A Hoërskool Waterkloof learner made his school and the country proud after bagging fourth prize in the engineering category at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair in Taiwan that took place from 28 January to 1 February…

Christiaan Bauman, 16, impressed judges with his project, ‘Mine Safety – The Robotic Way’, which addressed a serious problem experienced world-wide: the lives of miners and civilians being threatened or lost in sub-terrains such as caves.

Bauman built and programmed a robot that could be sent into these subterranean spaces where it would detect life forms, map the space and provide rescuers with other critical data.

“I am thankful for receiving the fourth prize; the science fair was a lot of fun. I made friends from New Zealand, Taiwan, Russia, the US, Canada and Turkey,” Bauman said after he received the award.

He showcased his science project at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF) in October 2018 and won his place to represent South Africa at the Taiwan fair after being nominated by a panel of academics and professionals.

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He impressed judges with his ingenuity, depth of knowledge and mastery of inquiry methodology

“I would like to continue working on my project in the future because I have a lot of new ideas that I would like to pursue,” Bauman said. “Science is a universal language and it teaches you to think creatively and outside of the box. The best part about a science fair is that it teaches you how to think and not what to think.”

Bauman was joined on the tour to Taiwan by Michael Dennis, 18, from Potchefstroom Gimnasium, who also won his place to represent the country at science fair. Dennis investigated water pollution and developed a management tool for modelling water pollution levels.

Dennis plans on furthering his project and adding some of the recommendations that he received at the Taiwan fair.

Michael Dennis, 18, from Potchefstroom Gimnasium, who won a place to represent South Africa at the 2019 Taiwan International Science Fair, is encouraging other promising young scientists to get involved in Eskom Expo. Picture: Supplied

He encouraged other promising young scientists to get involved in Eskom Expo

“I guarantee they will be hooked. I remember my first regional expo – our coordinator was Lydia Maputle and she has such passion, and makes it so much fun that you can’t help but be part of the group – making friends and enjoying the science,” he said.

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty said, “We are really proud of young Christiaan, who has competed with some of the brightest learners in the world and walked away with yet another accolade. The Eskom Expo for young scientists… creates a platform to grow future scientists and engineers for the country,” he said.

Author: ANA Newswire