Pupils take science to the next level

Ms Elinah Zitha, Michaela Schornmann and Mr Eddie Baloyi from the department of education.

The expo affords pupils the unique opportunity to showcase their innovation and ingenuity through projects focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (Stemi). A total of 290 projects from 25 primary and 15 secondary schools were presented in their respective categories ranging from energy, chemistry, innovation technology and other categories.

It also provides a platform for growth and serves as a catchment for future scientists, researchers and engineers. The process involves the submission of innovative science and technology projects by “young scientists” to be judged at their school, on regional and national levels.

This competition targets grade five to 12 pupils at regional level and grade six to 12 at international level.

Penreach and the department of education have been working together since 1999 to ensure that each regional science expo is a success.

Mandlesive Secondary, Enkhokhokhweni Primary, Cyril Clarke and Tiboneleni presented 20 projects in innovation technology, energy, environmental science and psychosocial science categories. Three projects were awarded bronze medals at the award ceremony which took place in the chapel.

Caiphus Chauke and Collen Thobela from Penreach were instrumental in ensuring that participants from Penreach target schools complete their projects for presentation at the regional expo.

One of the shining stars at the competition was Mohammed Hira who won two gold medals in the regional science expo and silver at the nationals in 2015.

This year, his brother, Hamza Hira, follows in his footsteps with a Dr Spine project.

He realised that people have bad postures and that we all tend to continually sit and walk at the wrong angles, which further damages the posture. In the project he has designed a circuit with a flex sensor that beeps when your spine’s posture is at the correct angle.

Hamza achieved a silver and a special award for the Best Development Project. He will be presenting his project at the National Expo at Birchwood from October 4 to 7.

Trevor Hlungwani

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