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We trust that you are ready for the 2017 EXPO and that you are making good progress with your research?
Please ask for assistance if you need help.  The closing date for entering the regional competition is 31 July.

Click here to access the rest of the Expo website

for all the information you need to participate in the Stellenbosch regional competition later this year

Important dates in the 2017 Expo diary in this region

Closing date for entering the regional competition in Stellenbosch

​31 July 2017

Click here to access the online form to enter.
​Stellenbosch regional competition
24 & 25 August 2017Bloemhof Girls' High School in Stellenbosch/
Bloemhof Hoër Meisieskool, Stellenbosch
​Upgrading of research projects for ISF
​9 September 2017
​Venue to be comfirmed.

Some interesting facts about 2017

  • ​2017 is written as MMXVII in Roman numerals.
  • ​2017 is the year of the Rooster according to the Chinese calendar.
  • ​2017 is the 17th year of the 3rd millennium and the 17th year of the 21st century.
  • ​2017 is a prime number. It is the first "prime year" since 2011. The next one will be in 2027.
  • ​2017 is the United Nation's international year of sustainable tourism for development.
  • ​Kazakhstan will host a world Expo on 10 June . The theme will be "Future Energy".
  • ​A total solar eclipse will take place on 21 August 2017 - just before the regional competition.
  • ​The space craft Cassini-Huygens, after studying Saturn for 13 years, will be disposed of by plunging into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September 2017.
  • ​NASA plans to launch the exoplanet - seeking TESS mission in December. (TESS: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite).
  • ​International scientists plan to complete the world's fully sythetic yeast, intended to use in the production of medicines and biofuels.

This group of learners represented the Stellenbosch region at the ISF  (International Science Fair), the South African National Eskom Expo for Young Scientists competition in Boksburg in October 2016.  We are looking forward to seeing who will be in this group in 2017.

Fransie Streicher from Curro Hermanus was awarded the following special prizes:

  • the first prize in the Chemistry category awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry;
  • a bursary from Stellenbosch University;
  • a bursary form the University of Witwatersrand; and
  • the University of Pretoria Derek Gray Memorial Award.

Asiphe Thwesha from Masibambane Secondary School was awarded a special prize by SIEMENS which entails a science experimental kit and a laptop for her school.

Well done Asiphe and Fransie!!

The full set of results of this group:

Asiphe ThweshaSilver medalMasibambane Secondary School Electrical baby cotInnovation
Neil Basson Silver medalPaul Roos GimnasiumThe effect of water depth on wave velocityEarth Science
Fransie Streicher Silver medal Curro Hermanus Making microbial fuel cells more efficientChemistry
Chanté AdamsBronzeBernadino Heights Secondary SchoolFeeding the feedAnimal Science
Shannon BarryBronzeParel Vallei High School Size and canopy position affects quality of Nadorcott mandarinsAgriculture
Elmay Pieterse BronzeHoër Meisieskool BloemhofSlimy yet satisfyingAgriculture
Nicholas van der MerweBronzePaul Roos GimnasiumStar in a jar - sonoluminescencePhysics
Mari LouwBronzeHoërskool Hermanus The predatory behaviour of domestic catsAnimal Science
Chris-Mari SchreuderBronzeHoërskool BellvilleAccurate air rifle shootingHealth Care and Sport Science
Demi de SwardtBronzeBredasdorp High SchoolOlfactory fatigueMedical Science
Maryke HoogenboezemBronzeCurro Hermanus Smoke and gas alarmEngineering: Electronics and electrical
Bridgette O'ReinBronzeKlein Nederburg Sekondêre SkoolLength and design affect a bridge's bearing capacityEngineering: Chemical, Civil
Joshua Riddle-du PlessisBronzeBridge House SchoolAn effective hockey stick made from waste material?Recycling
Alessandro Rusconi BronzeCurro DurbanvilleWater turbine generatorEnergy renewable: solar, wind, water …
Rebekah Cupido Highly CommendedBridge House SchoolAre fingerprint patterns inherited?Medical Science
Meg JamesHighly CommendedRhenish Girls' High SchoolThe polymer dietFood Science
Claudia JepsonHighly CommendedRhenish Girls' High SchoolOpen water survival kitInnovation

Click here to download the full list of all the results of the 2016 Stellenbosch regional competition 

Below a few pictures of some of the participating schools at the 2016 regional competition in Stellenbosch. More to follow.

​Hermanus High School

​Spurwing Primary School

Rhenish Girls' High School
​Khanyolwethu Secondary School
Gordon High School​

Bredasdorp High School​
Curro Durbanville​

Macassar High School​
Worcester Gymnasiun​

​Paul Roos Gymnasium
Bellville High School

​Bloemhof Hoër Meisieskool


​N​ew​​s from a 2015 international delegation

Two South African girls were chosen at the ISF last year to represent South Africa at the international Environment & Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) rom 29 May to 3 June. They were accompanied by Mrs Erika Hoffman, chair person of the Stellenbosch region to Amsterdam. Click here to read more about that.


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