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A nerve-wracking moment for learners of Hermanstad Primary School awaiting the
results at a Science Expo hosted at the school. Chris Steyn (right) has a closer look
at one of the projects.
“The importance of Maths and Science to study Engineering should be stressed, even at primary school level.” This is the view of Dr Lodewyk Beneke, Head of the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Industrial Design, after adjudicating a Science Expo at the Hermanstad Primary School in Pretoria recently. 

“I was amazed by the learners’ innovative ideas,” he says.

A total of 700 of the school’s 900 learners participated in the Expo. They could choose literally any topic to show off their skills in their science projects, but were encouraged to use waste materials.

The projects included electronic mouse traps, hanging bridges, lemon batteries, wind turbines and innovative plans to illustrate the disadvantages of sugar and the advantages of solar energy, among others.

Although learners’ marks in Mathematics and Physical Science are satisfactory, they outperformed themselves. Learners representing all academic levels thoroughly enjoyed the day. Parents were allowed to assist with the preparation of the projects.

In addition to Dr Beneke, Chris Steyn and Hendrik van Zyl, both lecturers, adjudicated the projects.

Margaret Cornelius, District 15 (D15) subject advisor, was quite impressed with the quality of the projects.

Elize le Roux, a teacher at the school, says that in addition to the academic knowledge gained, the Expo boosted learners’ self-confidence.





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