ASTEMI is a national non-profit organization of independent organizations; teachers, public organisations and volunteers dedicated to improving and promoting science education and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both learners and teachers.


Mathematics and science Olympiads and Competitions, together with the people and organizations’ engaged with them, form an important part of a national network. Each individual organization’s Olympiads and Competitions have a unique way of identifying, motivating developing and steering young talent towards careers in science. All these Olympiads and Competitions have a positive impact on education and on educational institutions in South Africa, but there is still a need to build stronger collaboration among teachers, schools, universities and educational authorities in order to meet the challenges of STEM education in South Africa today.


The phrase “Olympiads and Competitions” embraces a wide range of activities that normally take place outside the formal school curriculum. These include:  Local, regional and national competitions with thousands of entries.  Multi-level events of two or more rounds that become increasingly challenging and culminate in top-level Olympiads.  Enrichment programmes to inspire promising young South Africans to pursue STEMI careers.  Talent searches and similar programmes to select and train national teams to represent the country in international events.  Organisation of international Olympiads in South Africa. ASTEMI brings together all role players in the field of Olympiads and Competitions – including professional and academic societies, universities and other tertiary institutions, private enterprise and government – to promote, coordinate and extend STEMI Olympiads in South Africa.