They compete in soccer, athletics, rugby, hockey, netball and more! Now give the budding young scientists in your school the opportunity to show off their talent!


What are the Natural & National Science Olympiads about?

Natural Science Olympiad

The aim of the Natural Science Olympiad is to identify and nurture talent in Natural Science, Life Science and Accounting; to increase the number of learners who opt for Physical Science, Life Science, Accounting and Mathematics at high schools; and to act as a feeder for SAASTA’s National Science Olympiad for grades 10 – 12, which is now in its 53rd year.

The aim of the Olympiad is also to help learners prepare for the year’s upcoming natural science syllabus and showcase some of South Africa’s brightest young scientists in the making.




National Science Olympiad

The National Science Olympiad is one of SAASTA’s flagship projects. Since 2005, the now 53-year-old project has offered learners in grades 10-12 an exciting opportunity to compete in science with fellow learners from SADC countries such as Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The competition comprises an annual examination in science (Physical and Life Sciences). The top national performers win all-expenses-paid trips to the London International Youth Science Forum and the Australian National Youth Science Forum.

The main aim of the competition is to identify talent, to encourage excellence in science education and to stimulate interest in the sciences. It seeks to inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology.



This is the web portal for schools to enter their learners into the Natural Science Olympiad (Gr 4 – 9) or the National Science Olympiad (Gr 10 – 12). Prior to entering learners into either of these olympiads, educators will have to register an account and add their school on this website. For alternative methods of entering learners into either of these olympiads, see the Entry Guidelines page.