Cape Town Expo for Young Scientists

Young minds with bright ideas

The Cape Town Expo for Young Scientists is an annual event in which learners from Grade 6 to 12 showcase their investigative projects.

This web site has been designed to tell you all about Expo and to encourage you to participate. Please use it as a tool to help you prepare a successful Expo project.


Cape Town Expo is now on Facebook as well.

Regional Expo 2015

The Regional Expo took place from Monday 31 August to Wednesday 2 September in the UCT Sports Centre.

Regional Expo 2016

The Regional Expo for 2016 will once again take place in the UCT Sports Centre. The planned dates are from Monday 29 August 2016 to Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Entrants and their parents should take careful note of the Code of Conduct.

New: Article on history of Expo

To read more go to

Workshop 21 February 2015

New resources for teachers and learners have been uploaded. Go to the For Teachers page.

Cape Town learners chosen for International Science Fairs

Six learners from Cape Town schools have been chosen to represent South Africa at various International Science Fairs this year (2015). Congratulations to:

Heidi Bottcher: Fish Hoek High: What really attracts boys to girls?: Taiwan

Brendan Weaver: Herzlia High: Sodium Thiosulphate leaching for Gold:

Ronald Dubb: Herzlia High: Platinum - shiny but expensive: Intel ISEF

Anna Midgeley: Herschel Girls High:Leucadendron Sessile, the new super food: Intel ISEF

Fritz Keyser & Josiah Senior: Pinelands High: Portable suntracking solar power kit: Intel ISEF


Brendan Weaver from Herzlia High was awarded a Gold Medal at the I-SWEEEP competion. He also won a prize of $750.

Anna Midgeley from Herschel Girlsí High achieved second place in the plant sciences catergory at Intel ISEF. She also won a prize of $1 500.

Click on the links below for more information about Anna and the other South African learners who did well at Intel ISEF:

Link 1   Link 2   Link 3

Reports describing their experiences from Ronald, Anna, Fritz and Josiah can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links.

Heidi Bottcher from Fish Hoek High School was awarded a silver medal AND best in category award at the Taiwan International Science Fair.

Heidi has also been chosen by the Mail and Guardian newspaper as one of 200 notable young South Africanís under the age of 35. She was selected as one of the Rising Stars of 2015.

Click on the links to listen to Heidiís interviews on SABC1 and KFM. (Clicking on the SABC1 link will start a 36.4 MB download!) You can also read an article on her project in the Huisgenoot magazine.

New Categories and Judging Sheet

There is a new scoring sheet as well as list of category names and numbers for 2015. These documents can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

Ethics in Expo

Be sure to look at the Ethics page before entering projects.

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Cape Town Expo, please contact the Regional Science Fair Director, Mrs Olga Peel.

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