Pupils ex­cel at expo

Go! & Express - - In King - QHAMANI LINGANI

LAST week, pupils from around Buf­falo City Metro (BCM) schools gath­ered at Buf­falo City Col­lege (BCC) for the an­nual Eskom Expo for Young Sci­en­tists’ re­gional fi­nals.

More than 65 pupils from Grade 6 to 12 pre­sented 45 projects to judges at the event.

Pupils com­peted for a chance to rep­re­sent East Lon­don at the Eskom Expo for Young Sci­en­tists In­ter­na­tional Science Fair held an­nu­ally at the Birch­wood Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Boks­burg.

They also stand a chance of win­ning cov­eted prizes such as bur­saries and schol­ar­ships, mobile science kits and even the chance to rep­re­sent South Africa at other pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional science fairs.

Re­gional Science Fair direc­tor Char­lie Caleni said they were grate­ful to Eskom for cre­at­ing a plat­form such as this for young sci­en­tists.

“They come up with new ideas and that is great to see be­cause if we start to de­velop our kids from an early age, imag­ine what they will be ca­pa­ble of do­ing af­ter they com­plete ma­tric,” he said. “We en­cour­age all schools, poor or not, to take part.

“You should see their faces when they go to rep­re­sent in Boks­burg, it is such an achieve­ment be­cause you wit­ness de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm which we en­cour­age.

“This in­creases their knowl­edge about science and that is our aim,” Caleni said.

Kam­valethu Xaxa, a Grade 10 pupil at Eric Mtonga High School in Mdantsane, said she en­joyed her time at the expo be­cause she made new friends, and she looked for­ward to do­ing more prac­ti­cal work. “I love science,” she said.

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