Watch: Ekurhuleni learners shine at science expo

Atlasville resident, Luke Johnstone with his friend Aidan Kirby-Smith from St Dunstan's College received bronze medals for their project called “Maths Wars”. They designed a computer game for Grade three learners to practice basic maths operations.

 

The 37th Eskom International Science Fair (ISF) is the culmination of 35 intensive regional competitions held in all nine provinces in July and August when these young scientists presented their scientific ideas and research projects to a panel of judges.

The three-day ISF is South Africa’s largest school-level science fair and is also a national initiative.

The projects of the 611 participants were on display in 24 different categories ranging from agricultural science to sustainable development.

In Ekurhuleni, 17 learners from various schools were among the 611 finalists who competed for medals and prizes, such as bursaries, laptops, gadgets and trips to other international science fairs.

The participants presented their science projects to a panel of judges that included professionals from the private sector, academics, scientists and educators.

Eskom Expo ISF gave the young scientists an ideal platform to show their talents and passion for all things scientific.

It also served as motivation for them to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) fields.

Flying the Ekurhuleni flag high: A total of 17 learners from across Ekurhuleni participated in the 37th International Science Fair Programme (Eskom Expo) held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, recently. From left: Dylan Jardine (St Dunstan’s College), Sphamandla April (Mamellong Comprehensive School), Noxolo Maduna (Ekangala Secondary School), Kgaogelo Molaudzi (Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld), Bongani Matea (Dan Kutumela Secondary School), Kurt Hilder (Ekurhuleni group mentor), Persevearan

Eskom aims to address the shortage of skills in science and engineering by encouraging young people to pursue careers in these fields.

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor urged youngsters to be resolute in following a career these fields.

” I always love coming to the Eskom Expo because it gives me a sense of what the future of our country looks like.

Tembisa resident, Lucas Tshokwe from Tembisa Secondary School received a bronze medal for his project called “Electro-Greenhouse”.

“I was intrigued to see that all their projects seek to solve problems we are facing today and the solutions they are developing are not for their own gain but for society’s benefit.

“I am excited and impressed that they believe they can change the world and find it particularly pleasing that the number of previously disadvantaged learners at the expo has grown.”

Benoni resident, Dylan Jardine from St Dunstan’s College was highly commended for his project called “Construction of an African Earthship”. The project was designed for its highly efficient sustainable dwelling which blends nature and cutting edge technology.

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Ntombikayise Sibeko
Journalist

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