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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.

When I started my high school career, I did not think, never mind imagine that I would turn out to be the person that I am today.

During my first year in high school, I was still trying to find my feet. I knew I wanted to become a scientist but I did not really have an idea of what I would be doing as a scientist. I then heard of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. I asked some of my friends that were involved what this Eskom Expo for Young Scientists really was. The explanation that I got was that 'it is a competition where learners are expected to come up with a project that solves a problem'. I wanted to join expo but a few things held me back. One being the kind of personality that I have. I am a very shy person, the thought of standing in front of a judge and explaining my project was a scary one, and as a result, I did not do an expo project in grade 8.

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September 2013 is a month abuzz with excitement for Eskom Expo for Young Scientists as we celebrate excellence in science amongst the youth of South Africa. Congratulations to all finalists on qualifying to participate in the most prestigious science fair competition in Africa.

The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Science Fair has become an important platform for talented students from all over South Africa and Africa to explore science collaboratively, creatively and purposefully. In a world where the energy crisis, climate change and the scarcity of resources cause international tensions and threaten our very existence, science can offer exciting, unique and creative solutions to drive change and improve our current situation. A generation of youths who are well-grounded in scientific knowledge is therefore crucial in ensuring the continued survival of our planet as we know it.

Students participating at this prestigious event are just the beginning of many more accomplishments, thoughts, dreams and ideas that lie ahead of them. These young minds with bright ideas are incredible individuals with so much to offer our country and the world – to solve the scientific challenges and issues our country and the world faces.

This prestigious event is open to the public from 27th to 28th September 2013. Eskom Expo for Young Scientists encourages schools that are not participating to visit the International Science Fair at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre.

Good luck to all finalists competing at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair 2013. You are going to enjoy an exciting and memorable Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair 2013.

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists salutes the many volunteers from around the country ensuring our youth are aware of the importance of science education for their future.

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