Young scientists shine at local science expo

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The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists gold medalists. PHOTO: Supplied.

The Central University of Technology (CUT) hosted over 100 eager science learners at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, where they showcased their science and innovation research projects this past weekend.

A total of 56 bronze medals were awarded to learners at the expo, as well as 28 silver and 14 gold medals.

Overall, learners from C&N Oranje Meisieskool received the most medals and gold medals.

The Eskom Special Award winners were Lee-Ann Britz, Danicke Grobler, Micke de Andrade, Oprah Mukhebi, Chane Hoek, Rouvé Janse van Rensburg, and Tsiu Masiu.
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists invited 131 learners to display their innovative science, engineering, and social investigations to 51 judges.

According to the Eskom Development Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Cecil Ramonotsi, the expo forms part of the company’s broader strategy of skills development, investing in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation at school level.

“It has been a welcoming return, to be able to host a physical expo in the region this year. It was impressive how learners, especially previously disadvantaged learners and girls, were able to develop such innovative projects while still at school, giving assurance that the future is in good hands,” he said.

The expo will present learners with the possibility to be selected to showcase their research or innovation at an international science fair in the USA, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa.

Nthato Minyuku, Eskom Group Executive, extended his good wishes to the medal winners who he “trusts will make even greater strides at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).”

Learners in the region who advance to the ISF in December, will have the opportunity to compete against the best performing young scientists around the country.

Compiled by Gypseenia Lion

gypseenia@mahereng.co.za