The 2019 finals of the SAICE Rand Water AQUALIBRIUM Schools Water Competition took place on 26 July 2019, at Grundfos Head Office in Germiston Johannesburg. Events engineering photographer Johannesburg. Monsoon Photography & Video Productions South Africa.
AQUALIBRIUM – changing learners’ lives one water competition at a time!
About The Competition
Water distribution systems are important to supply safe and clean drinking water to communities. School teams are tasked to design a model water distribution network to distribute three litres of water equally between three points on the grid using two different diameter pipes and connection pieces. They are then judged on how well they execute the task using a penalty points system. The teams have a period of about one hour in which to plan, design, build and operate their network.
This competition exposes learners to the practical application of processes that influence their daily lives, which is how water gets to their homes. They are made aware of the intricacies involved in the design of water distribution networks and the actual water delivery to households.
The grid used for the water distribution network is on a background that depicts the entire water cycle with all the major impacts affecting this scarce resource. This grid intrigues learners, as well as educators, who find it a very useful educational tool.
The competition creates awareness regarding the issues surrounding water in South Africa. It spreads the message that water is a precious commodity, which should be recycled, re-used, and respected, while the use of water should be reduced.
Through this annual competition, SAICE takes the responsibility of spreading the news that water should always be used wisely, not only now during the serious drought situation; that infrastructure should be maintained and that new infrastructure should be developed timeously to provide potable water to all in South Africa.
Read more about the competition here: SAICE Aqualibrium.
Engineering Photographer Johannesburg
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2019 SAICE Aqualibrium Finals Photography. The competition saw regional winners from across South Africa and Eswatini battle it out by designing, building, and operating water distribution networks.
Following an elaborate tour of Grundfos’ sustainable intelligence hub and deliberation, teams congregated for the prize giving ceremony. In third place featured the team from St. Charles College Pietermaritzburg, who included Johan Rautenbach, Boaz Hansen and Caleb Reynard. Following close behind were Pieter Oosthuizen, Francois Roberts, Marthinus Nagel from Hoërskool Grens. For the first time in the competition’s history and placed in first place, were the learners; Sanele Shangase, Sibanisezwe Sangweni and Thembeka Ndlovu from the Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School – a win these students will never forget.
Many of the teams were flown to Johannesburg and accommodated in a good hotel, an experience that these young students and their educators will cherish forever. For most, this is a first encounter with the ‘big city’.
AQUALIBRIUM strengthens government’s initiatives aimed at encouraging learners to take Mathematics and Science at school and to follow a career as a science or civil engineering practitioner. Only in this way can we assure that the quality of life of all South Africans will be better in future!