So many events so little time!

This post has one simple purpose – to spread the news on upcoming STEM, robotics and industry events for 2018.  I may not have all the information on every event, but here is what I have.  Feel free to let me know of any ones I have missed and I will gladly add them.

Woman in Mining South Africa breakfast

Taking place on 13 February at 08:00 at Worley Parsons in Sandton.  I don’t have a lot of information on this, so please visit the Facebook events page: WIMSA Breakfast event

Society for Automation Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SAIMC)

The SAIMC hosts monthly evening events at each of it’s branches where technology and latest developments are presented and discussed.  The first events of the year normally get underway late January, early February.  For more information about specific dates and venues in your region, contact details can be found on

South African Mathematics Foundation (Math Olympiad)

The first round of the South African Math Olympiad takes place on 14 March 2018.  For more information about the SAMF 2018 calendar go to

Special Mention: ASTEMI

The Association of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Innovation is a collaboration of organisers that brings STEMI Olympiads and Competitions together to expand Olympiads and Competitions to a broader base of learners and educators.  The ASTEMI Conference is taking place in Pretoria from 19 to 22 February.  For more information and updates go to their FB page: ASTEMI Facebook Page

UCT Mathematics Competition

TUniversity of Cape Town emblemhe University of Cape Town Mathematics competition is a Cape Town event that has been running since 1977 and then moved to UCT in 1980.  The event takes place this year on Thursday 19 April and Western Cape high schools are invited to participate.

This is a very important event or Western Cape high schools and currently attracts over 7500 entries from 150 high schools.

For more information go the UCT’s competition page

EduWeek 2018 (June)

Eduweek 2018 takes place on 15, 16 June at the TicketPro dome and attendance is free – you just need to pre-register.  For more information visit:

Manufacturing Indaba South Africa (June)

The Manufacturing Indaba will take place 19 – 20 June 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre with the slogan: “Localisation and  growth of and advanced manufacturing economy“.   Visit for more information.


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World Robot Olympiad (WRO)

There are 4 regional events which usually takes place in August (KZN, Western Cape, 2x Gauteng) with a national event which usually happens in September.  The international event takes place in November.  Keep an eye on their website for regular updates closer to the time:

FIRST Robotics (FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge)

FIRST Lego League South Africa’s schedule was still to be released at the time of posting. Visit for more information.

FIRST Tech Challenge South Africa’s Schedule was still to be released at the time of posting.  Visit for more information.

FLLSA and FTCSA events usually take place between August and December of each year to tie in with the international competitions.

Electra Mining (September)

Takes place at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg 10-14 September and it has been “Bringing you the future of mining, indusrtial, electrical and power since 1972”.  Visit for more information.

Solar Car Challenge (September)

The Sasol Solar Car challenge takes place biennial, and usually takes place at the end of September.  Keep an eye on their website for more details on the 2018 event:

Eskom EXPO – National Science Fair (October)

The National Science Fair (or Eskom Expo) takes place from 3 – 6 October.  At the Fair, students get to present their piers their projects and talk to judges, teachers and students from other schools.  The Science Fair aims to develop young scientists.  Go to for more info.

Bloodhound SSC (Planned for October/November)

The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car is a very exciting project out of the UK and it is planning to attempt a new land speed record at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape.   In 2018 they will target their 500 mph milestone.  Go to for more on that.

Other sources to keep an eye on:
Sci-Bono’s Focus Weeks:
SAASTA’s Focus Weeks:

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