Science learners excel in South Africa

WALVIS BAY Learners will have the opportunity next year to travel to Dubai, South Africa and the USA to participate in international science fairs.

20 December 2018 | Education

Anastacia de Klerk, STEM; “We had lectures each night which included a scientist who worked on Marion Island, an astronaut from NASA and the chemistry Nobel Prize winner.”

Leandrea Louw - A group of 17 learners participated in the South Africa Youth Engineering and Science Symposium (SAYEES) in Pretoria recently.

The invitation for the learners from the De Duine and Flamingo secondary schools and Walvis Bay Private School was extended through the Expo for Young Environmentalists (EYE) Namibia to the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) fair for girls.

According to Anastacia de Klerk, founder of the STEM fair, who accompanied the learners on the excursion, it was a great learning experience for the learners.

“We had the opportunity to visit the University of Pretoria’s Science Centre, specifically the chemistry centre to make ice cream, the zoology faculty to research different animals and touch spiders, the mining faculty to go on a 3D tour and we had lectures each night which included a scientist who worked on Marion Island, an astronaut from NASA and the chemistry Nobel Prize winner. Some of the learners even got a chance to see how money is made at the South African mint.”

Six of the learners were also interviewed for the Teenagers on a Mission television show and Selma Kalimbo and Raina Samuel were invited to do a television interview about their projects at the SABC studios in Johannesburg early next year.

Commenting on the experience Sherrylin Auchas said that she had learnt a lot in the short time. “Winning the bronze award motivated me more to continually compete in science fair. This also taught me a lot about my fellow students and teachers and it was a great experience.”

De Klerk said that there are a lot of activities being planned across the country which includes the STEM fair for girls as well as trips to South Africa, Dubai and the United States of America next year.

“In March we plan on taking 20 learners to the Science Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa and we also plan to have STEM Camps for girls during the winter holiday. In August, we will have a science tour to South Africa where we will take 20 learners to participate in the South Africa Youth Engineering and Science Symposium.”

Parents interested in sending their child on these trips or companies and individuals who wish to sponsor any of our endeavours can send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Award winners:

Silver: Helena Nauyoma for how does advertising affect the consumer and Priscilla Shongola for composting from food scraps.

Bronze: Memory Haidula for tooth whitening hacks. Sherrylin Auchas for can I reproduce vegetables from food scraps. Mary Vries for mathematical confusion, Linda Shimbilinga for do people really know how much to eat. Igancia Hamutenya for my budget is proudly Namibian: are local products cheaper than imported products and Omagano Muzanima for exploring endothermic and exothermic reactions also received bronze. Fenny Shongola for does aspirin help plants to grow, Rongeree Kambatuka for does age affect flexibility and Selma Kalimbo for her I heart maths website also took home bronze.

Merit: Eric-Lesley Swartz for do twins have shared interests, Theopolina Shifundo for does housing affect sanitation, Josephine Mbago for gender versus mathematical ability, Andreas Gabriel for the bright side to saving electricity, Festus Shinyemba for electrical conductivity in fruits and veggies and Raina Samuel for her virtual doctor application.

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