The popular and annual Tritech academic event, which is presented by Merensky High School, is a competition for all mathematics, physical sciences and technology learners.
This event finally took place on the 27th and 28th of May after it was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. This year the organisers found a workable alternative to ensure the event will go ahead, restrictions or not.
A total of 21 teams from Merensky consisting out of six learners per team, entered for the online alternative of the Tritech competition. On the 27th of May the gr.8 to gr.9 learners took part and the gr.10 to gr.12 learners had their turn the following day.
The contest consisted over three rounds per event with the first round that tested the scientific methods of the participants through a rapid quiz session. The second round was to determine the intellectual skills through yet another quiz.
In the last round the learners’ skills were subjected to practical problem solving. Merensky’s teams have passed this
test with flying colours. According to this school’s marketing manager, Louis du Preez, so far 20 teams from Merensky have already received an invitation for the next event which will be the regional round.
It will also be held as an online or virtual event. Only the top performing teams are invited to take part in the Tritech regional round. This regional round is set to take place on the 4th and 5th of August. According to du Preez, only the top 100 school teams from Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga will compete for top honours.