Take her to international olympiad

2019-06-25 06:00
Last year's South African team after the International Maths and Science Olympiad

Last year's South African team after the International Maths and Science Olympiad

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An Observatory girl has been selected to take part in this year’s International Maths and Science Olympiad in Vietnam in September.

The competition is an annual competition in Math and Science for primary school students who compete with other children from all over the world.

Heather Robson, a Grade 7 learner at St. George’s Grammar School in Mowbray, said she feels excited and proud that she was chosen as one of six South African children who make up the science team to participate in this competition.

“I cannot wait to visit Vietnam, seeing a different culture and meeting new people are just some of the things that I cannot wait to experience,” she said.

The young girl said she is passionate about science and believed that it plays an important part of the future.

She said more people, especially girls, should be encouraged to go into the career paths that include science.

This will not be the first time Robson will be competing on a world stage, she participated in the same competition in China last year where she won a bronze medal.

“There were 22 countries participating in the competition. South Africa got five bronze medals for science and one silver. I was very happy and exhilarated to have won a medal.”

“I also did the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) test last year and I came in the top 13% in my age group in the region for science. These tests are done by the University of New South Wales and test the abilities of learners in the Southern Hemisphere in various grades in various subjects.”

“After that, I also participated in the Marine Science course for Grade 7s at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in March this year and I came first with a 93% average.”

Her strategy is to go over her work as much as possible and stay focused.

She and her teammates each need R35 000 in order to be able to go on the trip and her parents have already paid R10 000 for her.V To read more about Heather’s campaign, visit www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/heather-robson.

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