South Penin­sula High’s sci­ence boffins shine at expo

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

PUPILS of South Penin­sula High School in Diep River beat their peers from 49 other Western Cape schools to scoop more than 40 medals at the Eskom Expo for young sci­en­tists. Sixty pupils vied for top hon­ours in the con­test last month, with a record 480 projects sub­mit­ted for the three- day expo at UCT.

South Penin­sula High won 10 gold and 32 bronze medals, se­cur­ing it a spot in the next round.

The 10 gold medal­lists will join pupils from Her­zlia, Bish­ops, Her­schel, St Cyprian’s and Park­lands at the In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fair in Johannesburg next week, where they will rep­re­sent the Cape Town re­gion.

Six of the projects pre­sented by South Penin­sula High will be in­cluded in the con­test.

The pupils in­volved range in age from 13 to 16, in­clud­ing four Grade 8s, four Grade 10s, and one Grade 11.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Zeid Baker said the school had hosted in­ter­nal mini- ex­pos for the past six years.

“This has been our best medal haul in the 11 years of our in­volve­ment. The cat- egories var­ied from so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal sci­ences, to en­gi­neer­ing and re­new­able en­ergy projects, as well as health sci­ences,” he said.

In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fair fi­nal­ist Grade 11 pupil Thaaki­rah Isaacs said she was ex­cited about her and the school’s achieve­ment.

Her fel­low pupils had worked on their projects since the be­gin­ning of the year, with their sci­ence teach­ers set­ting them tar­gets, most of which they man­aged to achieve.

Daniel Wil­liams, a Grade 10 pupil, re­ceived a bur­sary of­fer as a prize from the Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy for his project, ti­tled Wind “Hertz” Sound.

“The school in­volves stu­dents in tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion projects as we be­lieve that the best way to un­der­stand sci­ence is to ex­pe­ri­ence sci­ence and sci­en­tific re­search,” Baker said.

“South Africa is a de­vel­op­ing coun­try and it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all of us to en­sure that we pro­duce sci­en­tif­i­cally lit­er­ate young cit­i­zens who can con­trib­ute to the growth of our econ­omy and the well-be­ing of all its cit­i­zens.”

asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za

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Pupils of South Penin­sula High School who scooped 42 medals at the Eskom Expo for young sci­en­tists last month are head­ing for the In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fair in Johannesburg to rep­re­sent Cape Town next month.

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