Encouraging youth in science and engineering

The annual Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been presented for over three decades and has established itself as the premier exposition for South African youth to demonstrate their innovation in the fields of science and technology.

The expo aims to develop a strong base of educated and skilled South Africans in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The judging criteria are based on the scientific work and effort that goes into the projects, the initiative displayed and the scientific method followed by the learner, coupled with the quality of the findings and the scientific and technical skills the learner develops. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded at the regional and national finals. A number special awards also recognise outstanding projects and selected learners are offered the opportunity to participate in international science fairs.

VSA consultant Dr Stafford Smithies and EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland introduced the Hendrik van der Bijl Award in recognition of Van der Bijl’s contribution to science and engineering on numerous fronts.

The Hendrik van der Bijl Award awards aim to stimulate sponsors’ direct involvement in expo awards and first saw the light in 2001 when the Faraday Awards, then sponsored by the London-based Institution of Engineering and Technology, were introduced. The Hendrik van der Bijl Awards are an easy way for sponsors to become involved and invest in learners with an interest in science.

The organisers invite companies and individuals to invest in our youth by sponsoring awards for the 2018 Expo for Young Scientists national finals, to be hosted from 2 to 5 October at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. To become a sponsor, contact Hans van de Groenendaal at hans@intekom.co.za or Dr Stafford Smithies at staffordsmithies.consult@gmail.com

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