The Nanotechnology Quiz


The Nanotechnology Quiz was started in 2010 for Grade 11 science learners by Moipone Academy. It aims to promote credible, fact-based understanding of nanotechnology through awareness, dialogue and education in order to enable informed decision making on nanotechnology innovations that could improve the quality of life.The objectives are to create awareness around nanotechnology; educate the public on, and enhance their understanding of, nanotechnology; enable and stimulate meaningful public debate around nanotechnology; stimulate interest in nanotechnology and nanoscience as a career in order to ensure long term capacity building in the field; and get industry involved in the development of nanotechnology and taking the lead in nanotechnology innovation.

Entry requirements

Grade 11 science learners who do well in Mathematics and Physical Science are selected and invited.


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Learners are afforded the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in Nanotechnology against peers, as well as hone their fast-thinking and fast-acting skills during rapid question and answer sessions, like that of a game show. In addition, schools are provided with the necessary resource booklet, that prepares their teams for the competition, but that can also add value in the classroom.


Grade 11 science learners from schools based in South Africa.

How it works

Schools select their top four Mathematics and Physical science grade 11 learners to participate in the district competition. During round one, the learner teams conduct a written test that is moderated by the Department of Education officials, teachers, and/or science center facilitators. During the next two rounds, schools compete against each other in an interactive quiz session to gain a top spot. These sessions are facilitated and moderated by a panel of judges.


Free entry to all participants.


Each learner receives a participation certificate at the end of round one. During the provincial rounds, learners are awarded an assortment medals and trophies, amongst others. The teams that progress to the national finals stands a chance to secure the latest technological gadgets, such as laptops and tablets.

Competition timelines

Districts rounds; Round one is conducted in June, followed by Provincial; Round two in July, and followed by the National Finals in September of every year.

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