The shortage of scientists, engineers and mathematicians urgently requires that our youth must be motivated to enjoy and
study science, technology, engineering and math subjects at school and then at tertiary institutions. In this context, The
SPEAR conceptualized the Rockets and Robots Project. Robots & Rockets must create major opportunities for
engineering, science, technology and mathematical advancement.
The Rockets and Robots Project is the precursor to the Rockets and Robots Olympiad.
Science Clubs from registered and participating schools.
The SPEAR Development Foundation (Sustainable Performance through Enrichment Activities and Reward)
The Rockets and Robots Olympiad provides a platform for intra-team cooperation in an inter-team Olympiad; assess
individual and team strengths against peers; educators and Learners are exposed to and learn from industry gurus, and
participating schools are provided with Lego, Rocketry and Raspberry Pi kits.
Grade 7 to Grade 11 learners from participating schools.
How it works
Educators and Learners must be capacitated with basic skills in robotics, rockets and Raspberry Pi technologies. These
skills must be consolidated through practice (e.g. inter-team, interschool competitions). It starts with training educators during
the first term. Educators then start Science Clubs at school to host STEMI activities after which the they can participate in
the interschool Rockets & Robots Olympiad. A Robots and Rockets Olympiad is a five-day, space-themed “boot camp”
for Grades 8 to Grades 11, where Learners in teams will have opportunities to interact with industry gurus, acquire some
theoretical and technical knowledge about rockets and robots and practically build rockets that are launched vertically or
traverse in a horizontal plane and robots that complete missions.
Administration fee that will not exceed R 50 per Learner.
Every learner will receive a Certificate of Attendance reflecting the grading achieved.
Northern Cape Province
School vacations; first term: educator training | June or September: Olympiad