SOUTH AFRICA : 36th ESKOM EXPO FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
The grand finale of the Eskom Expo for young scientists kicked off at the Birchwood hotel and conference centre in Johannesburg. For this year, the register 43% school participation across the country with 60% ladies participations. The three-day Eskom Expo for young scientists international science fair (ISF) is South Africa’s largest school-level science fair which is also a national initiative.
In 24 different categories that range from agricultural science this year, we got 488 of the most outstanding projects by 580 participants. The competition will be with medals and a number of special prizes up for grabs such as bursaries, laptops, gadgets and trips to other international science fairs. Notice that all the value for competition is more than R4 million. One of innovation this year is that Siemens company sponsored the grand prize with a full scholarship valued at R1 million to study Engineering in Germany.
Mr Seliki Tihabane, Eskom’s Acting Group Executive has charge to open officially the Eskom Expo. Mr Leo Dlamini and the Chairman of the Eskom Expo Board of directors for transmission and risk and Mr Pieter Pretorius for sustainability. They congratulate the participants to use the unique platform provided by them for young scientists ISF as an opportunity to expend also their horizons by interacting with scientists, engineers and academics. For Mr Tihabane, it is very exciting to see such enthusiasm towards science amongst young people because science is benefit for humanity ,it make the world a better place and got the power to make it happen. Scientific advancement is in the hands of young scientists ,he inspired by the fact that someone know science can make a difference in to the next generations.
It is the fifth time since 36 years, that others countries have participated with learners and educators travelling from countries like Mexico, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland to attend this prestigious science fair. The department of public enterprises, department of science and technology, department of basic education has received recognition from the presidency to endorse the Expo.
However, the 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. The government, through the department of basic education and the department of higher education, want to make sure that they create opportunities for all learners by ensuring that every primary school has a library and a science. Mr Tihabane is also proud because the Rainbow nation have a good representation amongst the young scientists this year.
Eskom objective is to show to the learners that science is fun and stimulating. Science open probably several opportunities for youths learners. The international science fair is open to the public today, 6th October 2016 from 13h30 to 17h00. Entrance is free, the public is encouraged to attend and appreciated the young Rainbows scientists.