Andries Els and Christofel Barnard. Credit: Eskom

Two South African young scientists took home awards at the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair last week – the first time Eskom Expo for Young Scientists sent a delegation representing South Africa to this prestigious science fair.

Andries Els and Christofel Barnard (both 17) designed a cost and energy efficient cooler box, which won most innovative science project overall.

The South African power utility said in a statement that the pair also came second in the physics category and also received the prize for the most innovative project in the category.

The two students have been invited to participate at the Kenya Science Week in Nairobi in May 2018.

Thava Govender, Group Executive: Transmission and Acting Group Executive Sustainability & Risk, said: “Eskom is a world class energy provider and is proud to be the driving force behind the Eskom Expo for young scientists, which provides this fantastic platform for budding young scientists to thrive.

“The international competitiveness of our country lies in the hands of young scientists and innovators like these two budding scientists.” Read more…

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The parastatal explains that the Eskom Science Expo provides a platform for the learners to increase their awareness and knowledge of the wonders of science and also hopes to broaden their scientific horizons and encourage them to pursue careers in the sciences by igniting a passion for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“By the very nature of its activities, it is making a contribution to improving the scientific, technical and research skills of young people, and providing an excellent opportunity for teachers to engage in the type of activity promoted within the education curriculum,” the utility explained.

The Expo provides an ideal opportunity for both teachers and learners to develop skills in scientific project work.

Now in its 37th year, the Expo is endorsed by the Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Basic Education and has also received recognition from the Presidency.

It sees learners presenting their scientific research work to judges, professionals from the private sector, academics, scientists, educators, learners from other schools, parents as well as other interested members from the general community.

 

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