Johannesburg – Hundreds of young scientists recently exhibited their science projects at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.
The exhibition’s Gauteng co-ordinator Raven Motsewabangwe said this year has seen a surge in research projects in the energy category, with pupils aiming to find alternative solutions to power South Africa.
“It is quite inspiring to see that our pupils are fully aware of the challenges we face as a country and have taken the initiative to formulate solutions to these problems. For instance pupils looked at cow dung as a source of electricity, creating light with bioluminescence, extracting heat from a compost pile, as well as self-generating hydroelectric power systems as alternate means of energy,m” Motsewabangwe said.
Over 300 pupils from the Gauteng region showcased about 200 innovative science and engineering investigations at the Expo.
The best energy project was won by Feza Ijaz and Warda Ijaz from Nizamiye School of Mayfair, the best developmental project went to Eric Motsoahae from Horizon International High School; and best innovation project went to Viresh Soogreem from Shree Bharat Sharda Mandir School.
“A total of 67 learners received bronze medals, 31 received silver and 18 received gold. Learners from Nizamiye School in Mayfair received the most medals overall. A total of 15 projects will be chosen to represent the region at the International Science Fair (ISF) in Boksburg, Gauteng, in September,” the Eskom expo said.
Prizes include bursaries worth R5 million and a R1 million Siemens scholarship to Germany. International tours to America, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa were also possible.
Eskom Expo executive director Parthy Chetty said the organisation is expanding across the country to include more schools each year. “The Eskom Expo continues to build on the legacy of the founder, the late Dr Derek Gray, to provide a non-racial platform for the thousands of bright young minds in our country, to showcase their talent. It is fast becoming the only catalyst in the school system to prepare our youth for the 4th industrial revolution,” he said.