Enthusiastic young scientists seized the opportunity to exhibit their remarkable scientific and innovative research projects at this year’s regional final of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Namaqua Region in Calvinia.
Several learners in grades 4 to 12 from the region gathered to present their research projects at the event held at the Calvinia Primary School Hall on Friday, 21 July 2023. The evaluation of the projects on display was carried out by judges, comprising educators, specialists, scholars, and avid Eskom Expo supporters.
This regional expo was the first of 38 regional expos planned across all provinces in South Africa, with notable participation observed in the Engineering category.
Eskom Expo’s newly appointed Northern Cape Provincial Coordinator, Heinrich De Wet, said: “The event was not only a great introduction for myself, but for participants and visitors, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the expo’s functioning and its vital role in promoting scientific inquiry and innovation among our youth. It was inspiring to witness the research projects presented by the young scientists, showcasing their passion for science and innovation.”
He continued, “As we move forward, we aim to expand the reach of the expo, reaching even more schools and communities throughout the Northern Cape. Our ultimate goal is to ignite a passion for science and engineering in the youth, empowering them to become the problem-solvers and change-makers of tomorrow.”
Four exceptional young minds were awarded the prestigious Eskom Special Awards at the region’s awards ceremony. The learners, who received Bluetooth speakers, were:
- Best female: Keirah Mostert from Calvinia Laerskool
- Best innovation: Shane Lottering and Jean-Pierre Jansen from Carnavon High School
- Best development project: Stephané Van der Ross from Carnavon High School
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 in, 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 from 3-6 October 2023. This prestigious event offers participants the chance to win prizes, bursaries, scholarships, and various other opportunities. Moreover, learners stand a chance to represent South Africa and present their research and innovations at other 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.