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Picking pupils' brains at 10 Gauteng schools

By unknown | Aug 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Gauteng's high school pupils are encouraged to enter the Blue IQ Smart Young Mindz Challenge. The competition has been designed to create excitement around maths, science, technology and entrepreneurship.

Pupils must generate ideas for products or services that will fill a gap in business.

Smart Young Mindz encourages pupils to take an interest and enjoy technical subjects by engaging in interactive, creative and basic technology problem-solving processes.

A brainchild of the Gauteng local government's business and infrastructure development company, Blue IQ, the initiative has the potential of transforming these relevant subjects.

It supports the national strategy for maths, science, technology and outcomes-based education, and has been endorsed by the Gauteng Department of Education. It has been made part of the curriculum at the 100 participating schools. Sowetan is a media partner, as part of the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation. Popular comedian and YFM disc jockey Shonisani Muleya is the celebrity ambassador.

Pupils must submit smart business ideas that will motivate them to follow crucial technological processes while carrying out related investigations and research and to design, evaluate and communicate ideas to solve real-life problems.

Pupils in grades 8, 9 and 10 from selected schools are being inducted by Smart Young Mindz Challenge experts at 10 host schools. The roadshow started in Dobsonville on August 7 and has been to Randfontein, Soshanguve, Glentantia, Alberton, Vereeniging and Highlands North.

The last three road shows take place at Raucall High School in Crosby, Johannesburg, today, Fred Norman High School in Lenasia on August 29 and at Cullinan High School in Cullinan on August 30.

The competition closes on September 14 and adjudication takes place between September 17 and October 15. The winners will be announced on October 26.


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