GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Four learners from the Eden / Karoo district excelled with their science projects at the virtual award ceremony for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists competition.
Entering as a team, Nosiphiwe Nosi and Lelethu Ngqele (Grade 11) of Murray High School in KwaNokuthula, Plettenberg Bay, received gold for their project, Smart Sanitary Pad, under the category Biomedical and Medica Science.
Chloe Parry (Grade 10) at Bridgton Secondary School in Oudtshoorn received bronze for her project, Chewing equals Brain Power, under the category Social Sciences, and Thimna Sijama (Grade 9), also from Murray High School, won bronze under the category Social Sciences with her project, Water Solutions.
This year did not see the usual qualifying rounds in the different regions. The competition accommodated virtual entries from across the country, as well as international entries from, among others, Ghana and Kenya.
"We are so proud of our three regional learners who won medals at the live-streamed virtual awards ceremony held on 15 December," said Eden admin assistant Sonet Strydom. "With many challenges due to the pandemic, the Eden Karoo: Eskom Expo for Young Scientists joined the national online assessment competition at the start of the nationwide lockdown. Learners were assisted remotely via various social media platforms, with mentors appointed in some cases to help with the development of innovative ideas."
Strydom thanked Eskom, all the sponsors, educators, mentors, participating learners, parents, role players, Eden Karoo committee and national officials for making the online competition a memorable affair.
Visit www.exposcience.co.za for more information on the great prizes that were won.
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