ESKOM EXPO ENCOURAGING YOUNG SCIENTISTS
By: Mbalenhle Zibani
Two young scientists have a bright future ahead of them.
This is after grade 12 pupils Pule Latebe and Luyanda Mawethu won the award for the Best High School Science Project in the annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair at Birchwood Hotel over the weekend.
Latebe and Mawethu had a great scientific idea to research on the behavioural of water drops, looking at the effect of gravity, temperature and time.
The project, named Falling Water Droplets, stood out and won the Best High School Science Project 2013.
The Science Expo, hosted by the Department of Science and Technology in partnership with Eskom, aims to encourage young people, especially black female learners, to take interest in careers in science and maths.
Eight hundred and seventy eight learners from various schools across South Africa were selected as finalists for the 33rd Annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair. The expo gives learners a chance to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations.
Eskom group executive of sustainability and expo champion, Dr Steve Lennon, said that they are encouraging learners to explore a variety of careers open in the field of science, technology, engineering, maths and innovation (STEMI), while also developing problem-solving skills.
“Learners are encouraged to identify a need or problem in their school, home or community and find a solution to that specific challenge,” he said.
Pule Latebe said that she wants to study electrical or chemical engineering after matric.
“I got interested to science because I want to know how things work around me,” Pule said.
Mawethu wants to venture a career in mathematics and help other young people with maths.
The Eskom expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair hopes that it will attract more female participants in future.