participated and you are now a leader in your SET field, please contact Ina Roos or Daphney Molewa so that your information can be captured.