Two off to international fair for young scientists

SCIENTIFIC: Nkwanca High School pupils who took part in the Eskom expo for young scientists regional final in Grahamstown recently, from left, Owethu Mandela and Nanga Madlangathi Picture: SUPPLIED

Two Nkwanca High School pupils who came up with a generator invention using magnets and a battery as a source of energy will take part in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF).

This was after Owethu Mandela and Nanga Madlangathi, who are in grade 12, were selected at the expo in Grahamstown this month.

The international expo, which attracts pupils from across the world, will be in Boksburg next month.

The event is an exposition, or science fair, where pupils have a chance to showcase their projects after conducting scientific investigations.

Mandela and Madlangathi will be among the 35 contestants from expo regions in South Africa who will compete against the best young scientists from the country and the world.

Nkwanca science teacher Simnikiwe Ndata said the pupils’ generator invention was an amazing one because ordinary generators used fuel and energy to operate.

This means their invention, which only uses a battery and a magnet, will save money and is also more environmentally friendly when the country has energy problems. It makes me proud as a teacher to witness pupils practically applying what I teach in class in their project, which is every teacher’s wish. Mandela and Madlangathi are both hard working, diligent and respectful pupils. They have this great determination to pursue a concept until it reaches its end.”

This is the first time the two pupils will be taking part in the ISF where they stand a chance to win bursaries to further their education and cash prizes. This also means a lot for us. It will put our school on the map because our pupils form part of a team which will be representing the province,” said Ndatha.

She added that this was a great boost for the pupils as the education system in the province was often frowned upon for its poor record of matric results.

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