Eastern Cape young scientists shine

An astonishing 70% of people living in informal settlements want to use recycled wastewater to grow their own food. This is one of the findings of an award-winning research effort which was one of around 80 projects showcased at the provincial Eastern Cape Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

The project on sustainable informal settlements earned Kai Bruinders from Theodor Herzl High the Eskom Special Award for Best innovation Project. The research findings showed a willingness to adapt by informal dwellers with 80% open to new interventions in their lives.

Another Eskom Special Award went to Linamandla Manana from Grey Boys for the Best Energy Project. The research project showed that traffic lights can be operated by solar power, with the proviso that the energy generated has to be stored so that the traffic lights can also work at night.

Other Eskom special prizes went to:

  • Best Development Project: Ayabulela Mbhele from Ndzondelelo High who worked on a project to establish ways to extinguish a fire faster, and thereby saving lives as well as water.
  • Best Female Project: Maya de Villiers from the Sunridge School who saved an abandoned guinea pig, learning about its food and mating habits.

A gold medal went to Cole Bennett from Grey Boys for his research that showed that urine can – and should – be used to fertilise gardens.

The Eastern Cape awards event is one of nine provincial events leading into the final Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF), which will be held on 8 October. The ISF will include participants from 35 regions in South Africa and some African countries.

The prize-giving was held virtually on 27 August 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The subjects of learners’ research were so varied. It is fascinating to see how socially astute young people are, and how they want to make a difference,” said provincial coordinator of the Eskom Expo, André Schlemmer.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop school learners from entering excellent research projects for the country’s oldest and most prestigious science fair. A wide range of subjects were covered, ranging from social sciences to energy and engineering. Top of the list, though, was the category of earth sciences.

The Expo is part of Eskom’s broader strategy of skills development, investing in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) subjects at school level, says Schlemmer.

“As the primary funder, Eskom endeavours to cultivate a research mind set in the youth through programmes such as the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists” says Eskom Development Foundation CEO, Cecil Ramonotsi.

Now in its 41st year, the Eskom Expo is endorsed by the Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Science and Innovation, the Department of Basic Education and has also received recognition from the Presidency. It sees learners presenting their scientific research work to judges, professionals from the private sector, academics, scientists, and educators, learners from other schools, parents as well as other interested members from the general community

Congratulations to the following learners for participating

 

Brynique Ward Oatlands Prep School Project title
Ayush Pillay Theodor Herzl High School The Earth Battery
Elovuyo Makohliso Chapman S School Manipulating Photosynthesis
Liam Naidoo Theodor Herzl High School What is the most effective energy source?
Mihlali Ngqinzi Oatlands Prep School Is Grey Water good for your plants?
Lubabalo Makhabane

 

Oatlands Prep School

 

Is Grey Water good for your plants?

 

Sinokholo Manyati

 

Nombulelo S S School

Does shoe design really affect the jumping of an athlete’s jumping height?
Isabella Price Theodor Herzl High School is installing solar panels worth it
Phawu Hlana Oatlands Prep School To Solar Panel or not
Imivuyo Matebese Oatlands Prep School To Solar Panel or not

 

Liara Jones

 

Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School

Protecting Plant Sciences plants from pathogenic infections
Asayamkela Nonxuba

 

Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School

Protecting Plant Sciences plants from pathogenic infections
Oyisa Fani Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School Human Behaviour & Cyber Bullying
Liyabona Gxidolo Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School Human Behaviour & Cyber Bullying

 

ovayo mfihlo

 

Ntsika Senior S School

Management Strategies To Stop Rhinoceros Poaching In South Africa

 

zimbini sintwa

 

Ntsika Senior S School

The use of onion ( Allium Cepa) to regenerate renewable energy in the form of electricity

 

Sanelisiwe Nqweniso

 

Oatlands Prep School

How plants get affected by watering

them with different types of water and coloured water

Colin Fletcher Kingswood College Sweet Potato Crop Sciences
Micha Booysen Paterson High School HOW TO SAVE RHINOS FROM POACHING
Drazene Chansen Paterson High School HOW TO SAVE RHINOS FROM POACHING
Zipho Shumayele Holy Cross Kiddieland Bulletproof suit
Abdurrahman Ahmed

 

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Bio-friendly plastic toys

 

Wongama Seyisi

Khwezi Lomso Comprehensive School

 

QckShare Website

Emihle Hlobo Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School Save water drops
Kungawo Lwana Ntaba Maria Pre-Primary School Save water drops

 

Jeannie Coleske

 

Theodor Herzl High School

Methane gas coming from animal manure (Horse manure)
Lukho Gayi Graeme College Boys’ High E-App & Converter doctor
Ziyolise Shumani Umtata High School Panic Activated Chicken Alarm

 

Adri Clark

 

Stirling High School

Use of bio-decomposition of algae to improve water quality

 

 

Matthew Miah

 

Stirling High School

Use of bio-decomposition of algae to improve water quality
Sixolile Mzamo Excelsior Ss School Sound matter vs atom
Lila Lourens Verkenner P School Why is space black ?
Joseph Moolman Grey Boys P School
Christian Horne Grey Boys P School
Dante Elkington Grey Boys P School

 Highly Commended Winners

Kwakhanya Mbenyana Kingswood College Is Greenwashing Real?
Shalin Jeena Theodor Herzl High School wind powered electricty

 

Anthonij Loots

 

Theodor Herzl High School

Which out of the 5 growing substances is the best for growing beans?

 Bronze Medal Winners

 

Antonio Franzoni

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Does music affect the growth of plants?

 

Carlin Lehman

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Bird Preferences in an Urban and Natural Area

Connor Sauls Grey Boys P School Bye bye Wally the fly

 

Zadie-ann Gamba

Alexander Road High School

 

Eye Exercises

Sarah Jane van der Merwe Theodor Herzl High School

 

Food Fungus

 

Mitchelle Chininga

Alexander Road High School

 

Mask safety – effectiveness matters

Hamish Bardien Paterson High School The Effect of Industrial Activity on the Ph of Water

 

Siphosethu Mtyapi

 

Victoria Girls’ High School

Comparing rainwater, springwater and municipal water

 

Christan Morkel

 

Grey Boys P School

How can I make a pool cleanre that does not use electricity?

 

Jade Meyer

Theodor Herzl High School

 

What Waste?

Kayden Groener Grey Boys P School Water Harvesting Project
Connor Parry Grey Boys P School Which water will work wonders?

 

Adri Fourie

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Affected opinions

 

Francis Lehman

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Do People Really Care About Their Family History?

 

Adrienne Schmidt

Theodor Herzl High School

 

The Who, How and Why of Crying

Jack Manson Grey Boys P School Is your non-dominant hand more sensitive to the cold
Sarah Venter Pearson High School Erosion beneficial?
Suska Beets Pearson High School The mechanical filtering of rain water for domestic use

 

Luke Mason

 

Grey Boys P School

How to Change Air into Water – Different States Matter

Silver Medal Winners

Jessica Coetzer Sunridge P School OLD TEA BAGS BRING NEW LIFE
Micah Wessels Grey Boys P School GAME, SET AND CATCH
Jared Ah Shene Grey Boys P School Metal Corrosion
Aiden Manson Grey Boys P School What type of wood burns the fastest?
Matthew Gibbs Grey Boys P School The Importance of Plant Roots in Soil Erosion
Liam Petzer Grey Boys P School Worm tea vs H2O

 

Max Schewitz

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Can solar ovens be a viable alternative?

Ayabulela Mbhele Ndzondelelo High School

 

FFF(Fast fighter feeler)

 

Morgan Johnson

Theodor Herzl High School

 

The Door Pedal

Russel Stratford Grey Boys P School Next Environmental Catastrophe
Ryan Venter Grey Boys P School Dust Zapper
Tyler Kelly Grey Boys P School Let’s go “Ballistics”
Bryce Loenen Grey Boys P School May the force be with you
Jarrod Le Roux Grey Boys P School North to South, East to West, Magnets Germinate Seeds Best
Rosalie Reid Kingswood College Are horoscopes accurate or is it placebo effect?

 

Kaitlyn Baxter

Theodor Herzl High School The effect of screen time and sleep time on academic performance.

 

Kaela Goodall

Theodor Herzl High School

 

The Fear Factor

Anfred Jansen Grey Boys P School Just drink it.
Chloe Du Preez Pearson High School Water Filtration System

 Gold Medal Winners

 

Ali Mehdi Rizvi

Graeme College Boys’ High Germination And Plant Growth Of LED Lights Compared To The Sun

 

Aidan Miltz

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Animal Behaviors during the levels of lockdown

 

Maya de Villiers

 

Sunridge P School

Rescuing Frieda: The rescue and care of an abandoned guinea pig
James Chree Grey Boys P School Carbon vs. Speed
Zach Nutt Grey Boys P School Reusing PPE-Covid free !
Luke Parker Grey Boys P School Corrosion Explosion
Cole Bennett Grey Boys P School Can ‘Wee’ save the planet?
Ayanda Manyela Grey Boys P School Clear Clean H20
Tristan Krige Grey Boys P School Could this be South Africa’s First Wave Pool?
Markus Potgieter Grey Boys P School Desalination Creation
Petrus Lafras Moolman

 

Grey Boys P School

 

Fish heads and tomatoes

Lincoln Creighton Grey Boys P School TO WORM OR NOT TO WORM
Linamandla Manana

 

Grey Boys P School

 

Investigating the possibility of solar-powered traffic lights

Thomas Scowby Grey Boys P School Drive Smart and Save Money
Georgia – Mae Botha Kingswood College Helping the Earth one drain at a time.
Aiden Zeelie Theodor Herzl High School The Iron-arm. Engineering for a safer workplace
James Wright Grey Boys P School Physical Effects of Fortnite
Kai Bruinders Grey Boys P School Sustainable Informal Housing
Abrie Jordaan Grey Boys P School Sand on the loose

 Best Category Winners

Agricultural Sciences

 

Ali Mehdi Rizvi

Graeme College Boys’ High

Germination And Plant Growth

Of LED Lights Compared To The Sun

Animal Sciences

 

Aidan Miltz

Theodor Herzl High School Animal Behaviors during the levels of lockdown
Biomedical and Medical Sciences

 

James Chree

 

Grey Boys P School

 

Carbon vs. Speed

Chemistry and Biochemistry Luke Parker Grey Boys P School Corrosion Explosion
Earth Sciences Ayanda Manyela

 

Grey Boys P School

 

Clear Clean H20

Energy Linamandla Manana

 

Grey Boys P School

Investigating the possibility of solar- powered traffic lights
Engineering Georgia – Mae Botha Kingswood College

 

Helping the earth one drain at a time.

Environmental Studies Chloe du Preez Pearson High School

 

Water Filtration System

Physics, Astronomy and

Space Sciences

 

Bryce Loenen

 

Grey Boys P School

 

May the force be with you

Plant Sciences Jarrod Le Roux Grey Boys P School

 

Social Sciences

 

Kai Bruinders

Theodor Herzl High School

 

Sustainable Informal Housing

 Rhodes University Bursary winners 

Georgia-Mae Botha Kingswood Helping the earth one drain at a time Gr 9
Ayabulela Mbhele Ndzondelelo High School FFF (Fast fighter feeler) Gr 12
Rosalie Reid Kingswood Are horoscopes accurate or is it a placebo effect? Gr 9
Mitchelle Chininga Alexander Road High School Mask-safety-effectiveness matters Gr 9
Zadie-ann Gamba Alexander Road High School Eye exercises Gr 12

Eskom Expo Prizes

Best Development Project: Ayabulela Mbhele Ndzondelelo High School FFF(Fast fighter feeler)

  

 

Best Female Project:

 

Maya de Villiers

 

Sunridge P School

Rescuing Frieda: The rescue and care of an abandoned guinea pig

 

Best Energy Project:

 

Linamandla Manana

 

Grey Boys P School

Investigating the possibility of solar-powered traffic lights

 

Best Innovation Project: Kai Bruinders Theodor Herzl High School Sustainable Informal Housing

 

Your email address will not be published.

div#stuning-header .dfd-stuning-header-bg-container {background-image: url(https://exposcience.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/bg-slider-stars.jpg);background-size: cover;background-position: center center;background-attachment: scroll;background-repeat: no-repeat;}#stuning-header div.page-title-inner {min-height: 360px;}#main-content .dfd-content-wrap {margin: 0px;} #main-content .dfd-content-wrap > article {padding: 0px;}@media only screen and (min-width: 1101px) {#layout.dfd-portfolio-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars,#layout.dfd-gallery-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars {padding: 0 0px;}#layout.dfd-portfolio-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars > #main-content > .dfd-content-wrap:first-child,#layout.dfd-gallery-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars > #main-content > .dfd-content-wrap:first-child {border-top: 0px solid transparent; border-bottom: 0px solid transparent;}#layout.dfd-portfolio-loop > .row.full-width #right-sidebar,#layout.dfd-gallery-loop > .row.full-width #right-sidebar {padding-top: 0px;padding-bottom: 0px;}#layout.dfd-portfolio-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars .sort-panel,#layout.dfd-gallery-loop > .row.full-width > .blog-section.no-sidebars .sort-panel {margin-left: -0px;margin-right: -0px;}}#layout .dfd-content-wrap.layout-side-image,#layout > .row.full-width .dfd-content-wrap.layout-side-image {margin-left: 0;margin-right: 0;}
How can we help you?