Engineering Outreach Day in Techno Park Inspires Local Pupils


Altair South Africa, a leading engineering company with offices in Techno Park, recently hosted a successful Engineering Outreach Day for a number of learners from schools in the area. The event, which took place on 13 July and formed part of Altair’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) initiative, exposed 46 enthusiastic Grade 11 pupils to some of the exciting opportunities available in the engineering field.

“The main criteria to attend the day was obviously an interest in studying in engineering.   This is the second year we have hosted the event and were thrilled with the response – the number has doubled from last year,” explains Gronum Smith, Country Manager of Altair SA.

The invitation was extended to all schools in the area, including Eerste Rivier Secondary School, Malibu High, Oval Engineering School, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Kayamandi High and Rhenish Girls High in Stellenbosch, La Rochelle in Paarl, De Kuilen in Kuils River and Parel Vallei and Hottentots Holland in Somerset West.

“We aimed to cover all the engineering disciplines with presentations, success stories as well as personal insights into our world,” said Gronum.  Presentations from Denel Spaceteq, the CHPC, Garmin (iKubu), Mix Telematics, Stellenbosch University, Sustnet, School of Engineering and EMSS Antennas were on the agenda.

All the pupils were open-minded, interactive and extremely appreciative of the initiative. The common thread throughout the day by all the presenters was that students should work hard, be passionate, take risks, be entrepreneurial and realise that learning never ends.

The aim of the day was for students to leave feeling inspired with the possibilities available to them in the future. One pupil’s response epitomised this: “this conference inspired me be patriotic to South Africa and it would be a privilege to be an engineer in this country!”

The initiave corresponds with Techno Park’s mandate to become a socially activated hub for innovation and science in the larger Stellenbosch area, linking different parts of the community and creating opportunities for business, technology and society to meet.

For any queries about the Engineering Outreach Day, or for information about upcoming events arranged by Altair South Africa, please contact Fiona Richardson at For more information about Altair, and about their cutting edge simulation technology – geared towards synthesizing and optimizing designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance – please visit



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