The INESPO (International Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad) is an international Olympiad that was first organized nationally on May 16, 2009. Since 2010, the Olympiad has extended to an international level with over 40 different countries participating every year. In 2014, the 6th INESPO event was held from June 1 - 6 in Den Haag, Netherlands.
INESPO is intended for students between 13 and 18 years from secondary/high schools and vmbo-, havo- and vwo-schools in the Netherlands. By organizing INESPO, the Cosmicus Foundation, IVN, DuurzaamDoor, NPOINT and the GLOBE Program want to bring attention to environmental problems in schools across the Netherlands and the world. Their goal is to involve students in this important matter and bring communal consensus on social environmental values and to eventually eliminate the environmental problems through education.
On 09 May 2014, twelve very excited learners from across the country gathered at OR Tambo International Airport to listen to words of wisdom from Deputy Minister of Science & Technology, Adv Michael Masutha, before they departed for the prestigious annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Intel ISEF is the world's largest pre-college science fair competition and will run from 12 to 16 May 2014.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, Prof Ian Jandrell, who is attending Intel ISEF as an international judge, commended them for being selected to participate in such a prestigious and significant international science fair, and urged them to be good ambassadors for South Africa.
"It is a privilege for us to be with you," he emphasised. "You are the future of this country that we love so much. Remember that you are an ambassador – go out there and be truly proud of what you represent. It is an incredible responsibility, but it is also fun and exciting. I commend you for being a part of this. You are absolutely world-class," he added.
Houston – The Bayou City welcomed hundreds of international visitors to the world's largest international science fair focusing on energy, engineering, and environment this week. Organized by Harmony Public Schools, the seventh annual
International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) concluded with a high-energy awards ceremony.
385 highly qualified projects from nearly 70 countries were displayed at the George R. Brown Convention Centre during the week of April 28 – May 4, 2014. Nearly 600 young high school researchers and 300 teachers travelled to Houston for this remarkable event. Finalist was selected to compete at I-SWEEEP by winning a top prize at state or national science fairs in their respective local science fair. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not alone in their commitment to find solutions to the global sustainability problems.
Congratulations to James Garisch and Richard Grant for achieving bronze at this prestigious science fair.
James Garisch designed and built a portable, low-cost device in order to generate sustainable electricity to charge small electronic devices like cell phones.
Richard Grant created a safety device, which could be used for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. The device would track these activities and upload coordinates and photographs onto the Internet, so that family and friends could see where you are and when you are in trouble. It would also send text messages in an emergency.
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists inspires and ignites learners to discover their passion to explore – not only the world and how it works, but it also means that you can explore your true potential as a young scientist. The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists drives this theme.
For over thirty years, the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been at the forefront of unearthing the country's most innovative and talented science minds across South Africa's rural and urban areas.
This premier science exposition is open to primary and high school learners and prize winners at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair held in Johannesburg receive laptops, mobile science kits, university bursaries and some even get the opportunity to participate in prestigious international science fairs.
The Eskom Expo, which is endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Basic Education, is an ideal platform and opportunity for learners to share their bright ideas with peers and judges, and are assessed according to internationally accepted ethics and standards.
On 19 January 2014, two students Savanna Mendelsohn from Cape Town and Bianca Brandt from East London will depart for the annual Taiwan International Science and Engineering Fair (TISF).
Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) is a science research competition for high school students from grades nine through twelve. With the mission of identifying and nurturing talented young scientists, TISF 2014 will bring about 20 nations, 80 overseas participants to compete for awards. The National Taiwan Science Education Centre (NTSEC) is very proud to organize such a prestigious event. The Science is taking place from 21 to 27 January 2014.
Savanna's project is about the effect of hands free-cell phone conversation on visual fields and Bianca developed a computer-driven homework aid which will enable pupils to improve in reading, doing mathematics and complete their homework independently.
The learners are looking forward to meeting people from all over the world, learning about their cultures and seeing what they have created.
Eskom Expo for Young Scientists organisers looks forward to the learners' return and hearing all about their experience in Taipei. Every year our projects have returned with medal honours, which show how competitive our learners are in the international arena.
The delegation will be accompanied by the Potchefstroom Regional Science Fair Director Lydia Sethato.