Campaign STEM – School Science Expo
Date 20 May 2016
Schools Postmasburg, Ratang Thuto and Blinkklip
Maths Centre established a partnership with Eskom Expo for Young Scientists in 2014 with the view of promoting innovation and unlocking the creative energy within our learners. Participation in the expo also cultivates critical skills needed for tertiary study such as research skills and problem solving. Self-confidence is also developed as learners have to present their projects to the judging panel.
Ms. Marna Van Zyl, Maths Centre’s trainer for the Tsantsabane Teacher Development Project organized this year’s school expo for the project schools in Postmasburg. Learners from grades 6-12 participated and the level of submissions was of a high standard. Many participated for the very first time in both the junior and senior divisions.
Leandri Olivier designed a lawnmower powered by solar energy whilst Coenraad Kotze presented his portable solar back-up pack.
Coenraad won gold at the expo and will compete nationally.
Jurie Lambrechts – Grade 9
Jurie Lambrechts competed in the Renewable Energy Category and came up with a wonderful idea to generate electricity whilst children are playing on the roundabout.
Keegan Louw ,investigated using magnetism to generate electricity.
Roney Kotze Enrique van der Merwe
Roney Kotze and Enrique van der Merwe are both Maths Centre scholars and competed in the Plant Biology and New Innovations and Technology Categories respectively.
The Judging panel
Maths Centre trainers (top right) also acted as judges for the various categories.