South African Scientists Traveling to Dallas for Regeneron ISEF
South African Scientists Traveling to Dallas for Regeneron ISEF. Six talented young scientists from South Africa have been selected to showcase their scientific expertise at the upcoming Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Dallas, Texas. The group earned their spots after impressing judges with their projects at the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF) held in December 2022 as reported by IT-Online.
The Regeneron ISEF will feature a fully in-person event with over 1,700 students from around the world vying for more than R165-million in prizes, including scholarships and various gadgets. Representing South Africa at the competition will be the following learners:
|Brandon de Greef||12||Crawford International Ruimsig, Johannesburg||Evaluation of powdered insulators for High Voltage Applications – assesses the effectiveness of eco-friendly chemical compounds in serving as insulators for High Voltage applications|
|Keitumetse Sebatlelo||11||Carleton Jones High School, Merafong, Gauteng South||Predicting the likelihood and severity of sinkholes occurring in Khutsong from underground water pipes – identifies and analyzes sinkholes in the region|
|Enzo Blignaut||10||Paul Roos Gimnasium, Stellenbosch||The impact of land use type and distance downstream on the general river health and water quality in the Eerste River, Western Cape, South Africa – uses miniSASS to monitor the health and water quality of the river|
|Matthew Witbooy||12||Curro Durbanville, Stellenbosch||Land use effects on soil quality in Philippi, Western Cape, South Africa – shows a significant link between human activities and soil quality|
|Tyla Shepstone||10||Somerset College, Stellenbosch||Smart system for hazardous gas and heat detection and an alert system for households – provides a cost-effective and reliable solution for early detection of fires and gas|
|Yu Tang (Milo) Shan||12||St John’s College, Johannesburg||Soil Moisture Artificially Intelligent Regression in Domestic Garden Environment to Conserve Water – offers a groundbreaking method to predict soil moisture levels in domestic gardens|
Eskom Development Foundation’s CEO, Sumaya Nassiep, commends the young scientists for their hard work, dedication, and innovation that have led them to this remarkable achievement of representing their country on an international stage.
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She encourages other aspiring scientists to be inspired by these young minds and develop an interest in STEMI fields, which are crucial for driving innovation, creating jobs, and boosting the economy.
Nassiep emphasizes Eskom’s belief in investing in education and youth, as they play a significant role in unlocking South Africa’s full potential.
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