A new generation of aspiring scientists converged in the Bojanala Region to present their innovative research projects at the highly anticipated Eskom Expo for Young Scientists regional final.
A notable turnout of 386 learners in grades 4 to 12 from the region gathered to present their research projects at the event held at the Rutanang Education Centre in Rustenburg on 28 July 2023. The evaluation of the 296 projects on display was carried out by 31 judges, comprising educators, specialists, scholars, and avid Eskom Expo supporters.
This regional expo was one of 38 regional science fairs planned across all provinces in South Africa. This year witnessed an impressive influx of entries in the Engineering category, with 95 innovative projects submitted. Furthermore, notable participation was observed in categories such as Energy, Earth Sciences and Social Sciences.
Eskom Expo Bojanala Regional Science Fair Director, Morapedi Bodigelo, said: “The majority of schools that attended our workshops throughout the year, followed through on their commitment to enter learners into the regional science fair, resulting in a remarkable participation of more than 45 schools this year. As a region, we take immense pride in achieving a significant milestone of two decades dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the next generation of young scientists.”
Four 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: Amira Abba from Zinniaville Secondary School
- Best innovation: Uthmaan Bhabha from Zinniaville Secondary School
- Best energy project: Tsebo Mabitle from Mmamogwai Secondary School
- Best development project: Botshelo Makondo from Leokeng Secondary School
Furthermore, a total of 83 received bronze medals, 43 were awarded silver, and 17 received the highly esteemed gold medals. Notably, learners from Nur-Ul-Imaan Muslim School secured the highest number of gold medals, and overall medals at the event.
Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty, emphasised the need to nurture young scientists through the Eskom Expo. “The event forms a vital part of South Africa’s broader strategy to invest in skills development, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation (STEMI) at the school level, while providing a platform for talented young scientists to present their innovations and gain exposure to exciting career opportunities in diverse scientific fields. The impressive projects showcased by learners, particularly those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and girls, highlight a promising future ahead. Congratulations to all the medal winners, and best wishes for even greater accomplishments at the upcoming Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF),” he said.
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 the link: https://bit.ly/3m4zKIO