MALABAR’S Al-Azhar Primary Institute swept the board at the Eskom Science Expo for Young Scientists held at NMMU recently.
Pupils won 21 medals – six gold, five silver and 10 bronze.
Three of the six gold medalists – Haanim Baboo, 14, Nazley Limbada, 15, and Muhammed Desai, 15, all Grade 9 pupils – have been selected to compete in the International Eskom Science Expo for Young Scientists in Boksburg from October 3 to 6.
The expo will also see young scientists from Japan and the US taking part.
For Haanim and Nazley’s project, appropriately named “Do you know what you are drinking?”, the girls tested water from nine different suburbs in the Nelson Mandela Bay region for bacteria and dissolving salts.
They were crowned winners of the Food and Science category for their project.
“We placed an open circuit in the water to separate the water particles from dirt and discovered water from the areas we tested exceeded the total solving solids level. This water has the potential to cause illness, and over time, even cancer,” Nazley said.
Muhammed scooped the title in the Innovation and Technology category with his project Robocar.
“It is a car which drives itself. I designed a program allowing me to preplan the car’s trip on a computer. I put the chip in, turn the car on and it follows the instructions,” Muhammed said.
“For the finals I am going to install sensors. Should the car come across any obstruction en route, it will be able to manoeuvre its way out and continue with the pre-planned path.”
Al-Azhar science teacher Kader Armagen said the pupils had made the school extremely proud.
“Prior to this competition we had an internal science competition which we judged. We gave feedback to the pupils on how they could improve their projects. We will continue to do what we can to ensure their success,” Armagen said.
The other three gold medalists were Mohammad Riyaad Howard, Shumeez Lagardien and Raadiyah Desai. Saudiqa Benjamin, Zahrah Limbada, Faatima Patel, Amina Kassiem and Nasira Hendriks won silver.
Niyaaz Abrahams, Arashaad Davids, Luay Essop, Abdul-Azeez Leander, Shuaib Brown, Yusuf Hassan Munga, Mustafa Salegie, Faheema Mamoojee, Sumaiyah Hendricks and Maajidah Davids won bronze.