GeeXpo 2018: blowing minds and tickling science fancies

Marelize Santana -- Fri, 10/05/2018 - 13:43

GeeXpo 2018: blowing minds and tickling science fancies

Are you dreaming of a career in science and technology? If so, GeeXpo 2018 is just for you! Diarise Saturday, 13 October and make sure you take part in the North-West University’s (NWU’s) largest annual science and information technology expo.

What makes GeeXpo such an unforgettable experience it the fact it is much more than a traditional talk and chalk event. It is science in action.

Attendees, from schools across central South Africa, will have the opportunity to see and experience, up-close and personal, how mathematics and information technology can open new and exciting worlds of professional opportunities.

The event, which will take place for the sixth time, is hosted by the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on the campus in Vanderbijlpark. It aims to not only showcase the latest technological trends, but also to champion essential skills such as mathematical agility, critical thinking and problem solving amongst young learners.

GeeXpo will see learners as young as Grade 7 take part in several mathematical and information sciences related activities, such as a the Practical Assessment Task Competition (PAT), a Mathematics Olympiad, a Robotics Challenge, a Stats Presentation and several demonstrations by units such as the Serious Games Institute of South Africa (SGI-SA), Robotics and the Apps Factory.

According to JT Terblanche, a lecturer in the faculty and coordinator of the event, the importance of mathematics and sciences cannot be stressed enough. These subjects are compulsory if learners wish to undertake further studies in a number of fields within the BCom and BSc environment. These fields also play a critical role sustaining the economy and vesting South Africa as competitive and technology savvy country.

One of the highlights and biggest draw cards of GeeXpo is the awarding of academic bursaries to the winners in the different programme categories.

For more information please contact JT at 016 910 3259, or send an email to geexpo@nwu.ac.za.