Create: Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:10
Author: JeVanne

Young scientists who embarked on scientific research including a water treatment system; a solar powered umbrella; a study into the differences between privileged and underprivileged children; and a CV writing programme have won their place to represent South Africa at the 2019 Kenya Science and Engineering Fair.

Siphesihle Sithole from Mehlokazulu High School in Pietermaritzburg; Ntendeni Nephawe from Mbilwi Secondary School in Vhembe; Caroline Boshoff from Cape Recife High in Port Elizabeth and Norman Mashiri from Dr Joseph Shabalala Secondary School in Ladysmith will be showcasing their projects at the Kenya fair after impressing judges at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF) in October last year.

Sithole’s project involves a water treatment system that uses solar energy and biomethane generated from the digestion of waste in the treatment of water for household use. It offers an innovative and affordable approach to solving a water crisis and environmental pollution.

Nephawe developed a solar powered umbrella charging port and cooling fan with increased rate of electricity demand and consumption. The device is able to charge about four mobile devices in an hour.

Boshoff’s project is entitled ‘Sakha Isizwe Ngemfundo’. Translated to English, it means ‘to build the nation through early education.’ Her research analyses the differences between privileged and underprivileged children during early development.

The trio will be joined in Kenya by Mashiri, who designed and programmed a mobile application that would simplify the task of writing a CV and other documents. It takes the mobile application 3 minutes to successfully build a CV, depending on the user’s response and the processing speed of the device. No computer skills are required whatsoever.

“Eskom Expo is thrilled to be able to send these bright young scientists to represent South Africa in the oldest science fair on the continent, in Kenya,” says Parthy Chetty, Eskom Expo Executive Director.

“In the past, our learners have always enjoyed their stay and experiences in Kenya, as they exchange stories of their different cultures, experiences and environments. Eskom Expo continues to provide a platform and opportunities for young scientists to showcase their talents, as part of the national initiative of South Africa,” he adds.

The Kenya fair takes place from 7 to 12 April 2019 in Nairobi. South Africa participates in this fair as it offers learners an opportunity to present their research to their peers from other countries, while promoting cross-cultural communication and educational exchange.


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