Competition helps to promote smart kids

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Success depends on where the intention is.

These poignant words of philosopher Gita Bellin hold true for what the Smart Young Mindz competition seeks to achieve.

The competition for Gauteng high school students was conceived by the provincial government's business and economic development driver, Blue IQ.

It is supported by Sowetan and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation, and seeks to stimulate young people's interest and competitive participation, performance and excellence in maths, physical science, engineering, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 are required to submit smart business ideas, investigate problems in their communities and generate ideas for products or services that will fill a gap in the market by:

lDeveloping a slang dictionary that incorporates at least 100 words and sayings, with meanings in English;

lHighlighting Gauteng's reputation as one of the most politically and culturally unique regions in the country;

lComing up with innovative alternative power sources to provide relief for people who cannot afford electricity, gas and solar energy; and

lProviding water recycling solutions for residential areas where pollution is a challenges.

The closing date has been extended to July 22.

In a new and exciting development competition partners have decided to form the Smart Young Mindz Alumni Association.

In addition to tracking the progress of the student up to tertiary level, this new development offers them an opportunity to be exposed to other Smart Young Mindz Alumni Association activities, including:

lExposure to the world of science and technology;

lCareer guidance, counselling, mentoring and coaching; and

lAcademic development.