- Farida Cajee represented South Africa abroad earlier this month at the Taiwan Science Fair
- The 18-year-old scientist won second place in her category
- Cajee invented a mind-controlled 3D-printed prosthetic hand
Farida Cajee is making Mzansi proud. The young scientist bagged a second place in her category at the 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF), which took place earlier this month.
Cajee invented a mind-controlled 3D-printed prosthetic limb using plastic bottles. Not only does her device help amputees but it also helps to save the planet since Cajee uses plastic bottles littering her town to create the invention.
The hand uses 'EEG neuro-feedback technology to control a prosthetic hand’, which aims to be a more affordable prosthetic alternative.
On being awarded the second prize in her category, Cajee said:
“I’m absolutely amazed and grateful to have impressed judges at the fair this much, I really can’t believe it. I made plenty of new friends at TISF who were from Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore, Hungary, Canada and Japan, while learners from Switzerland gave me a whole block of cheese to bring home”.
Now that the fair has taken place, the matric pupil plans on focusing on her schoolwork this year. She hopes to then further her project to try and get it into production.
“Eskom Expo has opened so many doors for me, I’ve travelled halfway across the world, and would like to encourage other learners to take part at least once, because it’s the only place where nothing else matters besides your ideas. Every idea is genius and everything you do at Eskom Expo will open doors for your studies and career."
Last month, Briefly.co.za reported 18-year-old Farida Cajee was set to represent South Africa at the 2020 Taiwan International Science Fair from 3 to 7 February.
"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.
She was joined by Miné Steenkamp from Hoërskool Douglas near Kimberley. The 16-year-old managed to create an innovative technique that will help in forensics.
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