Genius teen, 18, to represent Mzansi at international science fair

Genius teen, 18, to represent Mzansi at international science fair

- Farida Cajee is set to represent South Africa at the 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair

- Cajee received the opportunity after impressing judges at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF)

- The 18-year-old invented a mind-controlled 3D-printed prosthetic hand that would help amputees

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Farida Cajee, a pupil at Hoërskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West, is set to represent Mzansi in Taiwan from 3 to 7 February.

The 18-year-old bright pupil and another South African, Miné Steenkamp, were selected by a panel of academics and professionals following ISF to represent the country at the National Taiwan Science Education Center in Taipei next month.

Eskom Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty said:

"As we start 2020 with the Taiwan science fair, it is very admirable that we have two female learners representing South Africa, and who can encourage more girls to take up science-related studies and careers. We wish them well in their upcoming challenge and have faith that they will represent South Africa to the best of their ability.”
Genius teen, 18, to represent Mzansi at international science fair

Photo credit: Farida Cajee: Mind controlled, 3D printed prosthetic limbs/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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Not only does her device help amputees but it also saves the planet since Cajee uses plastic bottles littering her town to create the invention.

"I wanted to find a solution to very visible problemss at the time my social media was filled with 'save the earth' posts and that’s when I realised my town has so many plastic PET bottles laying around," she said at the time.

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