After winning gold at the 2017 ‘Eskom Expo for Young Scientists’, Pinelands High’s Chase Newel will be heading off to Pittsburgh in the US to represent South Africa at the ‘Intel International Science Fair’.
Chase’s project is called, ‘The Design and Testing of an Ankle Induction Coil Cellphone Charger’, which tries to charge mobile phones using a special coil in an ankle pocket during movements. To put it simply, Chase is developing a device that would charge a cellphone while you are walking or running. However, inventing new technologies takes time and the current matriculant had been working on his invention since grade 9.
The Eskom Expo is South Africa’s largest science competition where the brightest young scientific minds from schools across the country compete in different categories. It is a tough competition and its winners have gone on to become top scientists and engineers. In addition to winning gold in his category, he also won the award for outstanding engineering and the special prize for ‘Best Energy Efficiency’.
The youngest of four sports crazy boys, Chase was also part of the Western Province under 16 Hockey Team and when he was 12, the active young man swam a distance of 1.5km out into the sea for a charity event. He is also the deputy head boy of his school.
His three older brothers are also very active in academics and sports (his eldest brother is currently completing his degree in engineering at UCT). Their supportive mom and dad (who is originally from Durban) admits that it is a bit stressful when you have four boys that does not mind getting injured on the sports field or swimming out into the ocean. They are however very proud of what Chase and his brothers have achieved thus far.
Chase will be heading off to the Intel International Science Fair in May of this year. The Science Fair is hosted by the world’s largest chipmaker, Intel, and Chase will be competing against 1700 learners from across the globe. Only the best young scientific minds are invited to compete and the winners can win prizes of up to R900 000.
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