Welcome to the National Science Olympiad


The DST (Department of Science & Technology and DoE (Department of Education, in partnership with SAASTE (South African Association of Science & Technology Educators) recognise the OLYMPIADS as a part of their Youth into Science strategy, and encourage all learners to participate in Olympiads. A data base of all schools that participate in the Science Olympiads is currently being compiled, so that the DoE, DST could embark on programmes to encourage learners (especially African and female learners to participate and excel in Science. SAASTE is the only recognised Professional body for science educators in the country. It is recognised at both Provincial and National levels by the Education departments and the Ministers.

This OLYMPIAD is the only officially recognised SCIENCE OLYMPIAD for Grades 4 to 11, and is recognised at Provincial, National, DoE and DST levels, as approved by cabinet in their Collaboration agreement and Plan for the Cabinet’s Youth into Science Strategy.

Participants in competitions of this nature are credited/recognised by tertiary institutions and bursars, with winners qualifying for additional points and fee discounts. Olympiad participants are generally viewed favourably by companies because of the recognition of their talents.

2018 Awards for South African Science Olympiads

Submitted by robin on Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:02am

This invitation is extended only to awardees and their parents/spouses.

Date: Saturday 24 November 2018

Venue: University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard college)

Time: 10h00 to 12h30

See attachment for schools and names of awardees.

RSVP : Robin SMS to 0832677055 or Email to robin@scienceolympiad.co.za

NB: The results were posted on 8 November by fastmail (no tracking number) - check at your postoffice.

Olympiads for 2018

Submitted by robin on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:06am

Olympiads for 2018

Submitted by robin on Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:04am

Olympiads for 2018

Submitted by robin on Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:52pm


Submitted by robin on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 8:08am

The 21st Awards for the South African Science Olympiads will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College) on Saturday 25 November 2017.

The attached Awards brochure lists all the learners and the successful schools. Seats are limited and reserved for invited guests only.

The results of all schools that wrote were posted on 9 October 2017 by fastmail. Please collect these from the post office. The awards invitation for the successful students are enclosed with the results.


Submitted by robin on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:40pm


The following students excelled in the South African Science Olympiads and represented South Africa in the International BIOLOGY Olympiad held in COVENTRY (UK) from 24 to 31 July 2017.






Submitted by robin on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:31pm

International Olympiad Paticipation by South African Teams in Physics and chemistry 2017


The following students excelled in the South African Science Olympiads and represented South Africa in the International Physics Olympiad held in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) from 16 to 24 July 2017. The team was accompanied by Mervlyn Moodley (Lecturer School of Physics - UKZN).

2017 Exam Papers posted

Submitted by robin on Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:54pm

Hi Teachers/HOD/Principal

Please note that the exam papers for 2017 have been posted.

We also send you an SMS or email with your tracking number.

A few schools that entered very late or did not fill any contact details on the form were not sent tracking numbers.

If you do not receive your papers timeously, send us an email and the papers will be sent to you late evening on 31 July 2017 - you can then download, print and administer the exam. Remember to send us your proof of payment with this request also.

Participation in International Physics and Chemistry Olympiads

Submitted by robin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:51pm

South Africa participates in 4 International Olympiads:

1. International Physics Olympiad (IPHO)

2. International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO)

3. International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

4. International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

A presentation on Physics and Chemistry was made at the STEMI conference (hosted by the Department of Science and Technology) held from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The full conference paper is attached for you to read the details (in 3 parts)

Practice Round 2017 Update

Submitted by robin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:12am

Note that the date suggested for the Practice (First) round is not fixed.

Schools can write at anytime up to the end of March 2017.

However, schools that send in their final round will be sent practice round papers also in April on request.

To get the Practice round papers these schools must complete the information sheet attached.

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