GeeXpo 2019: give maths, science and IT a try

Belinda Bantham -- Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:25

GeeXpo 2019: give maths, science and IT a try

The countdown to the North-West University’s (NWU’s) GeeXpo has begun, and schools across central South Africa are invited to take part in the annual mathematics, science and information technology expo.

This year’s rendition of GeeXpo will see the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on the NWU’s campus in Vanderbijlpark host the much anticipated event for the seventh consecutive year.

On Saturday, 12 October 2019, the proverbial red carpet will be rolled-out for learners from Grade 7 to 12 to experience – up-close and personal – how mathematics and technology can open a world of infinite professional opportunities.

The expo, coordinated by the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, will see learners take part in several mathematics and information sciences related activities.

These include a PAT (Practical Assessment Task) Competition, a Mathematics and Statistics Olympiad, a Robotic Challenge and various board game competitions. A number of interactive workshops will also be presented. These workshops include a robotics soldering workshop, NWU student statistics presentation and a scientific calculator workshop (Casio and Sharp).

To further tickle the fancies, a number of exhibitors will also be showcasing their products, services and related career opportunities. The following exhibitors will take part in this year’s GeeXpo: Binary Space, Pi Shop, Mobile CompTech, Van Schaik Bookstore and the NWU Career Centre.

According to Daleen Gerber, a lecturer within the subject group of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, GeeXpo offers hundreds of learners the opportunity to be exposed to the multitude of opportunities that are associated with mathematics and information science – not only as a potential field of study, but also as an exciting and innovative career choice.

“The importance of mathematics and science cannot be stressed enough,” says Daleen. She explains that these subjects are compulsory in a number of fields that are very important to the economy and further development of South Africa. These sectors include engineering, natural sciences, information technology and medicine.

According to Daleen the NWU is not only the preferred choice when it comes to the innovative advancement of technology, but also a frontrunner in the sector.

Schools are invited to register as many learners for GeeXpo as they see fit. For more information please send an email to geexpo@nwu.ac.za or visit the website. The closing date for registration is on or before 1 October 2019.

* For a short overview of GeeXpo, click here to watch a short video.