Dhiya turns up the heat with science project win

St Benedict's SPAR Star of the Month, Dhiya Dharampal.

GRADE 9 learner, Dhiya Dharampal, was chosen as St Benedict School’s (SBS), SPAR Star of the Month after she represented the school at provincial level at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists 2017.

There were about 600 learners in attendance, representing schools from throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

Dhiya won a gold medal and achieved the highest mark in her category.

She was also awarded the prize for the best and highest overall central region winner for the Eskom Expo 2017 which is a phenomenal achievement.

She went on to represent SBS at national level at the Sustainable Development Expo which took place at the ICC in September.

Dhiya studied the effect which different temperatures have on the surface tension of water.

This project investigated an unnoticed but vital part of how the world functions.

The surface tension of water is a dense layer of molecules on the surface of water which is able to support objects which are denser than water.

Dhiya investigated the impact that temperature has on the dense layer of molecules that sit on the surface of water, and tried to observe whether a similar effect happens out in the real world.

Results showed that when the temperature of water increases, the surface tension decreases. This could be problematic in the world as high surface tension is needed in all ecosystems.



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Sanelisiwe Tsinde

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