Scientists off to US

2018-05-01 06:00
From left are Frank Smuts, Gabriele Gess, Olga Peel and Chase Newel.

From left are Frank Smuts, Gabriele Gess, Olga Peel and Chase Newel.

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Three young scientists are ready to represent South Africa at the Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 May.

The learners’ science projects excelled at different national competitions and they were selected to go to the Science Fair to showcase their inventions to other nations.

Chase Newel from Pinelands High School won a gold medal for outstanding engineering and “Eskom energy efficiency” at the International Science Fair held in Johannesburg in October last year, with his “Design and testing of an ankle induction coil cellphone charger” project .

Gabriele Gess from St Cyprian’s was selected for her project titled “How can honey bees survive in dry summer months?” This is reportedly the first detailed study of pollen sources for honeybees in the Piket Bo-Berg.

Frank Smuts from Parklands College was chosen for his Schlieren photography project, which uses algorithm to calculate density. He built the apparatus from scratch and it can be used for aerodynamics and for measuring the density of cylindrical air flows.

The Cape Town Science Fair hosted an expo on Tuesday 24 April for the learners to show off their skills to the local community before heading off to another demonstration at the Bishops Diocean College’s Bio Lab.

The learners say they are ready for the challenge and are looking forward to exploring science from outside their comfort zones.

Newel says: “It is a huge honour to represent South Africa at an international level. I am gaining the fruits of my hard work on this project, which I have improved on even more in preparation for this competition.”

Gess says she is privileged to be representing South Africa as a technological and scientific hub.

Olga Peel, the regional director of the Science Fair, says the hopes and dreams of all young South African scientists are with these “three wonderful superstars”. She wishes them the best for their experience in the United States. “We hope they bring back lots of silverware and have a wonderful time,” Peel says.

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