Selma and Ruana won at ICT Summit

Rudi Bowe

Rauna Samuel a grade 11 learner at De Duine Secondary School and Selma Kalimbo, a grade 9 learner at Flamingo Secondary School represented the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) fair for girls with hundreds of Information and Communication Technology, (ICT) experts for the 5th National ICT Summit in Windhoek.
The Summit that was held under the brand “Digital Transformation for an ICT smart Namibia”created a platform for the ICT industry to discuss trends and challenges facing the industry globally and in the country and also exposes the youth to latest ICT trends and affords them the opportunity to also present their latest innovations and inventions.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Stanley Simataa has called on Namibians to consolidate the role ICT plays in the industrial revolution. Simataa made the call at the opening of the fifth annual National ICT Summit in Windhoek. Simataa said, “For our country to avoid remaining on the periphery of this revolution, we must contemplate a host of policy and regulatory interventions that will place us in better stead to harness the benefits of this imminent and unavoid-able development.” “Namibia’s ability to adapt and drive digital transformation across all segments of society will determine the extent to which the country will join the league of prosperous nations with equity of opportunities” Simataa added.
Rauna Samuel, won the first place in the formal education youth exhibitor category with her a cell phone application that she made that she called ‘Virtual doctor’. The application diagnose illnesses, recommends medicine and if you need to see a doctor.
She said that she hopes that project that will have an impact on the Namibian people. She requires about N$50 000 to complete the application and as soon as she receives the mush needed to complete the app and make it accessible to everyone with an iOS or Android phone.
Rauna is working with Joachim Shilongo, one of three local entrepreneurs who created a free emergency application that consists of all the emergency numbers in Walvis Bay.
The application, which can be found on Google Play Store, contains the numbers of the Fire Brigade, E-Med Rescue, St Gabriel Ambulance, G4S, Sea Rescue, Namport Fire and Port Control, Nampol and Municipal Traffic, Tourism Info Centre, Walvis Bay Municipality Services, Erongo Red Services, Police Services, Community against Crime, as well as the Kuisebmond, Narraville and Meersig Neighbourhood Watch.
Rauna will participate in the South African Youth engineering and Science Symposium (Sa-Yees) hosted by the University of Pretoria from 5 to 9 December.
Selma Kalimbo, created a website called ‘We heart Maths’.
The aim of the website is help grade 8 and 9 learner to understand and find mathematics easier, especially with the new curriculum. Upon completion the website will have simplified mathematics explanations, as well as exercises and activities.
Selma said that to get the website up and running she needs approximately N$25 000 to finish the website and she also requires a domain host and need to make it more learner friendly by adding GIFs and animations. She also has plans to create a web-site for physical science.
Selma presented the web-site at the Walvis Bay Science Technology Engi-neering and Maths (Stem) fair for girls where she won the price to showcase her project at the Mouvement International pour le Loisir Scientifique Et Technique (MILSET) International Science Fair in Mexico later this month.
The founder of the Walvis Bay STEM fair for girls Anastacia de Klerk said that the she created the fair to encourage girls from grade 1 to 12 to become interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics which were believed to be male dominated fields in the past.
She is extremely proud to see that these projects can be developed into some-thing bigger for these learners as this is what the Walvis Bay STEM fair is all about.
Anastacia also mentioned that Laura Damster and Ashley Rheeder will participate in the bi-annual Expo Science International competition scheduled to take place from 22 to 28 September 2019 in Abu Dhabi and that Fenny Shilongo will participate in the Genius Olympiad in June 2019 in Oswego, New York, USA,.
Both learners still need financial assistance to travel and showcase their projects at the various science fairs and plea to the community to assist them.

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