Eskom Expo to host research and innovation camps

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is hosting several Research and Innovation Camps across South Africa in a bid to equip budding researchers with the tools to produce award-winning projects.

The Research and Innovation Camp initiative is a special intervention for learners who have been identified as promising young scientists. These learners have been hand-picked due to their outstanding performances at Eskom Expo Regional Science Fairs, or at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF). To this end, these exclusive camps are by invitation only.

At the camps, which are taking place in all nine provinces, learners will be given one-on-one assistance to improve and build on their research ideas. They will also be assisted by qualified scientists, researchers, mentors and teachers who are experts in their respective fields.

While some Research and Innovation Camps will be held in a single day, others will be weekend-long events for grades 4 to 12 learners, accompanied by their teachers. Teachers will play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the young scientists at the camps, as they will work closely with Eskom Expo staff to provide at-school support.

Eskom Expo’s physical District Expos are scheduled to take place in May and June 2023, while Regional Expos will begin in July 2023. The hive of activities will culminate in the Eskom Expo International Science Fair near the end of the year.


A pre-requisite for learners to attend the camps is for learners to have a draft Research Plan or viable research idea. At the camps, learners will be guided to refine their research idea; plan their data collection and data analyses; then look at potential ethics violations.

These aspects will be captured in a Research Plan with clear time frames, which is the main outcome of the camps. Thereafter, each learner will work closely with a mentor to complete the research in time to compete at a District Expo, and subsequently a Regional Expo. Several contact sessions, mostly online, will follow as part of Eskom Expo’s ongoing support to develop these young scientists and assist them with producing award-winning research projects of high standards.

A list of upcoming camps is available below. For enquiries, click here to contact a provincial coordinator in your province.

Region Date Venue Number of Learners
East London Saturday 22 April 2023 Fort Hare Campus, Bisho 15
Saturday 20 May 2023 Gonubie High 15
Grahamstown Saturday 13 May 2023 Victoria Girls 20
Mthatha Saturday 11 March 2023 Holy Cross High 15
Saturday 29 April 15
Port Elizabeth Saturday 25 March 2023 Grey Boys Primary 15
Saturday 6 May 2023 15
Bethlehem Monday 20 March The Sentinel Primary 20
Bloemfontein Saturday 18 March 2023 CUT 20
Welkom Saturday 25 Feb 2023 St. Andrew’s Welkom 17
Johannesburg: Provincial R and I Camp (2022 Medalists) Saturday, 25 March 2023 SciBono (TBC) 18
Johannesburg: Ikusasa Lethu Camp (Grade 8 and 9) Tuesday, 04 April 2023 JHB Botanical Gardens 100
Johanesburg: Ikusasa Lethu Camp (Grade 10 and 11) Wednesday, 05 April 2023 JHB Botanical Gardens 100
JHB City Parks and Zoo Eco Research Programme Camp Monday, 27 March 2023 JHB Botanical Gardens 20
Northern Gauteng: UP Pre-University Academy Camp Saturday, 29 April 2023 UP Mamelodi Campus 100
Provincial R and I Camp (2023 Trained Learners) Saturday, 08 April 2023 SciBono (TBC) 20
Mentor Focused Day Camp Tuesday, 28 March 2023 TBC 16
Capricorn Saturday, 18 March 2023 Mastec, Seshego 16
Mopani Friday, 17 March 2023 Tivhumbeni College, Tzaneen 18
Vhembe Saturday, 11 March 2023 Makhado College 15
Waterberg Saturday, 25 March 2023 MPCE College, Mokopane 18
Bohlabela Monday 01 April 2023 Mashishing Secondary School 20
Saturday 22 April 2023 Lydenburg Hoerskool 20
Gert Sibande Saturday 15 April 2023 Secunda Hoerskool 25
Wednesday 05 April 2023 Mpupuluzi Teacher Centre 25
Ehlanzeni Tuesday 04 April 2023 Valencia Combined 15
Nkangala Saturday 12 March 2023 Witbank High School 25
Saturday 25 March 2023 Sofunda Secondary School 25
Bojanala Saturday, 11 March 2023 Academy Christian Education 20
Friday, 17 March 2023 JM Ntsime High School 20
Tuesday, 28 March 2023 New Covenant Academy 20
Dr Kenneth Kaunda Saturday, 18 March 2023 Milner High 20
Friday, 24 March 2023 Phiri High School 15
Saturday, 25 March 2023 Hoërtegniese Skool Potchefstroom 20
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Saturday, 25 February 2023 Goitseone Mankuroane Primary School 20
Ngaka Modiri Molema Wednesday, 29 March 2023 Thuto Legacy 15
Saturday, 04 March 2023 Mafikeng Sub-district Office 20
Eden Karoo 14 & 15 April 2023 Bridgton High School 10
Stellenbosch Wednesday 05 April 2023 iThembaLabs 10
West Coast Tuesday, 04 April 2023 Diazville High School 10

Registration to take part in Eskom Expo is open. Learners in grades 4 to 12 and from TVET colleges in NC2 to NC4 can register their projects by clicking here.

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