Young scientists have been awarded after successfully exhibiting their remarkable scientific and innovative research projects at this year’s regional final of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in the Kalahari Region.
Four exceptional young scientists were awarded the prestigious Eskom Special Awards. The learners, who received Bluetooth speakers, were:
- Best female: Lazanri Swart; Curro Kathu
- Best innovation: Alani Voight; Curro Kathu
- Best energy project: Adriaan Opperman; Curro Kathu
- Best development project: Melicia van Zyl; Duineveld High School
Eskom Expo’s Northern Cape Provincial Coordinator, Heinrich De Wet, said: “The Kalahari Region went beyond the recognition of overall excellence, as it also celebrated the finest projects in each category, from Engineering to Social Sciences, through the presentation of special prizes. These accolades were bestowed upon the projects that stood out as the cream of the crop within their respective fields, adding an extra layer of prestige to the event. This acknowledgement further highlighted the exceptional talent and dedication of the young scientists participating in the expo, showcasing the diversity and depth of their innovative research endeavours”.
A total of 43 learners in grades 4 to 12 from the region gathered to present their research projects at the event held at Curro Kathu on 18 August 2023. The evaluation of the 31 projects on display was carried out by 8 judges, comprising educators, specialists, scholars, and avid Eskom Expo supporters.
Furthermore, a total of nine learners received bronze medals, six were awarded silver, and five received highly esteemed gold medals. Notably, learners from Curro Kathu secured the highest number of gold medals, and overall medals at the event.
Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, said: “Eskom Expo contributes to the overarching strategy to foster skills development, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) at the school level, finds its cornerstone in the event we are here to commemorate. This event not only provides a platform for gifted young scientists to exhibit their cutting-edge innovations but also exposes them to a realm of captivating career prospects in diverse scientific fields. The impressive projects showcased by learners, particularly those who have triumphed over previously disadvantaged backgrounds and girls, serve as a testament to the boundless potential of our future. We extend heartfelt congratulations to all the medal winners and offer our sincerest wishes for even greater achievements at the much-anticipated 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.