Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) hosted their 17th successful annual high school Quiz Whizz competitions in a quest to promote the importance of Science, Technology and Environment fields. The significant event has been in existence since 1999. Any high school in the central region is afforded an opportunity to participate free of charge, and the three finalist schools (plus the standby school) receive FEIT-study bursaries. For 2016, the bursaries totaled to R47 500.
Eight new schools from the central region participated for the first time this year. The schools went through various preliminary rounds until the final three. Trials were held at Bloemfontein, Welkom and Kimberley.
According to Carel Korff, Civil Engineering Lecturer and organiser of the event, 2015 was a year of surprises and goal achievement. Carel said, “The event made history for the first time in 17 years when schools from previously disadvantaged communities entered the quiz for the first time in 2015, winded their way up to the top and became the first two schools from previously disadvantaged communities to qualify for the Quiz finals. This is an amazing milestone. My wish for 2016 is to see more and more township schools enter the competition.”
Although Moemedi learners mentioned that the competition was nerve wrecking, Motswela learners said that they are happy to be part of the competition and look forward to a better 2016. Grey College said that they were content with their performance this year.
Grey College triumphed in the final round against new players: Moemedi Secondary School in Bloemfontein and Motswela Secondary School in Kroonstad. During the final round, Grey College secured the title and earned two FEIT study bursaries worth R 10 000 each.
Moemedi Secondary school in Bloemfontein (2 x R 7 500 bursaries) and Motswela Secondary school from Kroonstad (2 x R 5 000 bursaries).
Other schools who participated in the qualifying round were High Schools Sentraal and Sand du Plessis, Ikaelelo Secondary (all located in Bloemfontein) and High School Goudveld (Welkom).
Information provided by: Central University of Technology