Young scientists excel at Capricorn regional expo

Capricorn learners were excited to return to the regional finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists where they had an opportunity to display their science and innovation research projects.

A total of 173 learners from the region gathered at the Ramahlodi Sports Complex from 22 to 23 July 2022 to showcase their innovative science, engineering and social investigations, while 42 judges who are educators, specialists and scholars in the various competition categories and Eskom Expo enthusiasts evaluated and gave scores to the 152 projects that were on exhibition.

This regional expo was one of 35 regional expos planned in all provinces across South Africa – the first Eskom Expo physical science fairs since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the most number of entries were seen in the engineering category with 63 entries. There were also a significant number of entries in the energy category (23 projects), and social studies (10 projects).

Capricorn District Municipality MMC for Strategic Management Services (SEMS), Mahlatji Solomon, who represented the Executive Mayor, pointed out that the government and the private sectors are putting all possible resources and support for the learners to excel in their studies. “The onus is now upon the learners to take up the challenge and perform well in their studies for the development of the nation,” he said.

A total of 37 learners received bronze medals, while 36 received silver and 5 received gold. Learners from LEAP Science and Maths received the most number of gold medals and medals overall.

The Eskom Special Award winners, who each received a Bluetooth headset, were:

  • Best female: Kgaleng Matobole Tlhologelo from Moleshatlou High School
  • Best energy project: Malada Ndivhuwo from Bokamoso High School
  • Best innovation project: Rotshidwa Maphaha from Bokamoso High School
  • Best development project: Lesego Tau from Maremele Primary School

Eskom Development Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Cecil Ramonotsi, said: “As the funder of Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, it has been a welcoming return to form to be able to host a physical expo in the region this year. It was impressive how learners, especially previously disadvantaged learners and girls, were able to develop such innovative projects while still at school, giving assurance that the future is in good hands. Eskom is investing in young scientists through Eskom Expo, which forms part of a broader Eskom strategy of skills development, investing in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) at school level.”

Nthato Minyuku, Eskom Group Executive: Government and Regulatory Affairs, said: “Eskom is committed to nurturing South Africa’s brightest young minds through regional science fairs, where they are able to present their innovations and exposed to the diversity of career opportunities in the scientific world. Eskom Expo remains one of our flagship corporate citizenship initiatives, through which we actively develop the innovation potential, presentation skills and competitive edge of our young scientists. Congratulations to all medal winners who we trust will make even greater strides at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).”

Learners in the region who advance to the ISF, which will be held virtually in October, will compete against the best performing young scientists around the country. At this prestigious event, learners chance to win prizes and bursaries, along with scholarships and various opportunities. Learners also stand a chance to be selected to showcase their research or innovation in an international science fair in the United States of America, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa.

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