Friday, 10 October 2014

Supernova at Eskom Expo for Young Scientists!

The Supernova team visited the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists which is held from the 7th to the 10th of October. We had the opportunity to meet some very clever, curious kids as they showed off their scientific talents, which were very interesting to see.

Raihaan Bhyat, who is in Grade 7 and is from Johannesburg, made a working wireless iPhone charger, while Heidi Böttcher in Grade 8 from Cape Town explained the age old question “What really attracts boys to girls?” This was extremely enlightening! Sinethemba Latha, in Grade 10 from KwaZulu-Natal, told us how colours in our bedrooms affect our moods. For example, how warm and cool colours can influence our general perception towards reality. Nolene Viljoen in Grade 10 from northern Gauteng has already developed a vaccine for Cowdriosis, also known as ‘Heartwater’ which is a bacterial disease, originating in ticks, which affect all species of antelope, excluding Springboks who are naturally immune.

The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is a non-profit organisation which strives to promote an interest within the fields of science and technology in order to promote careers that are orientated around these specific areas. This is an expo for young scientists from all over the country in which they are able to discuss their projects with teachers and judges, as well as learners from other schools. Their awareness of scientific wonders is increased as well as their scientific horizons broadened.

Sinethemba Latha
The event takes place annually at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The students who are selected as finalists receive international exposure to various career opportunities associated with technology, engineering, science, innovation and mathematics. They also stand the chance to receive mobile science kits, laptops, bursaries to various universities, electronic equipment and money.

The prize giving ceremony will take place on Friday the 10th of October.
Best of luck to all the talented young-scientists currently, taking part in this expo. We at Supernova are holding thumbs for you!

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