Does South Africa have the talent to compete among the best young scientists in the world?
By P Chetty, Eskom Expo for Young Scientists
Electricity+Control, July 2014 (pages 46-48)
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Eskom Expo is South Africa's primary and only existing science fair for school learners, where they have an opportunity to exhibit their own scientific investigations. It is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education and Department of Science and Technology as well as the Presidency. Eskom Expo brings together learners, educators, professional organisations, educational bodies and governments from all over Southern Africa. By participating in Eskom Expo, students increase their awareness of the wonders of STEM; add to their knowledge and entrepreneurial possibilities, while broadening their scientific horizons.
Eskom Expo is using a tried and tested science intervention of promoting research through project-based learning. In order to grow the passion in science and STEM generally, and constantly improve on research capabilities, all professionals in the science fields, especially engineers, are invited to become involved in one (or more) of the following ways:
• Become a judge at one of the 31 regional science fairs as well as at ISF
• Become a mentor to encourage young scientists to think creatively about their scientific research
• Assist with upgrading projects at regional level and ISF level
In return Eskom Expo can offer you:
• The satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a young scientist
• CPD points - approved by your association or employer
• Written credit for doing community engagement at regional and/ or ISF level and again, have it approved by your association/ employer
- Eskom Expo inspires young learners to compete in science competitions.
- Extra-curricula learning is a powerful method of developing competence and interest in a subject.
- Assist youngsters to develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)-related areas.