Witsieshoek Primary School Scoops first position at Astroquiz
By Letshego Thibeletsa
The Astroquiz Competition saw 160 learners in teams, from 5 districts in the Free State compete for first position, which would allow the winning team to represent the Province at National level.
After a grueling session of session of 120 questions based on Astronomy, 5 teams came out tops and they had to be reduced to the top three. And the competition had to move to sudden death questions, even then the five teams kept getting a tie position. Eventually three teams won in the following places: Position 3 was Parys Primary School, Position 2 Hennenman Primary School and Witsieshoek Primary School took position 1 and will represent the province at national level.
The Grade 7 learners were drawn from 40 schools to compete at Provincial level at the President Hotel on 10 September 2019. Each team comprised of four members. The quiz competition aims to assist learners with basic astronomy content. The competition took place in a form of multiple choice questions, where questions with four possible answers were screened and each team had to discuss amongst themselves the possible answer.
After a sixty seconds timer, the team had to put up the correct answer as well as the name of their school on a paper, so that the markers were aware which team was answering. The competition had four rounds in total with 30 questions per round.
MEC for Education, Dr Tate Makgoe had this to say “It’s amazing to see learners in Grade 7 making such an effort and being immersed in Science. Be sure that when you start Secondary School next year, one or two subjects you choose are Maths and Science”, he encouraged.
After the competition, all 160 learners were divided into groups to go visit the Naval Hill Planetarium and observe the galaxy and stars.