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SA school’s miniature energy saving house wins challenge

17 September 2013 – St. John’s High School in (Johannesburg) won the first prize for the 2013 Junior Cyber Junk Yard Challenge. It was one of five technical high schools and further education and training colleges across South Africa which went head-to-head in the final round of one of South Africa’s most popular science and engineering competitions.  

In the 2013 edition of the Siemens Junior Cyber Junk Yard Challenge, learners had to design, build and program a fully functional home energy management system. They had to implement principles of load balancing, power usage calculations and basic logic control along with the principles of cost management.

Schools that made the final round and presented their solutions were HTS John Vorster (Pretoria), George Campbell School of Technology (Durban), Brackenfell High School (Cape Town), Daniel Pienaar THS (Port Elizabeth) as well as St. John’s High School (Johannesburg).

The five teams were selected from 25 schools and colleges during the regional round of the Siemens Junior Cyber Junk Yard Challenge in July 2013.

Now in its 10th year, the Siemens Cyber Junk Yard Challenge is an annual highlight at engineering faculties and its success at tertiary institutions led to the launch of the junior challenge in 2011. “This contest inspires youngsters to focus on maths and science so they can pursue a career that excites them,” Siemens South Africa chief executive Siegmar Proebst says.