Natural Science Olympiad® 10 May

Overview

The aim of the Natural Science Olympiad® is to identify and nurture talent in Natural Science, Life Science and Accounting; to increase the number of learners who opt for Physical Science, Life Science, Accounting and Mathematics at high schools; and to act as a feeder for SAASTA’s National Science Olympiad for grades 10 – 12, which is now in its 53rd year.

The aim of the Olympiad is also to help learners prepare for the year’s upcoming natural science syllabus and showcase some of South Africa’s brightest young scientists in the making.

Preparation for the Natural Science Olympiad starts at the beginning of the year, when schools register for the competition and learners start preparing for the examination.

The national paper will be written on 16 May 2019. After that, the national and provincial winners, the top girl learner, the top learner per grade, and the representatives from top performing schools in the different categories visit the National Zoological Gardens and Sci-Enza Science Centre at the University of Pretoria and attend the award ceremony in Gauteng, courtesy of SAASTA.

The competition questions are designed to encourage all learners, those who love science and those who have never been exposed to the fascinating world of science, to take Physical Sciences and Mathematics at high school level and to consider a career in science, engineering or technology.

The Natural Science Olympiad will include 50% of the school curriculum

  • Please help motivate your learners to experience the thrill of competing with others from around the country in the Natural Science Olympiad as part of SAASTA’s Primary School Science Intervention (PSSI).
  • Help coordinate learners’ participation in this
    event.
  • Only learners in grade 4 – 9 may enter to compete for a range of exciting prizes.
  • Help your learners to prepare for the Natural Science syllabus.

Although the prizes are significant, most of the past participants have noted that it was participation in the Natural Science Olympiad that was most important to them as it exposed them to fascinating new knowledge.

Each learner receives a certificate with their results after the Olympaid. The following special prizes are also be given out to the following top performers:

  • Top girl learners
  • Top performing schools
  • National winners
  • Top learner per grade

Learners could win:

  • Tablets
  • iPads
  • Laptops
  • Trophies,
  • Medals 
  • Certificates

GALLERY

For more enquiries

Erna Taljaard

+27 (0)12 392 9300

Dr Nomusa Dlamini

Nomusa Dlamini is a Principal Research Scientist, specialising in food sciences and technology. She is currently the Acting Manager for the Food Safety Programme at CSIR. She has a PhD in Food Science and Technology, and also holds an MSc in Food Sciences. Dr Dlamini has over 20 years’ combined experience in research and academia. She has worked on collaborative projects with local and international partners, authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and presented at conferences and meetings.

NRF-SAASTA 2021 Olympiads & Competitions

The 2021 Olympiads and competitions will be conducted as follows:

AstroQuiz

The first round, which is at a school level, will be offered as a pen and paper examination. The second round to the last round will be done on an online platform. All teams representing schools will be requested to register and participate online.
In the second round, schools will be competing on a district level, after which schools will be informed which teams will be going through to the third level, i.e. the provincial level. The fourth round will be the national competition where each province will have one team representing their province.

Science Debates

Learners will participate on a Zoom or similar platform for all the rounds.

Natural Sciences Grades 4-6 & Life Sciences Grades 10-12

These are in the form of an examination, which will be conducted through pen and paper, on a face-to-face basis.

Natural Sciences Grades 7-9 and Physical Sciences Grades 10-12 (Online registration)

These will be conducted on a dual base, with those opting to participate in a traditional pen and paper being allowed to do so, while creating an opportunity for those who would like to participate in a pilot online competition.

Month Date Olympiad / Competition Closing date
May 27 AstroQuiz 1st Round at School Level 13 May. Please note that the entry form will be made available on 3 May.
June 21 Science Debates 1st Round at District Level Entry forms will be available on 3 May Closing date 3 June. For further information, please contact Ms Litha Masilela on <lithakazi@saasta.ac.za
July 29 AstroQuiz 2nd Round at District Level Register school team on App by 25 June.  Once round 1 has been completed, further information will be sent to participating schools.
August Science Debates 2nd Round provincial workshops For further information, please contact Ms Litha Masilela on lithakazi@saasta.ac.za
17 Natural Sciences Grades 4-6 28 May. Please note that the entry form will be made available on 3 May.
19 AstroQuiz 3rd Round at Provincial Level Organisers will inform schools which teams are going through
19 Life Sciences Grades 10-12 28 May. Please note that the entry form will be made available on 3 May.
31 Physical Sciences Grades 10-12 28 May. Please note that the entry form will be made available on 3 May.
September 2 Natural Sciences Grades 7-9 28 May. Please note that the entry form will be made available on 3 May.
3,10 Science Debates 3rd Round at Provincial Level For further information, please contact Ms Litha Masilela on lithakazi@saasta.ac.za
28 AstroQuiz 4th Round & Science Debates 4th  Round at National Level Organisers will inform schools which teams are going through

 

NOTE:

Educators should indicate on the entry forms which mode of participation they will prefer. Learners who participate on the online competition will not be compared to those participating on face-to-face bases for fairness.

All learners should be willing to participate on a pen a paper bases in case NRF-SAASTA decide not to pursue the online pilot for any undisclosed reason.

 

Erna Taljaard
Project Coordinator
Email: etaljaard@saasta.ac.za
Call +27 (0)12 392 9300