Young scientists were awarded after exhibiting their remarkable scientific and innovative research projects at this year’s regional final of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in Limpopo’s Vhembe Region.
Eskom Expo’s Vhembe Regional Science Fair Director, Ndifelani Phalanndwa, expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the remarkable participation of 274 aspiring young scientists spanning grades 4 to 12, hailing from the region. These enthusiastic minds gathered at the esteemed Tshivhase School Hall on August 12, 2023, collectively presenting a staggering array of 235 innovative research projects.
“A sincere appreciation extends to the entire cohort of learners who actively contributed to the event’s success. Their dedication serves as a testament to their passion for scientific exploration. Our immense gratitude is directed towards the panel of 44 judges, a distinguished assembly encompassing educators, specialists, scholars, and devoted supporters of the Eskom Expo. Their invaluable contributions were pivotal in elevating the science fair to its triumphant stature,” said Phalanndwa.
This regional expo was one of 38 regional expos planned across all provinces in South Africa. This year witnessed an impressive influx of entries in the Engineering category, with 52 innovative projects submitted. Furthermore, notable participation was observed in the Energy and Social Sciences categories.
Eight 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: Mudau Mutshidzi and Mudau Rotshidzwa from Dimani Agricultural High School
- Best innovation: Mandiwana Zwavhudi from Thengwe High School and Rantete Millicent from Kutama Secondary School
- Best energy project: Singo Ankonisaho and Mulaudzi Maduvha from Tshivhase Secondary School
- Best development project: Lukwareni Thoendo Mpho and Siphoro Murangi from Mbilwi Secondary School
A total of 48 learners received bronze medals, seven were awarded silver, and seven received highly esteemed gold medals. Notably, learners from Dimani and Mbilwi schools 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.