STEM Club celebrates Earth Day
STEM club members celebrated Earth Day with a visit to the environmental management section of the municipality.
06 May 2019 | Education
Anastacia de Klerk; WVB STEM Club founder; “The theme of this year’s celebration was “Protect Our Species” and focused mainly on protecting threatened and endangered species.”
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club members went on an excursion to the Walvis Bay wastewater treatment plant to demonstrate their support towards promoting environmental protection, awareness and appreciation for the planet.
“The theme of this year’s World Earth Day celebration was ‘Protect Our Species’ and focused mainly on protecting threatened and endangered species,” explained WVB STEM Club founder and coordinator Anastacia de Klerk.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Various events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
The local initiative focused on three species including the Heaviside dolphin, albatross and the Welwitschia plant.
Information on these species was provided to the learners who had to design posters with various key messages.
The finished posters portrayed information on how to protect the three species.
The municipality of Walvis Bay also donated two plants to the club, a yucca and an aloe.
The group that participated consisted of girls and boys from primary schools and secondary schools (grade 8 to 12).
The Walvis Bay STEM club plans on having projects in relation to World Environment Day celebrations in June and the Walvis Bay STEM Fair in September.
The group also plans to host a fundraiser to participate in the International Science Fair.
“We wish that the club keeps growing in size and are looking forward to what the year has in store for us,” said De Klerk.
She assists and provides career guidance to club members who want to go into science related fields.
Her aim is to help the learners who wish to prosper in the science field of their choice, as the club specialises in science, technological, engineering and mathematical practices.
The club has grown from 14 to 30 members (9 boys and 31 girls) over a short time.
Members meet every second Saturday of the month and work on their science fair projects. They also explore science-related topics.