Pupils, put your thinking caps on

2015-07-22 06:00

CALLING all Grade 9 and 10 masterminds and innovators.

The Hip-2B² 3M Innovation Challenge this year focuses on the theme of “Science. Applied to life”.

The call is now for Grade 9 and 10 pupils to enter the 2015 challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative­ solutions to everyday problems.

In response to the high air pollution produced by the Richards Bay’s industry, Sulakhe Nhassengo and Christiaan­ de Jager, from Durban High in KZN, won last year’s challenge with their idea of a solar-powered oxygen manufacturing apparatus (OMA). The OMA transforms gasses, most notably carbon dioxide, into harmless gas and fuels through electrolysis for a more sustainable environmental footprint.

Hip2B² was founded in 2002 to promote the study of maths, science and technology-related subjects as a means to develop problem-solving skills and analytical thinking.

Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards a growing culture of entrepreneurship, which will better ensure South Africa’s future economic prosperity.

In teams of two, Grade 9 and 10 pupils can enter their own innovation for a solution to a real problem that affects them, their family or their community, using science and maths applications.

Pupils can join a free workshop to develop their idea or to talk to an expert about the problem they want to solve, in KZN on 20 August.

To book a place at these workshops, e-mail innovation@hip2b2.com

The closing date for entries is 14 September. Two finalists per province will be selected.

For more information and to enter a team into the 2015 Hip2B² 3M Innovation Challenge, contact project manager Lizelle at 021 976 3366 or e-mail lizelle@wwd.co.za - Supplied


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