Meet the 13-year-old girl who created a solar-powered cooler box


Tumelo Ramokone, a grade 7 student at Mapudithomo Primary School in Nobody village earned the amazing accolade with her innovative cooler box. The science fair allows pupils to share innovative and ground-breaking inventions based on their scientific findings. Judges voted her the best of the talented bunch thanks to her solar-powered device which keeps food, beverages and medicine cool. In addition, it’s able to charge mobile phones as well.

The Sowetan Live reported that Tumelo got the inspiration following a trip to Mpumalanga in 2016. She said the family’s ice melted in the standard cooler box they had. It then took them a lot of time and effort to find a shop with ice and this led her to realise the need for one driven by solar energy. The humble young lady credits her sister for her efforts in creating the breakthrough device. Tumelo said:” After my teacher told us about the expo I wanted to create a solar-powered umbrella but she convinced me to follow my long thought project. Kgaugelo is into arts but she really helped and encouraged me in completing my project. She would be searching information on the internet while I tried to assemble the parts.”

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Beverages can stay cool for 1 whole day when the cooler box is fully charged. Her parents funded the project and confirmed the total cost to be R2500. The prize for the family’s hard work was a laptop, R500 prize money, a gold medal and the prestigious prize for Tumelo.


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