Mini Einsteins prove science rules at Plasieland

Tritech, the national science and technology fair was once again presented at Merensky High School on 18 and 19 September. Two hundred and three learners from grade 7 to grade 12, competed with a total of hundred and sixty projects. Tzaneen pupils had the opportunity to match their entries with the best from the different regions, namely Nelspruit, Bosveld and Polokwane.

Merensky High School boasted with the most entries, namely 32 projects presented by 44 learners. Their projects did not disappoint, as five were named category winners. Three pupils came second in their categories, and two came third. All in all Plasie Einsteins won fourteen gold, nine silver and eight bronze medals, meaning every entry claimed a prize. The following Plasie learners won gold medals: Ivan Botha, Alicia Prinsloo, Chris Bill, Michaela Viljoen, Elzette van Dyk, Marlu McLean, Ulrich Koster, Juan-Jacques Moller, Kesia Pohl, Jenna Devenish, Tahiyya Moosa, Michelle Stevens, Carmen Nagel, Anri McLean, Valeriia Avdysh, Precious Nkuna and Ezri Hugo.

It was not all serious hard work, as the participants enjoyed a “wi-Sci” activity at Faerie Glen on Saturday. Regardless of the cold and rainy conditions, they had to protect themselves against the elements and wild animals with potato guns, “ketties”, bow and arrows and knives. They also had to provide fire without matches and pan for gold in the mountain stream.

Representatives from universities like Witwatersrand, Tuks and NWU were impressed with the standard of the competition.