SA learner, 16, comes up with new method to collect forensic data

SA learner, 16, comes up with new method to collect forensic data

We've said it before and we'll say it again - South Africa does not have a shortage of bright young minds and 16-year-old Miné Steenkamp proves it.

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Miné Steenkamp, who attends Hoërskool Douglas near Kimberley, will represent Mzansi abroad after she won Eskom’s best innovative project award at the Eskom Expo ISF.

According to the Expo's Facebook page, the bright 16-year-old managed to create an innovative method that will help forensics identify human blood more efficiently.

Steenkamp uses Artemisinin combined with Luminol to retrieve evidence more accurately from crime scenes.

The innovative teen told SABC News that the combination will only react to human blood opposed to the current method uses, which is prone to false positives.

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Take a look at Steenkamp explaining her innovation: previously reported on another bright pupil who will join Steenkamp at the 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair.

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 pupil and 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.

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