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.

2016 Invitation and Entry forms

Submitted by robin on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 10:55am

Answers for First Round 2015

Submitted by robin on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:47am

Hi Teachers

Please send an email to request answers. Answers will not be posted on the website. We apologise for the change in procedure.

Please Send the following details:

1. Name of School

2. Your Name

3. Grades written

4. Date written

5. Number of students that wrote.

Please send an email to receive your answers.



Submitted by robin on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 8:02pm

NATURAL SCIENCES (GR 4 TO 9)                  LIFE SCIENCES OLYMPIADS (GR 10 & 11)            PHYSICAL SCIENCES (GR 10 & 11)




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Submitted by robin on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:05pm

Olympiad Results and Post Office strike

Submitted by robin on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:19pm

Teachers and Principals: Strike by post office

Please note that the recent post office strike caused huge problems for the National Science Olympiad. Therefore:

1. There was a delay in sending out your papers by registered mail. Consequently most of our mail was sent out by Courier and some by email. We trust that all of the schools registered have written the examinations. There were still about 115 packages that were sent via registered mail.

National Science Olympiad Exams 2014

Submitted by robin on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:52pm

Please note that the post office strike has affected the delivery of papers to schools.

Some schools were sent papers via a courier company - these were fine and reached their destinations timeously.

However, there were about 115 packages that were sent to schools using the Post Office registered mail service. We have been tracking this mail with the help of a Manager at the Post Office. Unfortunately, some of these schools still did not receive their printed papers. We did send papers to the schools via email. We do apologise this inconvenience.

2014 Practice Round Answers

Submitted by robin on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:14pm

2014 Practice Round Papers

Submitted by robin on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 8:35pm
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