Pretoria pupil wins gold at Turkey’s science fair

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Pretoria schoolboy Joshua Sylvain de Miranda won first the prize and gold medal in chemistry at the Oğuzhan Özkaya Education-Karademir Science Energy Engineering Fair (OKSE2F) in Izmir, Turkey, recently.
by OWN CORRESPONDENT | Jul 19, 2018

De Miranda, a Grade 10 pupil at Tyger Valley College and a member of Bet Menorah congregation, was one of three South African young scientists who returned home with prizes after competing at the international science fair.

The fair brings together high school students from around the world to present their scientific and technological research projects and share their culture.

De Miranda was selected to exhibit at the OKSE2F while competing against 600 other participants at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair. Young high school scientists are invited to exhibit their research projects at the Eskom Expo in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, energy, mathematics-computer and robotics.

De Miranda’s research centred on a flame retardant that would delay the spread of fires in informal settlements.

“Every year, we are impressed by the ingenuity shown by the participants at Eskom Expo,” said executive director Parthy Chetty said. “Their commitment to finding innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems, such as sustainability, is admirable. Eskom Expo recognises and rewards their contribution to the global knowledge base.”


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