Over 100 talented young learners from schools across the Vhembe District converged at Tshivhase Secondary School two weeks ago for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. This regional science fair, part of a larger initiative, celebrates youthful passion for science and creativity.
Mr. Ndifelani Phalanndwa, Eskom Expo Vhembe Science Fair Director, mentioned that 274 enthusiastic young scientists hailing from the Vhembe region submitted their projects. “These students have invested numerous hours into their research, showcasing truly commendable dedication,” he remarked.
Mr. Simon Mathebe, chief judge of the competition, urged participants to start early on next year’s projects for an improved performance. The Department of Education’s Mr. AR Lukhwa thanked Eskom for supporting the event, recognizing its role in nurturing potential future scientists.
Despite challenges like limited resources and internet connectivity, the students presented impressive energy and engineering projects.
Eight outstanding young minds received prestigious Eskom Special Awards, including categories like Best Female, Best Innovation, Best Energy Project, and Best Development Project. Notably, Dimani and Mbilwi schools excelled in securing the highest number of gold medals at the event.
The learners, who received Bluetooth speakers, were:
- Best female: Mudau Mutshidzi and Mudau Rotshidzwa from Dimani Agricultural High School
- Best innovation: Mandiwana Zwavhudi from Thengwe High School and Rantete Millicent from Kutama Secondary School
- Best energy project: Singo Ankonisaho and Mulaudzi Maduvha from Tshivhase Secondary School
- Best development project: Lukwareni Thoendo Mpho and Siphoro Murangi from Mbilwi Secondary School
These regional winners will soon vie with the nation’s brightest young scientists in October, with a chance to present their work internationally, spanning the United States, Asia, Europe, and Africa.