Welkom hosts expo

2015-08-26 06:00

THE annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists will be held on Friday (28/08) and Saturday (29/08).

A very successful mini expo was held on 11 August at the St Andrew’s School in Welkom.

It certainly was a booster injection to the participants, says Anina Nel, chairperson of the expo for the Northern Free State Region. Nel says it was an excellent exercise during which first-time judges could develop their judging skills.

The mini expo’s participants also received valuable feedback from the judges. This helped to improve their projects for the regionals, says Nel.

Letitia Reyneke, a committee member for the Northern Free State Region, agrees as to the value of this exercise.

“The participating children got self-confidence from this exercise,” says Reyneke. “It helped them to be more assertive, specifically when expressing themselves verbally to the judges on their topics.”

The mini expo prepares the learners for the task ahead, at regionals. There were 48 projects, all by learners of Welkom High, St Dominic’s, Welkom Gimnasium, the Harmony Primary School and the Lephola Secondary School.

All indications are that the quality of projects is excellent.

The expo runs a special course annually to develop teachers to assist learners in preparing their projects at the participating schools.

“This year was as successful as last year and we foresee not only an increase in numbers, but projects of a higher quality,” says Nel.

“The input from the region is getting better and more intense each year and this shows how seriously we regard this expo. We thank each teacher, parent and learner for the hard work and preparation so far and we look forward to a bumper expo this year.

“The competition will be run at the Welkom Campus of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State.”

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