Teen’s project has pupils adding up

2015-10-20 06:00
Glen Mpho Makhoba (18), a Grade 12 pupil at the Leadership College in Manenberg, shows off the bronze medal he earned at the International Science Fair in Johannesburg.


PHOTO: 
Earl Haupt

Glen Mpho Makhoba (18), a Grade 12 pupil at the Leadership College in Manenberg, shows off the bronze medal he earned at the International Science Fair in Johannesburg. PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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A Grade 12 pupil at the Leadership College in Manenberg has racked his brain and come up with a potential solution to get his peers to excel in Mathematics.

Glenn Mpho Makhoba (18) has returned from the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair in Boksburg with a bronze medal for his project entitled “Teaching Maths to the hard-to-reach pupils”.

Makhoba earned a gold medal for the project during the regional competition at UCT. It was also judged to be the best development project in the region.

The Expo is South Africa’s only existing science fair for school pupils to exhibit their own scientific investigations and engineering projects. The event is attended by professional organisations, educational bodies and governments from all over the world. Pupils participate in 25 different categories and can submit an individual project or enlist another student to work on a group project. Students may enter one project in one Eskom Expo region per year.

Makhoba’s lightbulb switched on when he saw the growing need for pupils to take Mathematics as an essential part of their academic training and realised that many of his peers faced a seemingly insurmountable problem.

“The project dealt with the psychological factor that children have towards maths. I aim to change that psychological factor, because as we speak, children are negative towards maths. So what I am doing is changing their perspective, making them into harder workers and better achievers in maths,” says a beaming Makhoba.

Along with the bronze medal prize, Makhoba’s project was also the most commended at the Expo. Beyond these accolades, the pupil from Manenberg says he will cherish his experience the most.

“It was one of the best science fairs I have ever been to, because I met a lot of people from different countries. I met a lot of cultures, I met everyone from SA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Mexico. It was a great experienc. Coming from Manenberg, we never had so many resources and to be competing with people so great, it was a wow factor for me.”

we, Nigeria and Mexico. It was a great experienc. Coming from Manenberg, we never had so many resources and to be competing with people so great, it was a wow factor for me.”

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