More than just science

The Walvis Bay STEM fair is branching out into various areas to assist learners.

30 June 2019 | Local News

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw



The Walvis Bay Science, Techno­logy, Engineering and Mathema­tics (STEM) fair for girls donated blood glucose monitors to two girls with type 1 diabetes as part of its diabetes project.

The STEM fair sold flowers and encouraged schools to wear denim for a minimal fee on World Diabetes Day last year to raise funds for the project.

Walvis Bay STEM fair founder Anastacia de Klerk said the project was particularly close to her heart as she too suffers from diabetes.

“It's so important to regularly check your blood sugar level and a lot of us can't do that in the comfort of our home.”

The two beneficiaries also received a water bottle, a small bag to carry their insulin injections, lancets and test strips, as well as a notebook and pen.

“It sometimes helps to write down your thoughts as it can get quite overwhelming juggling school as well as diabetes.”

One of the recipients, Edwadine Appolis, a learner of the International School of Walvis Bay, was diagnosed when she was five years old.

She injects herself with insulin five times a day and says she has her good days but there are also the really bad days.

The Walvis Bay STEM fair for girls was created in September 2018 to expose girls who are in grade 1 to 12 to investigate different categories in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Thus far about 29 learners from vari­ous schools have joined the club and have started working on their projects for various science competitions. Ten of the science club members and two winners of last year's STEM fair have been invited by Expo-Sciences for Young Environmentalists Namibia (EYE Namibia) to participate in the Milset Expo-Sciences International (ESI) 2019. This will take place from 24 to 26 September in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

They will be accompanied by six adults who form part of the Nami­bian delegation.

“The competition not only promises a lot of exposure to new things but also a chance for these children to secure opportunities, scholarships as well as funding for their work, which is what the Walvis Bay STEM fair aims to get for its participants,” said De Klerk.

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