Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (formerly known as Eskom Expo for Young Scientists National Finals)
Eskom Best Development Project Special Award and Overall winners
Sibongakonke Nxumalo and Snenhlanhla Sibiya from Dlangezwa High School in KwaZulu-Natal
The pair of grade 11s came up with a load shedding meter that regulates the supply of electricity in a household when the national power grid is under pressure. When the electricity supply is under pressure, the control unit (which is housed at Eskom power stations) sends a signal to the meter box to switch off everything using over 100 watts of electricity in the house. The user will then have to unplug everything consuming large amounts of electricity and their lights will go back on.
Eskom Best Energy Efficiency Project Special Award
Matthew Keevy and Sonke Mkhabela from Pretoria Boys High School
The grade 11 learners designed a programme to save the electricity consumed by streetlights and lights on highways using light and movement sensors. The team calculate that these sensors could cut energy usage by 42%.
Eskom Best Energy Project Special Award
Tave Verhoef from Howick High School in KwaZulu-Natal for her project entitled “Maglev Train”. She looked at how Maglev trains work using the principle of magnetic polarity.
Eskom Best Female Project Special Award
Iselle van den Heever from Fichardtpark Primary School in Bloemfontein. Her project looked at the how planets orbit the sun.
All the medal winners can be viewed here
Congratulations to all participants on qualifying to participate in the 32nd Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair 2012.
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists competition recognises talented students, for their in-depth knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation.
GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental, by including all disciplines necessary to solve real-world issues. The aim is to provide a platform for creative high school students with different talents to work on environmental issues, and give them a gathering place to share their work and create a better future.
Three South African high school pupils recently jetted off to the SUNY Oswego's GENIUS Olympaid in New York. The GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is co-organized by the State University of New York at Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hoerskool Menlopark student, Daniella Van Wyk, Nadia Van Zyl and Carla Pretorius, both from Dundee High school, to compete in this science research competition. This competition will take place from the 22nd to the 28th of June. Over 600 projects will be judged and evaluate during this period and they will compete with close to a thousand pupils from around the world. We want to wish them all a safe and pleasant journey to the United States.