The National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) hosted this year’s Science, Technology & Innovation Festival (STI) in the northern town of Ongwediva. The theme for the festival was “ Love pulses... Careers in Science.”
The week-long event took place at the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre from 12th to 16th September 2016. The event saw different researchers, scientists and innovators, from local as well as international organisations and institutions, showcasing their innovation and research work. Learners and teachers from the regions Oshana, Oshikoto, Omusati and Ohangwena came to the event. Gobabeb Research and Training Centre staff (Ritha Kapitango; Martin Handjaba; Elina Vakuwile; Pewa Johannes; Joseph Tjitekulu) participated in the event, sharing their personal experiences as young Namibians in Science that inspired many young learners attending the festival.
Gobabeb collaborated with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the latter contributing the resources that enabled this joint participation.
NUST-NASA-Gobabeb had a combined booth that attracted many schools, as it showcased a variety of different projects that are currently being conducted by these three organisations. Some interesting exhibits included casts of scorpion burrows; casts of barking gecko burrows; live scorpions; preserved specimens of Golden Mole and White Lady Spider; Lichens; while information was provided on renewable energy; the study of aerosols and the formation of clouds. Learners also viewed our videos, and participated in interactive talks, games and quizzes, where they got to learn more about science and possible careers in science. Prizes were awarded to learners at the end of each activity after successfully answering some questions. Learners were very enthusiastic throughout and hopefully went home excited and inspired by science!!!!