Klawer is a small town on the West Coast and the home of Patrovsky Adams, a 6th Grade kid with some very big ideas.
It is these big ideas that won him a gold medal and the top prize in the junior Chemistry and Biochemistry category at the ‘Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair’.
The Expo, which was held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre in Gauteng, is a science fair where students have a chance to show others their projects about their own scientific investigations.
The best young scientists are selected from around the country and the world to compete against each other for top prizes in various categories.
The winners of each category get to take home cash prizes, bursaries, laptops and international science tours.
As with all great scientific discoveries, Patrovsky’s big idea started with something small: Moving house.
Earlier this year, his family was busy moving to another house, when they experienced problems with glue residue marks on the furniture.
After attending an Expo workshop in Moorreesburg, Patrovsky decided to solve this problem by experimenting with different solutions.
His teacher saw what he was doing, so she supplied him with the material to complete his experiments.
Patrovsky says that he experimented “on a variety of wood surfaces and different thicknesses to ensure results that are more reliable.”
“In each of my experiments and repetitions, there was a focus on the following: the reaction of each product with the double-sided tape, the reaction of the products with the glue and the reaction of the products with the different wood surfaces,” he added.
His efforts led to him winning a gold medal at the West Coast regional science expo and taking part in the Eskom Expo upgrade session.
He did not stop experimenting however and his pursuit for scientific excellence finally paid off.
He found that a mixture of furniture polish and white vinegar effectively removed fresh and old double-sided tape marks, without any glue residue or damage to the wood surfaces.
Eskom’s Expo Executive Director, Parthy Chetty said that “it is always amazing how innovative our young learners can be, if given the right kind of stimulation and motivation”.
She adds, “This young learner chose to pursue his passion for the sciences by conducting basic experiments at home and practising good scientific methods, to eventually develop an award winning project.
“He is an inspiration to all learners”