Learner to compete with science project in USA

2019-05-15 06:01
Runè Edeling

Runè Edeling

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A prospective future scientist Runé Edeling, a learner at Eunice High School, Bloemfontein, is among seven learner top achievers for 2018 in South Africa to represent the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

She was selected along with other peers for impressive performance at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF) held October last year. The competition is the only official platform for young scientists to pursue their passion in science.

The finest young scientists will put their ability against the rest of the world displaying their projects - more than 1 800 learners from more than 75 countries.

They can win over R57 million in prizes, including bursaries and high end laptops.

Projects by learners will be on show at the competition from 12 to 16 May.

Projects range from research into an alternative way to create and transfer electricity to increasing the overall energy efficiency of solar panels.

Runé’s project investigates how golf ball style dents or dimples applied on certain areas of the bodywork of a heavy truck can be used to decrease the aerodynamic drag for the purpose of increasing fuel efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The group will be joined in America by Damian van der Merwe from Reddford House Blue Hills School in Midrand, who was selected to represent South Africa in the Broadcom Masters International Programme.

He was the 2018 Eskom Expo ISF junior winner and tested the possibility of being able to assist students to use a new method of learning called educational gamification.

Damian created the SchoolioTM app to allow students to learn through playing syllabus specific games.

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