Science & Technology Three young South Africans scoop prizes at International Science Fair

Three young South Africans scoop prizes at International Science Fair

International Science Fair
South African young scientists Runè Edeling, Shaziyah Laher and Hritik Mitha at the US Intel International Science Fair

Three young South Africans did the country proud when they scooped prizes at the world’s largest and most prestigious high school science fair.

Three young South Africans did the country proud when they scooped prizes at the world’s largest and most prestigious high school science fair.

The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was hosted in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. Approximately 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions from across the world are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Hritik Mitha from Johannesburg received the USAID second place award for innovation and development in the energy and water category.

Mitha, a learner at Bryanston High School, won a cash prize of US$3,000 for a project on increasing the overall energy efficiency of solar panels by modifying standard solar panels to extract the thermal energy that would otherwise be dissipated as waste heat.

The project investigated if coil and magnets would generate electrical energy using wind, an efficient, renewable and free resource.

Shaziyah Laher from Nizamiye Al Azhar Institute in the Eastern Cape won the fourth award in chemistry for her project on organic biodegradable alternatives to plastic while Runè Edeling from Eunice High School in the Free State won the fourth award in the physics and astronomy category for her project on using dimple technology to optimise the aerodynamics of heavy motor vehicles.

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Eskom Expo for Young Scientists executive director Parthy Chetty said simply making it to the fair was a major achievement for the students.

“Winning at ISEF is about the best you can achieve on the international stage. Eskom Expo continues to provide this unique platform for our young scientists to pursue their dreams and we help them make their dreams a reality,” Chetty said.