Bursaries worth R5 million and a R1 million scholarship to study in Germany are ultimate prizes on offer for winners of the 2019 Eskom Expo International Science Fair.This competition for aspirant young scientists is aimed at nurturing future scientist. Prizes present the winners a chance to embark on an international tour from America, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa. This year’s national final is set to be held from 24 to 27 September in Johannesburg. Selected finalists from 35 regional expos in South Africa will compete against other young scientists from around the country and around the world for the ultimate prizes.The Free State will be represented nationally by a team of 41 learners who will showcase their innovative science projects in the different categories. The group made it to the national final after their projects were chosen as the best – winning gold awards at the regional expo held in Bloemfontein, Qwaqwa and Welkom, respectively. These were held at the Central University of Technology campuses and the University of the Free State during July and August. The Free State finalists were chosen from over 260 innovative research projects across the regions submitted in 13 categories by the learners representing over 24 schools per region. Judges evaluated projects based on the scientific method, creativity, written work and oral presentation, culminating in 22 receiving gold medals.The Bloemfontein region has 11 learners, Welkom region 13 and Bethlehem 17.Anina Nel, director of the science fair Welkom region said: “The Eskom Expo provides a platform for the pupils to increase their awareness and knowledge of the wonders of science and also hopes to broaden their scientific horizons and encourage them to pursue careers in the sciences by igniting a passion for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”The Eskom Special Award winners, Bloemfontein region are: Micayla McMahon of the Eunice Primary School (Best Energy Project), Phakiso Thinane of Senankwagwedi Secondary School (Best Innovation Project) Michelle Britz and Chrismarie van der Walt of the Laer Meisieskool Oranje (Best Female) and Abigail Bloem of the Eunice High School (Best Development).The Welkom region Special Awards recipients are: Mia de la Hunt of the Theunissen Combined School (Best Female), Amahle Matoli from the St Andrew’s School (Best Innovation and Technology project), Badanile Zangwa from the Lesiding School (Best Development Project) and Rehobile Mosea from the St Michael’s School (Best Energy Project).