Africa’s Top Young Scientists Gather at Eskom’s Science Fair

  • The Young Scientists International Science Fair is the country’s largest school-level science competition.
  • The event brings together over 500 future engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and innovators from across the African continent and Mexico.
  • Global technology company Siemens is one of the major sponsors.
  • School teams compete for a chance to take home prizes worth more than R8.5 million.

Boksburg will be buzzing with excitement from 2 to 5 October as hundreds of young scientists from across Africa descend on the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre to compete in the 38th annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF).

More than 500 of Africa’s top future engineers, chemists, physicists, mathematicians and innovators will be competing at the country’s largest school-level science fair for a chance to take home prizes worth more than R8.5 million. This one of a kind event does not only bring together the brightest young scientists from across South Africa, but also friends from Lesotho, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and Mexico.

These bright young minds have earned a spot at the Eskom Expo ISF after beating the competition at a series of regional finals, and they will be poised to showcase their innovative projects to a panel of judges and industry experts in the hope of bagging one of the top prizes – a scholarship to study in Germany sponsored by Siemens, as well as 16 full bursaries to study anywhere in South Africa from Eskom.

For 38 years now, the Eskom Expo has been cultivating a passion for the sciences in young people, giving participants a fun and exciting way to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI).

“The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists creates a platform for future scientists and engineers across South Africa, to establish a base for their future careers. The competition is a great launch-pad for motivated youngsters keen to explore these fields and change not only their circumstances but their environments for the better. It is an ideal catalyst for unearthing the country’s brightest young minds in mathematics and science and also opens their eyes to the various options and many exciting career opportunities available in the extensive scientific world,” says Executive Director of the Eskom Expo, Parthy Chetty.

The Eskom Expo has always sought to foster an interest in the sciences and through strategic support, enable promising young scientists to pursue their interest at a tertiary level, thereby creating a pipeline of young talent to serve across a range of industries. From laptops right through to university scholarships, the Eskom Expo is truly enabling young people to pursue their dreams.

Engineering and digital technology giant, Siemens is one of the major sponsors and has been involved with the Eskom Expo for the third year running. The company has committed laptops and science kits as well as three full local bursaries plus an incredible opportunity for one young scientist to go through a three and a half year mechatronics or electronics apprenticeship at the Siemens Technical Academy in Berlin.

Source: Eskom Media Desk

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