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Educational tools

LINK Thinking about becoming a medical doctor one day? Find out about the Junior Apprentice Doctor course.

Interesting Facts

LINK It's elementary: how people, places, planets, mythical gods and the Orient have inspired the naming of the elements in the periodic table.

LINK Find out about the Seahorse - an enchanting, yet endangered little fish.

LINK Information on solar eclipses

LINK What on earth is a Solifugid? Find out. It does, in fact, inhabit the Earth.

LINK Read about the Madagascar Lemur called Sunshine

LINK Take a look at a really interesting fish.

LINK And tell us here what you want to see. This section of our magazine is yours. Mould it and shape it and set us to work. For you. 


Events, Competitions and winners

LINK Marvin to the rescue of the Starvin'. Read the award winning short story by South African teenager on the theme: "A Full Food Basket for Africa by 2020".

LINK Enter the Brain Awareness week competition

LINK Thumbs up for Biotechnology say National Science Olympiad finalists after a "Biotechnology Day" at biotechnology incubator, eGoli BIO.

LINK Eskom expo for young scientists always winners at the intel international science and engineering fair

LINK Regional haze over the Highveld project - enlisting school pupils in climate change research

LINK Find out about WYRE: Worldwide Young Researchers for the Environment 

LINK Science competitions near you. Good enough for your time this year?

LINK Who is ThinkQuest and why you should enter this science competition.


Mathematics Competitions

LINK "Olympic" medals for South African Maths Team

LINK Maths Olympiads help  you to solve problems. Improve your thinking skills and enter the maths olympiad.

LINK New book can help you prepare for Mathematics Olympiads.

LINK Amesa Mathematics Challenge.

Science resources 

LINK A new Web-based Physical Science Resource for South African Schools.

LINK Mission Science Tech - Science in Action on School TV.

LINK Star Maths - an out of this world experience!

LINK Statistics for predicting soccer results.

Budding scientists in action

LINK Two budding young scientists from Africa are the first ever Africans off to Space School at NASA in Houston, Texas!

LINK Feeling a little bored? Find out how others turned one dull day into a turning point.

LINK Young designers tackling real challenges in South Africa win SABS design awards


SA Maths Olympiads

The South African Mathematics Olympiad is organised by the S.A. Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, in conjunction with the South African Mathematical Society and AMESA.

Over 27 000 learners from 690 schools participated in this year's first round. Schools from Nambia and Swaziland also participate in this Olympiad.

The competition consists of separate papers for juniors (grades 8 and 9) and seniors (grades 10 to 12). The aim of the Olympiad is to develop mathematical talent and a postive image of mathematics amongst the youth, and to develop mathematics teachers in doing so. All learners derive benefits from the competition. The majority of learners success is measured by the fact that, because of practise done before the competition, they can solve problems, which would have been beyond their ability. By participating all learners become better problem solvers.

Schools from South Africa and other Africa countries that wants to take part, can contact:
The Organiser: S.A. Mathematics Olympiad
Private Bag X11
Tel (012) 328-5082
Fax (012) 328-5091


The names of each year's individual winners and our committee members are posted on this website, which also provides details about the competition.

Check our past question papers to test your creative thinking and to prepare yourself for the competition.

Those of you who are interested in other mathematical sites of interest will find that our links page will point you in the right direction.


Expo for Young Scientists

Winner of the 1999 National Science and Technology Forum Award for the most Outstanding Contribution to Science, Engineering and Technology


The aim of Expo for Young Scientists is to provide an opportunity for secondary school pupils to display their work, interests and activities in science and technology. Exhibitors discuss their work with judges, fellow participants and members of the public. 

Expo competitions are open to all learners in school interested in any branch of science, including mathematics, biology, technology, geography and the human sciences. 

Expo caters for learners who are interested in scientific topics beyond the requirements of the school syllabus, and provides an opportunity for them to display the products of hobbies and any other scientific or technical interests and activities.

Expo affords South African youth the opportunity to be inspired by science and technology, and to share their findings and enthusiasm with fellow learners and with the adjudicators, whose role it is to further encourage and coach.

Moreover, by arranging expositions, Expo is providing the platform on which  learners can display their work, not only spreading the message of science to others, but building communication skills and self-confidence. Participation in Expo becomes an all-round education experience.

The Quality and Commitment of Expo’s Work

All regional Expos - some with over 400 projects on display - and the national Expo Finals, at which the top projects from all the regions participate, are arranged by educators working on a voluntary basis. Over and above their teaching duties, these educators are contributing to the scientific and technological advancement of South Africa through their selfless involvement.

A number of sponsors have supported the Expo cause over the years. Their support has not only been financial, but through their involvement on the Expo Board of Directors, they have developed leadership and other qualities in the organisation. 

Practical Application / Implementation

Expo for Young Scientists operates in twenty-five regions countrywide, thus affording tens of thousands of learners active participation in science and technology projects. Eighty percent of the population is within one-and-a-half hours’ drive of an Expo centre.

Each regional Expo is organised by educators within the region, and involves a number of schools. These schools encourage their learners to prepare science and technology projects.

Many schools arrange their own mini-Expos, so that school communities can see what is being achieved by their young people. All members of families become involved in these projects, and are thus exposed to science and technology development within their homes. 

The best local projects are selected to be displayed at district or regional expositions. Learners’ ideas and innovations are in this way given a wider audience, influencing even more people. From the regions, top exhibits participate at national level, so there is interaction between the young scientists and technologists from all parts of the country.

At the National Expo Finals, held in late September / early October, the projects are judged again.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded, and projects are selected to participate in science fairs overseas.

Visit for more information as well as details of this years competition


Expo has been a member of MILSET - the International Movement for Science Fairs - since 1989, and has links with the Taiwan (R.O.C.) Schools Science Fair and the European Science Exposition. More recently Expo has affiliated to ISEF (the International Science and Engineering Fair) in the USA and WYRE (Worldwide Youth Research in the Environment) based in Germany. For the past few years, Expo has received an invitation (one of only 25 extended worldwide) to send a young scientist as a delegate to the Nobel Week ceremonies and the Swedish International Youth Science Symposium.


Worldwide Young Researchers for the Environment

"Worldwide Young Researchers for the Environment (WYRE) is a joint initiative of the German Jugend forscht foundation and Deutsche Bank AG. Its European forerunner Young Europeans' Environmental Research (YEER) was founded as early as 1990.

The WYRE Competition was held on occasion of the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany as a singular event. WYRE invited over 140 young environmental researchers from around 70 countries to compete in a world championship. In 2001 WYRE will continue to support the up-and-coming scientists and their commitment for the environment by organizing an international colloquium in Oslo, Norway in May and an international research camp at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, USA. At the research camp the young researchers can experience science at first hand, the colloquium is a basis for intensive transfer of information between scientists, representatives of industry and young researchers. The Participation in these activities has been awarded 
as a prize at the WYRE Competition. From Africa, two young researchers from Nigeria, Job Akkani and Ombolaji Vincent will take part in the International Research Camp. They won this distinguished award at the WYRE Competition for their project "Water Hyacinth as Antipollutant, Biogas and Acid-base Indicator".

For further information and contact details please refer to


Statistics is a Ball

The university of Port Elizabeth (UPE) has developed a statistical model for predicting football results and have setup and maintained this model on the UPE Statistics department homepage. They provide weekly forecasts of important South African and International soccer matches. These forecasts can be found on their Internet web page at the following address:



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