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Problem-solving and hands-on skills – Danie Gouws

Danie Gouws is studying electrical and electronic engineering at Stellenbosch University. He attended Hoërskool Hermanus in the Western Cape. Danie was selected for the NSTF Brilliants Programme in 2021.“My father also has a great love for science and mathematics and works in a related field. He exposed me to mathematics and physics-related concepts and encouraged me to learn as much as possible about the field.”

I got involved in tutoring as part of the Presidential Awards programme and tried to support and encourage fellow students struggling with these subjects. During my school career I tried to participate in as many Olympiads and similar competitions as possible to develop a strong set of problem-solving skills.

Tell us a bit about your school?

I grew up in Hermanus and attended both primary and high school in this quiet coastal town. I matriculated from Hermanus High in 2020 with physical science, engineering, graphics and design (EDG), accounting, mathematics, advanced programme maths, English and Afrikaans first language.

Why did you choose the course you are studying?

I would like to continue to learn about the topics I have been introduced to through projects related to the field of electronics and robotics. I would also like to one day apply the skills, practical experience and interest I have gained throughout the last few years and embark on a satisfying and stimulating career. Consequently, I have chosen to study a degree in electrical and electronic engineering at Stellenbosch University. Read More about the fascinating electronics and coding projects that Danie has been involved in since his grade 11 year, including the building of a robot and a quadcopter.

Why did you enjoy science and maths?

My favourite subjects were mathematics, physical science and EGD. From a young age I have had an interest in science and especially mathematics. This is largely due to the fact that my father also has a great love for science and mathematics and works in a related field. He exposed me to mathematics and physics-related concepts and encouraged me to learn as much as possible about the field. I attended numerous electronics workshops at the South African National Space Agency where my father is employed and got to assemble a large number of small electronics kits over the years. Needless to say I became fairly familiar with a soldering iron at an early age, regardless of many blisters acquired through inexperience. I got involved in tutoring as part of the Presidential Awards programme and tried to support and encourage fellow students struggling with these subjects. During my school career I tried to participate in as many Olympiads and similar competitions as possible to develop a strong set of problem-solving skills.

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