SANTHE trainees judge at national school science competition

Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Durban, South African based SANTHE PhD trainees Sharon Khuzwayo and Bonisile Luthuli, and SANTHE Post-doctoral trainee, Alveera Singh, were all present to hand over SANTHE sponsored book prizes to the Eskom Expo winners.SANTHE Post-doctoral trainees, Shanel Raghubeer, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Alveera Singh, based at the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI), as well as SANTHE PhD trainees, Sharon Khuzwayo and Bonisile Luthuli, also based at AHRI, all put their scientific training and skills to excellent use on August 14 and 15, judging entries at the 2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists and Engineers, Central KZN Regional Expo, held at Durban, South Africa’s International Convention Centre.

The Eskom Expo is an exposition, or science fair, which gives South African scholars a chance to showcase their projects featuring their own scientific investigations. At the Expo, students can discuss their work with judges, teachers and students from other schools, parents, and other interested parties. By participating, the youngsters increase their awareness of the wonders of science, add to their knowledge and broaden their scientific horizons. Eskom Expo’s mission is, “to develop young scientists who are able to identify a problem, analyse information, find solutions and communicate findings effectively”.

The judging of the competition is based on: the value of the project, including its originality, scientific value and command of the scientific investigation; the written communication of the project, in the form of a poster, report and journal; and oral communication.