The annual PAT Competition runs parallel with the curriculum outcomes for learners in high school – Grade 10-12, with IT as a subject at school. The aim of the competition is to encourage learners to enter their IT PAT projects and by doing so not only monitor the standard of their projects against those of their  peers,  but also entice talented learners to consider a career in information technology.

 

Each grade has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with prizes.

 

The largest prizes on the day, however, are for the Grade 11 PAT winners who respectively walk away with:

 

  • 1st Place: 3 year bursary to study BSc Information Technology at NWU Vaal and supplementary prizes; a R10,000.00 cash prize to the IT lab of the participating school and a cool gadget for the IT teacher of the Gr11 winner.

  • 2nd Place: 2 year bursary to study BSc Information Technology at NWU Vaal and supplementary prizes; and a R5,000.00 cash prize to the IT lab of the participating school.

  • 3rd Place: 1 year bursary to study BSc Information Technology and supplementary prizes; and a R2,500.00 cash prize for the IT lab of the participating school.