African Press Association

SA young scientists to compete in global stage

JOHANNESBURG – SEVEN of South Africa’s finest young scientists will represent the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the United States.

One of the most brilliant South African young scientists to represent the country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Keira van Niekerk poses for a photo.

They will showcase their brilliance at the event scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona from May 12 to 16.

The learners are top achievers who were selected following last October’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF).

The girl-dominated group was selected for the fair in Phoenix after demonstrating an advanced and in-depth understanding of their research fields, producing research of an international level and addressing contemporary issues as they experienced them in their own unique contexts.

Projects by learners selected to take part in the competition, range from research into an alternative way to create and transfer electricity to increasing the overall energy efficiency of solar panels.

Parthy Chetty, Eskom Expo Executive Director, said the promising young scientists were going to enter the international stage of the largest science fair in the world, thereby opening up new adventures and creating new lifelong memories and friends from across the world.

“As ambassadors of South Africa, they are looking forward to this new chapter in their lives,” Chetty said.

The scientists will compete alongside more than 1 800 learners from more than 75 countries for over R57 million (US3,9 million) in prizes, including bursaries and high-end laptops.

– CAJ News