Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati young innovators showcase scientific brilliance at Eskom Expo

A remarkable display of scientific aptitude unfolded in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati region of the North West, where young scientists eagerly grasped the opportunity to present their ingenious research endeavours at the annual regional culmination of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

A total of 159 learners in grades 4 to 12 from the region gathered to present their research projects at the event held at the Rejabotlhe Conference Centre. The evaluation of the 112 projects on display was carried out by 30 judges, comprising educators, specialists, scholars, and avid Eskom Expo supporters.

This regional expo was one of 38 regional expos held across all provinces in South Africa. This year witnessed an impressive influx of entries in the Engineering category, with 45 innovative projects submitted. Notable participation was also observed in Earth Sciences, Energy, and Environmental Studies categories.

Eskom Expo’s Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Regional Science Fair Director, Mr. Mothibi Keetile, underscored the critical importance of not only fostering gender diversity but also expanding the participation of male students in the event.

“The success of the region’s efforts was evident in its achievement of retaining the participation of schools that had previously been involved in the Eskom Expo. Our region’s proactive outreach initiatives resulted in the welcoming of several new schools, particularly those falling within the quintiles 1-3 categories. This expansion is of paramount significance as it demonstrates the Eskom Expo’s commitment to reaching a broader spectrum of learners, including those from underprivileged backgrounds. Encouraging schools from lower quintiles to participate not only provides a level playing field for all students but also promotes equitable access to scientific education and opportunities,” said Keetile.

Five exceptional young scientists were awarded the prestigious Eskom Special Awards at the region’s awards ceremony. The learners, who received Bluetooth speakers, were:

  • Best female: Maikano Senye from P.H. Moeketsi Agricultural School
  • Best innovation: Motsoeneng Kamogelo from Mankuroane Technical High School
  • Best energy project: Peloyame Mphatwe and Leatile Senwedi from Sacred Heart Primary School
  • Best development project: Orateng Matong from Setswakgosing Secondary School

Furthermore, a total of 34 learners received bronze medals, 16 were awarded silver, and 11 received highly esteemed gold medals. Notably, learners from Sacred Heart Primary secured the highest number of gold medals, and overall medals at the event.

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, said: “Eskom Expo’s promotion of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) at the school level is exemplified by the significant role played by this event. It not only provides a platform for talented young scientists to showcase their innovations but also exposes them to a world of exciting career opportunities in diverse scientific fields. The outstanding projects presented by learners, particularly those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and girls, serve as a beacon of hope for a promising future. Congratulations to all the well-deserved medal winners, and we extend our best wishes for even greater achievements at the upcoming Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).”

Advancing learners from the region will have the opportunity to compete against the country’s most exceptional young scientists at the ISF, scheduled for October 2023. This prestigious event offers participants the chance to win prizes, bursaries, scholarships, and various other opportunities. Moreover, learners stand a chance to be selected to present their research and innovations at international science fairs held in the United States of America, Asia, Europe, and across Africa.

For dates and venues of upcoming regional science fairs, click here.

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