Friday, October 30, 2009

Joshua brings home Gold

Linda Jaquet –

Prince Albert’s Joshua Fodor and his team mate, Yaghia Mitchell, won gold medals at the National Finals of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, held in Pretoria on 10 October for the Township Geyser they invented. Both are Grade 10 learners at the Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology and represented Cape Town at the National Finals.

Joshua and Yaghia developed the geyser in response to the Think Green theme of the Southern Peninsula Science Expo earlier this year, where they won silver medals. They have since improved on the geyser’s design and workings and were overjoyed to have won gold.

The geyser is effective, economic and easy to build. It consists of an oil drum, a 5-litre water bucket, about one metre of 5-cm copper pipe and one connecting join. The oil drum has a small opening cut at the bottom of one side for the fire place and all the parts can be sourced at minimal expense.

Well done, Josh and Yaghia! Prince Albert celebrates your success with you and knows that you will soon represent South Africa at international fairs for young, up-and-coming scientists.

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