NWU to showcase maths and IT during 5th annual Geexpo

Belinda Bantham -- Tue, 10/03/2017 - 14:38

NWU to showcase maths and IT during 5th annual Geexpo

Two weeks. That is how much time is left before this year’s rendition of the very popular Geexpo Expo for information technology and mathematical and statistical sciences.

The event, hosted by the School of Computer Sciences and Information Systems and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences – both residing within the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on the North-West University’s (NWU’s) campus in Vanderbijlpark, will take place on 14 October 2017.

Learners from across central South Africa will take part in the annual event during which a multitude of career prospects that are associated with mathematics and information sciences will be showcased and subsequently afford learners the unique opportunity to see and experience, up close and personal, the innovative nature of these fields of specialisation.

During Geexpo, learners from as young as Grade 7 are invited to take part in several mathematics and information sciences related activities, such as a PAT (Practical Assessment Task) Competition, a Mathematics Olympiad, a Robotics Challenge, Statistical presentations and interactive demonstrations by the Serious Games Instituted of South Africa (SGI-SA), Robotics and the Apps Factory.

According to Ms Daleen Gerber, director of the subject group 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 and 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.

An overview of this year’s event can be found on YouTube, please click here[N1] .

* Schools are invited to register as many learners for Geexpo as they see fit. For more information please send an e-mail to geexpo@nwu.ac.za or contact Belinda on 016 910 3261. Van Schaik Bookstore, Binary Space and Sharp are proud sponsors of this initiative.