Friday 29 January 2016 saw two South African learners walk away with top awards at the Taiwan International Science Fair.
Erjee Dames from Eden Karoo has won first prize of 2000 Taiwan dollars in the Engineering category with his project -a novel device to measure the exact height for high jump athletes” Erjee discovered that high-jump athletes are not always aware of the exact height they are jumping. They know that they are clearing the height set by the bar, but not their specific height, which may in fact be a record without them even knowing it. The purpose of this project was thus to design and make a device that will enable high-jump athletes to know exactly how high they are jumping.
Marnus Slabbert from Northern Gauteng won fourth prize in the Physics category with his project- the influence of filtered light frequencies on plant growth. Marnus performed experiments to determine if the frequencies of the colours of pigment differ from the frequencies of the colours of filtered light. The third experiment was performed to determine whether the different colours of filtered light have an influence on plant growth.
The two learners were selected to participate at the Taiwan International Science Fair (ISF) at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists ISF in October 2015. Only the most outstanding learners are handpicked by the Expo’s international selection committee to represent South Africa at ISFs, such as the one in Taiwan.
In the coming months, more learners who have been selected at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists ISF will be representing South Africa at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project (I-SWEEEP), the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).