Bringing Materials Science to high schools across Gauteng

We want to make Materials Science accessible to high school learners across Gauteng! Join our community and attend our Career Day to fast-track your science journey.

Here is your chance to show off your problem-solving skills! enter our poster competition and tell us how Materials Science and Engineering can solve challenges facing Mzansi.

2023 Career Day with over 200 learners from across GP in attendance.

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 hopes to increase awareness of Materials Science amongst high school learners through competitions and careers days.

The theme for 2024 is “Metallic Materials for Sustainable Power Supply”.

Here is how it works...

We are inviting Gauteng-based learners from Grades 9 to 12 to get to know more about our awesome field.

Enter the competition by showing us how you would solve a South African problem, and stand the chance to win one of three cash prizes!

Come meet fellow science lovers from at our annual Career Day and get take part in a live demonstration in our science labs – coats and all!

Annual career day

The Career and Judging Days of the competition will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July 2024.

We can't wait to introduce you to the world of Materials Science through our lab demonstrations as well as meet our postgraduate students and industry practitioners!

Competition entry

Do you have an innovative solution that shows how Materials Science can provide an uninterrupted supply of power to homes and business in Mzansi?

Write a 300-word abstract telling us how you would keep the lights on. You can work alone or with a team of maximum 4 fellow learners.

Here is what you will 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.

Competition Details

Entry guidelines

The Materials Science and Engineering Competition is open to grades 9 to 12 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 Power Supply“.  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.


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 

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2023 competition Winners

  • 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

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