There is ample proof that diversity in the workplace leads to better products catering for a wider audience. While boys in general tend to be more confident in their analytical skills, girls are usually equally able to apply analytical thinking with a touch of creativity, but often lack the confidence to venture into the careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The engineering sector desperately needs the creativity and diversity in approaches that women bring to the table in order to solve future problems. It is also a field in which women can really excel. Modiragatsi is an innovation competition for scholars between the ages of 15 and 18 hosted by the NWU Faculty of Engineering and sponsored by merSETA. We hope to inspire the youth of South Africa to identify a problem that they care about and develop a conceptual solution.

Entrants can enter either as individuals or teams of 2, but at least one of the entrants must identify as female. Teams entering should preferably have a teacher entering with them who is willing to act as a mentor. Entrants must be South African citizens and at least one team member is required to take both Mathematics & Physical Science as school subjects.  You don't need a working prototype -  you just need an idea. All semi-finalists will be hosted for an online mentorship programme between 12 and 23 July 2021 with the final presentations being due at midnight on 25 July 2021. The winners will be announced at our annual Femmegineering Event on 9 August 2021. This is an opportunity not only to gain new skills in Design Thinking, Problem Solving, Mobile App development, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing but also the opportunity to win the grand prize: an all-expenses-paid technology trip for the winning team and their teacher to the USA in 2022.

Applications close on 3 June 2021. The mentoring programme for the semi-finalist teams will take place in an online format between 12 and 23 July 2021 with the final presentations being due on 25 July 2021. The winners will be announced at our annual Femmegineering Event on 9 August 2021.

How to Enter

1. Individuals or teams of two (2) may enter with a teacher from their school.
2. Identify a problem in your community to which you have an innovative solution in one of the following categories:
a. Healthcare (including Mental Health)
b. Nature conservation and Tourism
c. Food security, Energy and Water
d. Township Economy
e. Gender Based Violence Prevention
3. Create a short (2minute) video or 15 slides to explain the background to the problem, the problem statement and your solution.
4. Write a summary paragraph explaining the background to the problem, the problem statement and your solution to the problem in approximately 250 words.

 

Competition Dates

Applications will open on 8 March 2021, and close at midnight on 3 June 2021. 
The mentoring programme for semi-finalist teams will take place in an online format between 12 and 23 July 2021 with the final presentations being due at midnight on 25 July 2021.
The winners will be announced at our annual Femmegineering Event on 9 August 2021.
As soon as international travel is allowed the dates of the trip will be finalised – but it will take place during a public school holiday period in 2022.

Competition Rules

  1. Entries can be individual or in teams of 2.
  2. At least 1 of the team members should identify as female.
  3. At least one team member is required to have both Mathematics & Physical Science as school subjects.
  4. A teacher may enter with more than one team from the same school
  5. Signed consent should be given from the parents/legal guardians to participate in the competition and all the related activities.

 

Additional Information Downloads

Please ensure you have read and completed the following documents:

  1. Project Outline
  2. Info Sheet
  3. Indemnity Form

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