Halala: Young SA Scientist Wins Award and R16 000 at USA Science and Engineering Fair

Halala: Young SA Scientist Wins Award and R16 000 at USA Science and Engineering Fair

  • Dashayin “Dash” Gilbert was won more than R16 000 in the physics and astronomy category at the ISEF held in the USA
  • He combined his passion for Formula One with his problem-solving aptitude to investigate the aerodynamics of the cars used in Formula One
  • The Curro Durbanville learner’s project is based on research and comparative analysis of fluid dynamics

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Stellenbosch Grade 11 learner, Dashayin “Dash” Gilbert made quite the impression at the world’s largest pre-college science competition, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta, USA. He was presented with the Third Award in the physics and astronomy category.

The 16-year-old Curro Durbanville learner was awarded more than R16 000 for the research project entitled, “Formula One Aerodynamics”. He was selected to compete in the Science Fair by winning an award at the 2021 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.

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Dashayin “Dash” Gilbert impressed international judges at world’s largest pre college science competition. Image: Eskom Expo/Supplied
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The young scientist combined his passion for Formula One with his problem-solving aptitude to investigate the aerodynamics of the cars used in Formula One. After investigating several variables, Gilbert made significant findings that help us understand the factors that contribute to improving the aerodynamics of Formula One cars.

“Eskom Expo served as a way for me to develop my knowledge about Formula One Aerodynamics and learn as much as I could. My project is based on research and comparative analysis of fluid dynamics.

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The main idea of my project is about financial efficiency as the development of aerodynamics in all regions of science is extremely expensive since either wind tunnel testing or computational fluid dynamics programmes are used,” said Gilbert.

Eskom Group Executive for Government and Regulatory Affairs, Nthato Minyuku congratulated the young lad for his commendable work.

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“Congratulations to Dashayin Gilbert who performed exceptionally in an unfamiliar subject of aerodynamics and brought home this valuable award. Eskom is proud of all the budding scientists who represented South Africa well on the global stage.”

Six other local learners competed in the Regeneron ISEF: Audrey Hunn and Sarah Hackland from Protea Heights Academy in Stellenbosch; Sachin Mohan from Horizon International High School in Johannesburg; Michael Shepstone from Somerset College in Stellenbosch; Kutlwano Tshatiwa from Gabonewe High School in Madikwe, Northwest, and Ra'ees De Witt from Curro Hermanus in Stellenbosch.

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Briefly News earlier reported that seven of South Africa’s finest young scientists travelled to Atlanta, Georgia in the USA to represent the country at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom Masters International Programme which ran from 7 to 13 May 2022.

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The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists made the amazing announcement, sharing that the learners will showcase their scientific brilliance following their achievements in the 2021 Virtual Eskom Expo International Science Fair.

An official statement revealed that the selected projects that are entered in the competition, ranging from research into the aerodynamics of Formula 1 cars to an efficient cost-effective diagnostic system that can autonomously detect respiratory diseases.

Source: Briefly News

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