Minquiz is regarded as South Africa’s premier annual national Science competition for Grade 12 learners, and has been running since 1988. The competition aims to encourage interest in careers in science, engineering and technology, especially in minerals and metallurgy, and to promote an awareness of the importance of minerals and metallurgy to South Africa.
Minquiz is entertaining for the learners participating, the accompanying educators and the audience, while at the same time the competition conveys the importance of Mathematics and Science as foundational subjects to a career in the minerals and metallurgy industries.
Participating learners write a preliminary multiple-choice question test individually, followed by competing as a team during a live, on-stage oral quiz, also with multiple-choice questions. Semi-finals are held in all nine provinces and the final is held in Johannesburg. Questions are in the areas Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and general knowledge in science, engeneering and technology, and are in line with the National Curriculum Statement.
What are the eligibility criteria? Learners must be in Grade 12 as defined in the National Curriculum Statement and must be taking both Mathematics (not Mathematics Literacy) and Physical Science. Only learners studying full-time can enter. Learners cannot be older than 19 years of age at the time of the Minquiz Provincial Competition. Minquiz is open to foreign citizens just as long as the learner is studying within the borders of South Africa. If selected, learners must be available to travel to Johannesburg in June for the Minquiz National Competition. Registrations are restricted to one team per school.
What’s the difference between Gold and Platinum? The Gold category is the entry level category and the Platinum category is the advanced category. The Gold category caters for schools with challenges in terms of basic services, infrastructure, and quality of education or poverty. The Minquiz Coordinators will assign your team to either the Gold or Platinum categories based on your school’s historical results.
GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON!
How does Minquiz work? Each team of three learners writes a preliminary test individually at one of the many provincial centres across the country, followed by competing as a team during a live, on-stage oral quiz at the same venue that same day. Questions (all multiple-choice) are in the areas of Physical Science, Mathematics and General Knowledge in Science, Engineering and Technology. (Note that the medium of Minquiz is English.) There are great prizes to be won at all levels, including recognition in the form of cash prizes, trophies, medals, certificates and more. Entry is free, and costs to attend the National Competition (travel, accommodation, meals and transfers) are paid for by Mintek.