The 34th annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists took place at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Boksburg between 8 -11 October 2014. The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor attended this prestigious event. The goal of the Expo is to give some of South Africa’s best student scientists a chance to show off their unique innovations and compete for various prizes.
A total of 822 learners from 31 regions were chosen at district and regional finals to participate on national level. The Expo judging panel, which included our own Necsarians, Dr Michael Hayes, Mr Phillip Pare, and Mr Gilbert Lekwe, reviewed the learners research projects in the 25 categories. Winners in each category received bronze, silver and gold awards as well as prizes such as laptops, mobile science kits, university bursaries, cash and electronic equipment.
“The Eskom Expo’s primary aim is to encourage the youth of South Africa and Africa to participate in science, technology, engineering, maths activities in order to promote an interest in these areas with the long-term view to developing scientific skills,” says Eskom.
The public also attended the Expo to view the exhibitions and support the participants.
On 9 October, Mr Gilbert Lekwe had the honour of being the Programme Director for the National Science Olympiad and Astro Quiz Awards, organised by SAASTA and DST and held at the Swan Lake Conference Centre in Centurion.