South African Youth Engineering and Science Symposium (SAYESS) is South Africa’s youngest and fastest-growing national and international Science fair.  Started in 2017, with 31 projects from 2 countries and five provinces in South Africa, SAYESS expanded by 240% in 2018.   SAYESS aims to promote an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among school-children of all races, across the country and around the world.   2020 was the first Virtual SAYESS, with 10 countries participating.

Event Information for 2021

Dates: The following dates apply:

Venue: Online.

Cost: Costs will be determined by each participating region.  Please contact your regional coordinator for further information.  Regional coordinators are asked to email for further information.
Projects will be judged in 2 stages.

  1. Projects will be evaluated based on information submitted during the registration process.
  2. Online interviews will be conducted.

Certificates and Medals: Participants will be able to download certificates from our website.  Due to shipping costs, medals will not be distributed.  An option to receive a medal and certificate is being considered, at an extra cost.

Language: Project Title, summary, abstract and display board should be in English.  Other documents may be submitted in your home language.  Videos should either be in English, or have English subtitles.  Interviews will be conducted in English, but participants may have be assisted by a teacher/parent as an interpreter, if necessary.

SAYESS Affiliation

South African Provincial and Regional Science Fairs, as well as International Science Fairs wishing to be affiliated to SAYESS, are asked to email  Quotas will be allocated based on available space.

Entry Process

Participants may enter through either of the two channels:

  1. Learners may be selected to participate at one of the affiliated South African science fairs or recognised science fairs in other countries.
  2. Learners who were awarded a gold medal at a recognised regional science fairs in South Africa may apply to participate.  Please email

Regions are asked to register 2 judges for every 5 projects, to allow projects to be judged by judges from other regions if possible.

Learners in Grades 6-12 are welcome to apply.Entries for SAYESS 2021 will be managed on this website.  Only entries captured and entered via this website will be accepted.  Please do not email us to ask for the forms – SAYESS entries have always been paperless!

  1. The region must be registered — Email for assistance.
  2. Learners register, using a verification code provided by the regional/provincial/national organiser.
  3. Learners enter their personal information.
  4. Learners create a project and enter project information (including your abstract).
  5. The regional organiser will enter the projects for SAYESS once the projects have been completely captured.  Projects from Northern Cape and North Gauteng do not need to re-register – your projects will automatically be promoted from your regional event.

Please email for further information.

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