The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, an initiative supported by the Osizweni Science Centre, seeks to bring learners together to exhibit their own scientific investigations and engineering projects. The event allows learners to increase their knowledge and awareness in the wonders of Science and Engineering. They are able to explore entrepreneurial possibilities while broadening their scientific horizons. This year’s Mpumalanga Highveld Expo, with over 150 projects entered, was held on 19 August 2017 at the Lillian Ngoyi Centre in Secunda.
Osizweni Science Centre is focused on uplifting Mathematics and Science in the Standerton Sub-Region of Mpumalanga. They have designed unique education programmes in an effort to ensure Grade 12 learners pass with quality results and are able to further their studies. Facilities such as a Science Centre, Science Laboratory, Computer centres, Career Guidance Centre and a Toy Library are available to the community in an effort to support the learning of Maths and Science.
Osizweni has supported the Eskom expo for a number of years. This support includes learner mentorship, science activities and shows, prizes for projects that place gold and silver as well as the awarding of Best Projects over different grades.
The following learners received Osizweni Prizes:
Best Project – Grade 5 to 7 Jan Hendrik Groenewald (Laerskool Kruinpark)
Best Project – Grade 8 to 10 Alanis Medina (St Thomas Aquinas)
Best Project – Grade 11 to 12 Michian Adendorff (Hoërskool Standerton)
The following learners are going to Nationals:
Jan Hendrik Groenewald (Laerskool Kruinpark)
Michian Adendorff (Hoërskool Standerton)
Kyle Longueiria (Middelburg Primary School)
Alanis Medina (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Stephan Hendrik Oberholzer (Hoërskool Secunda)
Bihlebuzile Nhlapho (Kiriyatswane Secondary School)
Khethiwe Khumalo (TP Stratten Primary School)
Rameez Bhabha (TP Stratten Primary School)
Themba Mngomezulu (KI Thwala Secondary School)
Vusi Mhlangu (KI Thwala Secondary School)
Sthembiso Ndlovu (Kiriyatswane Secondary School)
Best Energy – Michian Adendorff (Hoërskool Standerton)
Best Energy efficiency – Jan Hendrik Groenewald (Laerskool Kruinpark)
Best Development – Bihlebuzile Nhlapho (Kiriyatswane Secondary School)
Best Female – Alanis Medina (St. Thomas Aquinas)
A total of 11 learners from various schools in the Highveld Region of Mpumalanga will compete at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair from 3 to 6 October 2017.
Osizweni Science Centre has been a partner to the Highveld expo for many years as we are passionate about bringing young minds together in celebration of Maths, Science and Innovation. Eskom Expo delivers in activating the enquiring mind. The dedication and enthusiasm learners display through their projects is admirable and something to be proud of” said Angela Stratford, Marketing and PR Practitioner at Osizweni.