SA learners win at science fair

2011-05-17 12:50

Johannesburg - Two South African pupils were awarded top prizes at an international science fair in California, digital company Intel said on Monday.

"This global competition features youth trying to solve the world's most pressing challenges through science, and we're very proud of the South African learners who excelled in the international stage of the competition," said Intel SA corporate head Parthy Chetty.

Danielle Boer, a 17-year-old pupil from Newcastle, was awarded a R420 000 scholarship for her study on how to increase the productivity of factory workers using music.

The other pupil, 16-year-old Alessio Giuricich from Cape Town, won a second place prize of R10 500 at the Intel Grand Awards, for a study about sugar dependence in teenagers.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Isef) is the world's largest school science competition.

More than seven million pupils compete in local science fairs with the aim of reaching the Isef.

Only 1 500 are invited to share their ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for over $4m in awards and scholarships.

"The hard work and gruelling hours of research evident in these learners' projects paid off in the end," Chetty said.

  • Ben - 2011-05-17 12:56

    Nice one guys. Keep it up!

  • daaivark - 2011-05-17 12:57


  • LexLuther - 2011-05-17 13:22

    I thought Malema said to kill the Boer? Maybe he was after her prize for his study on nationalizing mines and how it can enrich the politically connected (see "comrade" Gupta for more info) and at the same time destroy a country's economy. Bloody agents!!!

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-05-17 13:24

      Dude... Seriously. Stuff the politics.

      LexLuther - 2011-05-17 13:42

      You guys are being so anti-revolutionary.

      daaivark - 2011-05-17 13:42

      WTF!~?? Get help, ou.

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 14:55

      Bloody agent!!!

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 15:02

      rammstein.f4n.....seriously. We've been trying to stuff the politics for the past 17 years....but it's constantly thrown in our faces, dude....I just LOVE this article: Two WHITE kids making it at international level at an international science fair in California.....where there's NO Affirmative Action or Black Economic Empowerment schemes to make up for the lack of ability and potential. Good for them...and you know what's going to happen next? They'll get scholarships....and are LOST to South Africa....because this country doesn't have what it takes to keep them here and benefit from their potential. Oh, sorry, no...they HAVE what it takes to keep them here and benefit from their potential...BUT THEY WON'T!!! And why not? One simple reason only. THEY'RE WHITE...

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-17 13:43

    Brilliant...just shows that all is not lost. Great Potential !!!

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 14:58

      Great potential, you say? And I thought potential didn't matter in the new South Africa? Ooops, sorry, now I was in "International Competition" held at a science fair in California. No Affirmative Action or Black Economic Empowerment two white kids made it!!! Just goes to show....

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 13:46

    Great one! Viva South Africa!

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 15:05

      Yes. Great one. Viva White Potential....

  • PNutz - 2011-05-17 13:48

    Well done to those pupils, their parents and teachers. Its great that finally some good news come from our education systems. Proud to be an SA citizen.

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 15:41

      Exactly. Well done to these pupils....and their parents (who's taxes the government is quickly to grab and squander on sub-standard education where there's zero potential or achievement...just a "struggle") and their teachers (who, against all odds, are still doing their best while being discriminated against on a daily basis by the "rainbow nation's government) to make something out of "zero potential" learners with a race-based attitude who doesn't HAVE to achieve because AA and BEE will take care of long as their mommys and daddys vote for the right party!!!

  • NuttyZA - 2011-05-17 15:00

    And don't forget this little guy, 14 year old Luke Taylor who has made it to the semi finals of the Google Science Fair.

      Xram62 - 2011-05-17 15:36

      Good for you, Luke....No Affirmative Action or BEE to help you....or prevent you from reaching your full potential. You go for it.

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