The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in partnership with NamPower, hosted the first ever Quiz Night at the NamPower National Science Fair 2014.
The Quiz Night took place yesterday at the SKW Hall in Windhoek. The science fair was aimed at demonstrating that science, engineering and technology are used in everyday activities. The science fair also aimed to demystify the popular misconception that science cannot be fun and also to create a new mind set about engineering, science and technology.
Local radio personality Jossy Joss facilitated the quiz as the Quiz Master and put competing learners through their paces as they thrashed their way through a series of tough science-related questions. The competition was a series of knock-out rounds comprised of learners from each region, competing in four different categories. The winning team from the Erongo Region consisted of Maurice Hinterholzer, Tiffany Wittmann, Eusebio Omar van Reenen and Johannes Benhard.
They proved to be the overall winners and walked away with book vouchers, promotional items and hampers. The second runner-up was the team from Zambezi Region. Manager of Human and Institutional Development, Science Promotion at the NCRST Angelique Philander said that through initiatives like the Quiz Night they want to promote science and technology to the public thus giving them an eye-opener to the world of science.
“People seemed very amazed by what science actually is; that it’s not necessarily that boring and an abstract subject which they may have experienced in school. There is a need for people to touch, feel and experience science, to take apart and build, to test and to experience what fun science could really be, and we look forward to the Quiz Night next year again”, Philander said.