Bringing Materials Science to high schools across Gauteng

With a chance to show off your problem-solving skills and opportunity to attend the Lab Demo and Career Day, the Materials Science and Engineering Programme brings learners closer to the core of Engineering.

The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, located within Wits University’s Engineering and the Built Environment Faculty is the host and coordinator of the Materials Science and Engineering Competition and Outreach Programme.

This Programme aims to increase awareness of Materials Science amongst high school learners through interventions such as school visits, guest lectures, careers days and competitions.

The theme for 2023 is “Metallic Materials for Sustainable Society”.

What learners gain from participating...

Access to the continents finest

Wits University's mining and mineral engineering courses are consistently ranked as the best on the African continent  by QS World University ranking by subject.

Interact with Witsies

This is an interactive programme that will gives learners access to converse with our renowned lecturers and dynamic Masters and Doctorate students.

Engage with fellow science learners

As many schools participate in the programme, enabling learner to meet and nurture their curiosity of Materials Science and Engineering with peers from across the province.

Our recent Poster Competition Day was a resounding success! Hosted at Wits University, high school learners displayed incredible diligence and confidence as they presented solutions which employ materials science that will benefit communities across South Africa.

competition Winners

The learners from Norkem High School, supported by their teacher Mr Moloi, submitted their poster projects which presented the various ways that Materials Science and Engineering are applied in medical solutions.

  • First place was the team of Daniel Brown, Alyson Francis & Anderson Naidoo from The King’s School Robin Hills who won R5 000
  • Second place was the team of Tameeka Day Conceicao and Sean Mangwiro from Kenilworth High School who won on R3 000
  • Third place was the team of Tshiamo Mongoengi, Tshinakao Tshukudu, Lebogang Zwane & Uthandiwe Mjangqeka from Randfontein High School who won R1 500
  • Third place runner up was Mandy Magana from Rietondale High School who won R1 000

First place

Daniel Brown, Alyson Francis & Anderson Naidoo from The King’s School Robin Hills

Second place

Tameeka Day Conceicao and Sean Mangwiro from Kenilworth High School

Third place

Tshiamo Mongoengi, Tshinakao Tshukudu, Lebogang Zwane & Uthandiwe Mjangqeka from Randfontein High School

Third place runner up

Mandy Magana from Rietondale High School

The inaugural Career and Lab Demonstration Day was held at 19 August 2023. Learners and teachers from schools across Gauteng enjoyed the opportunity to meet Masters students and lecturers, while participating in lab demonstrations.

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Poster Competition Day

 

Submitted your poster?

We are in the second phase of the competition, and this is where you bring your idea to life by creating a captivating poster!

All shortlisted applicants will be notified by mail on Friday, 8 September 2023

Register for Poster Competition Day

The Poster Competition Day will take place on Friday, 29 September 2023.

You will witness contestants showcasing and presenting their posters to a panel of judges.

Participate in the competition

We are in the second phase of the competition, and this is where you bring your idea to life by creating a captivating poster!

All shortlisted applicants will be notified by mail on Friday, 8 September 2023

Competition Details

Entry guidelines

The Materials Science and Engineering Competition is open to grades 10 and 11 learners in high schools located in Gauteng.

 

Stage 1

Students should complete the form on this webpage. Student can enter as individuals or groups. School teachers are encouraged to assist the students entering for the competition.  The problem to be solved must be identified and a brief description of the solution they have in mind should be submitted on the website.

 

Stage 2

Shortlisted schools and learners will be informed and invited to the final poster competition.

 

Stage 3 

The final stage of the competition will the judging event where shortlisted candidates give their final presentations and the top three finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges and awarded.

Submission requirements

The theme of this year’s competition is “Metallic Materials for Sustainable Society”.  Learners must to identify a problem within society and then explore how metallic materials can be used to solve this.

 

Upon acceptance,  learners will be invited to design a creative poster using pictures and graphics and, in not more than 1 page (200–300 words).

 

Entries must include a title, name, school, teacher, and contact details on the poster or abstract.

Prizes

All the top 10 finalists will receive a certificate of recognition in honour of their participation. The top three students will receive a certificate of recognition and an additional cash prize as indicated below: 

 

  • 1st prize – R5 000  
  • 2nd Prize – R3 000 
  • 3rd Prize – R1 500 

Inquiries – info@chmtmaterialsscience.co.za

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