Eskom Expo for Young Scientists at the University of Zululand

Sthabile Mthethwa (19) of Khula High School aims to turn sea water into drinking water PHOTOS: Wellington Makwakwa

BRILLIANT young minds gathered for the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists at the University of Zululand at KwaDlangezwa on Thursday.

Hundreds of school pupils from 28 schools across the region showcased their groundbreaking ideas to the panel of highly esteemed judges.

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It’s all about developing young minds for King Cetshwayo District Department of Education director David Chonco and Expo coordinator and director Bheki Manzi

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The expo is the biggest science fair for learners between Grade 5 to 12, and provides them with the opportunity to share their brightest ideas and innovative discoveries.

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‘It is a practical grassroots and higher-level enterprise that engages young people in project work in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI). It is well positioned to develop the inquiring mind of the youth using research to ignite passion around science among our learners,’ said Eskom Expo Public Relations Manager, Iman Allie.

An automatic fingerprint pen by Sinethemba Mthethwa (15) of Aquadene Primary will one day be used to curb the escalating human trafficking


Joshua Bou-Amponsem (18) of Empangeni High School


Grade 9 learners Mandisa Hani (15) and Amahle Cele (16) of Hlamvana High School wish to develop a special wheelchair for the disabled


The expo also had an award ceremony, with the selected participants participating at the Young Scientists International Science Fair on 18 August.

Samukeliwe Cele (18) of Khombindlela High School aims to provide a ‘perfect smile’ with her new toothpaste


Empangeni High School duo Thobeka Mtambo (16) and Andiswa Dunge (16) aim to develop a three-step technique to transform ground water into drinking water


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