Two Grade 10 students from Simon’s Town School and the Lawhill Maritime Centre, Bokamoso Molale and Thamsanqa (Thami) Hoza, have taken second place in the prestigious 3M and Hip2B2 South African Young Innovators of the Year competition held in October.
The competition engages Grade 10 learners from around 100 schools across South Africa in a series of problem-solving workshops designed to nurture an appreciation for science and mathematics in overcoming everyday challenges that affect them and their communities.
The boys – who represented the Western Cape in the national competition – designed a shower-nozzle solution to provide warm showers to those who do not have access to adequate geyser-heated water.
The ‘Hot Nozzle’ is a portable, battery-operated shower attachment that heats dispersed cold water through an internal heating element through the conversion of chemical potential energy.
The two young students – whose homes are in Welkom – are currently boarding at the Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre, having received a bursary for their Grade 10 studies from the SA Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
According to Ms Linda Ferreira, a Mathematics teacher at Simons Town School: “This is the second year that the school has participated in the Hip2B2/3M competition and we are delighted that Thami and Bokamoso’s innovative ideas, combined with their many hours of hard work, planning and research, have resulted in them achieving success in this competition.”
Both Thami and Bokamoso are currently the top Grade 10 students at both Simons Town School and the Lawhill Maritime Centre, where they achieved distinctions in distinctions mathematics, physical science, maritime economics and nautical sciences, amongst others. They also participated in the UCT Maths Olympiad in April this year.
Commenting on the contribution the School’s educators had made in helping them achieve their success, Bokamoso and Thami said: “Mrs Ferreira, who is also one of the duty teachers at the Lawhill hostel – opened the door for us to create this innovation by exposing and informing us about the competition, encouraging us every step of the way which only made us work harder at the project.
“Mrs Alexander, our Physical Sciences teacher, assisted us with the technical details by helping us understand the science concepts that would help us improve our innovation.
“We are truly grateful for the support they gave us.”
The two young innovators are now hoping to obtain funding that will help them develop their Hot Nozzle for production.