Young scientists go for gold

2016-10-19 17:09
These Cape Town learners took part in the Eskom Expo International Science Fair in Johannesburg recently and brought home seven gold medals.

These Cape Town learners took part in the Eskom Expo International Science Fair in Johannesburg recently and brought home seven gold medals.

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A few young Cape Town scientists won gold at a recent international science fair.

The Cape Town Eskom Expo for Young Scientists sent 38 top young science scholars to Johannesburg recently for the Eskom Expo International Science Fair at the beginning of October.

More than 500 participants set up their original projects and underwent rigorous judging by professionals.

At the end the Capetonians performed admirably, bringing home seven gold medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. Ten projects were highly commended.

The Best Renewable Energy awards in both junior and senior categories were scooped up by Capetonians: Katinka Wilkinson from Herschel Girls’ High in Claremont with “Investigation of performance of home-made flywheel energy storage systems” and Seth Vogler and Adam Knoesen of Parklands College with “The generation of electricity using concentrated solar power”.

Katinka also earned a gold medal and the Eskom Best Energy award. Seth and Adam achieved gold medals and were nominated for the Terrapin award.

Michael Wilson-Trollip and Hugo Janssens from Bishops in Rondebosch with “Piezoelectric Transducer tyres” won the HJ van der Bijl award and gold medals.

Chelsea Botha from Parklands College won the National Institute of Theoretical Physics award and a gold medal with “Sensitive flame”.

Another Bishops learner, Derek Reissenzahn, won a gold medal for his “Comparing the performance of three programming language types”.

Other top projects include:

 “I hear and forget; I see and remember” by Jahaan Norodien and Saamiya van Niekerk of South Peninsula High.
 “Cooling down buildings using plastic water bottles” by Junho Ko of Bishops.
 “Water drip sensor” by Julieth Lambert and Juliette Rademeyer of Hershel.
 “What is climate’s effect on infectious diseases?” by Joseph Sweijd of Herzlia Middle School.
 “Where have all the stars gone” by Enzo Peres Afonso of Parklands College.
 “Do licensed drivers need to retake their driver’s test?” by Darren Berelowitz of Herzlia Middle School.
 “Pathway to success” by Zoe Glanz of Herzlia High.

Nine of the Capetonian scholars will be interviewed to possibly represent South Africa overseas at international science fairs.

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