Passionate young scientists seized the opportunity to exhibit their noteworthy scientific and innovative research projects at this year’s regional final of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in the Namakwa Region, bagging medals and special awards.
Four exceptional young scientists were awarded the prestigious Eskom Special Awards at the region’s awards ceremony held at Aggeneys Primary School on 2 August 2023. The learners, who received Bluetooth speakers, were:
- Best female: Nikita Brandt from Boesmanland High School
- Best innovation: Elizabeth August from Boesmanland High School
- Best energy project: Marshall Bezuidenhoudt and Rowan Visagie from Boesmanland High School
- Best development project: Marlin Bock and Djorlin Kekana from Boesmanland High School
Furthermore, a total of eight learners received bronze medals, nine were awarded silver, and two received highly esteemed gold medals. Notably, learners from Boesmanland High School secured the highest number of gold medals, and overall medals at the event.
The event saw a turnout of 23 learners in grades 4 to 12 from the region gathered to present their research projects. The evaluation of the 19 projects on display was carried out by 11 judges, comprising educators, specialists, scholars, and avid Eskom Expo supporters.
This regional expo was one of 38 regional expos planned across all provinces in South Africa. This year witnessed an impressive influx of entries in Environmental Studies with four innovative projects submitted. Furthermore, notable participation was observed in the Biomedical and Medical Sciences category.
Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, said: “Eskom Expo’s promotion of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) at the school level is exemplified by the significant role played by this event. It not only provides a platform for talented young scientists to showcase their innovations but also exposes them to a world of exciting career opportunities in diverse scientific fields. The outstanding projects presented by learners, particularly those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and girls, serve as a beacon of hope for a promising future. Congratulations to all the well-deserved medal winners, and we extend our best wishes for even greater achievements at the upcoming Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).”
Advancing learners from the region will have the opportunity to compete against the country’s most exceptional young scientists at the ISF, scheduled for October 2023. This prestigious event offers participants the chance to win prizes, bursaries, scholarships, and various other opportunities. Moreover, learners stand a chance to be selected to present their research and innovations at international science fairs held in the United States of America, Asia, Europe, and across Africa.
For dates and venues of upcoming regional science fairs, click the link: https://bit.ly/3m4zKIO