International science fair winners awarded

October 9th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: EngineerIT

The presentation of the Hendrik van der Bijl Awards was one of the highlights of the special awards evening during the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF), hosted at Ekurhuleni’s Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on 6 October 2017. The awards programme is an industry-sponsored initiative aimed at encouraging young people to follow their passion in science and technology and to encourage them to pursue careers in the technology sector.

The science fair affords students the opportunity to showcase projects based on their own scientific investigations, and to discuss their work with judges and teachers from other schools, among others. By participating in the expo, students increase their awareness of the wonders of science, add to their knowledge and broaden their scientific horizons.

Chris Yelland, MD of EE Publishers, with Lesidi Monnonyane.

Among the 26 recipients of the Hendrik van der Bijl Award was Lesedi Monnonyane, a grade 9 learner at the Hoёrskool Postmasburg whose entry titled “Stokvel gone digital” won at R7000 cash prize sponsored by EE Publishers.

In his project, he proposed that stokvels should digitalise. They should not just invest money in banks but should invest in other institutions too, where they would receive higher yields, yet be safe. Monnonyane has written software to facilitate this and is developing an app that will assist stokvel members to achieve this.

Monnonyane has invited EE Publishers to attend the planned listing of his new venture company on the JSE when it happens in due course!

This year, industry contributed over R160 000 in prize money, with the individual awards ranging between R5000 and R7500. The following companies made the 2017 awards possible: Actom; Aurecon; BME; Copper Development Association; Detnet; EE Publishers; Expolabs; Fluor; Hatch; Institution of Engineering and Technology; ITC; RS Components; Saab Grintek Defence and Versive.

The 2017 winners

 Title Winners
Natural bio absorbsorbents for heavy metals removal Lauren Ann Poole
Exploring cooperative path finding algorithms Brandon Kynoch
Application for spelling and mathematics self-learning Luke Andrews
Stokvel gone digital Lesedi Monnonyane
Salt water lamp; no one should be left in the dark Daniel Holmes
Watching and hearing smart power plug Anica Dennis
Collect water with homemade fog catchers Lucreacia Beukes, Nokhanyo Ponoane
How sugar influences the drying rate of cement Marli Du Toit
Mangler power station Kamogelo Rakgetse
Plastic electro power Shepherd Mhlongo
Harnessing energy from space Nokwanda Mantshintshi
Alternative power generating system Dzunisani Manganyi
Design a portable solar generator Jason Mc Mahon
Let’s add grooves to wind blades Asmaa Elmowafi
Solar hydro backup Milles Thobela
Bacteria: Decomposing plastic faster Uzma Anwarey, Itacia Govender
Producing LPG and diesel from plastics Unarine Mulaudzi
Pop up paraffin lamp Devon Nell
Mixed reality Albert Ottesen
Space and water Jean Pierre Joubert
Mr. Uber Fufhlani Tshivasa
Effect of I on the coefficients of a binomial series Aylana Vorster, Anneri Aspeling
Mars soil plant Thandiwe Mnisi

The Hendrik van der Bijl Awards were introduced by Dr. Stafford Smithies from Victor Solomon and Associates and Chris Yelland and Hans van de Groenendaal of EE Publishers in recognition of van der Bijl’s contribution to science and engineering on numerous fronts.  These awards for excellence originated in 2001 with the introduction of the Faraday Awards, originally sponsored by the London-based Institution of Engineering and Technology.  The awards are typically paid directly to the winner to fund future science projects, to purchase a computer or tablet or to save towards tertiary education. EE Publishers administers the financial aspects of the awards programme, in addition to their award sponsorship, to simplify the handling of award funds

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