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Poster and Theme Competition Winners Announced

03 Dec 2014


The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) today announced the winners of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Festival poster and theme competition, which ran in September this year.


Remember Abner Elia Ekandjo (Grade 9) from Rocky Crest High School won the secondary school category and walked away with an Acer laptop computer; while Hanro Botma (Grade 6) from Pionierspark Primary School won the primary school category, and received a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. The winning schools both received N$5 000 each for the use of science equipment.


The competition encouraged school learners to design the poster and theme for the upcoming Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Festival, which will be held in June 2015. Entries had to be related to the UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light, which commemorates the achievements of light science and its applications, contributions to humankind.


The topic of light science and its applications recognizes the importance of how light-based technologies promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Entries had to be a creative and original artwork by the learners, and were judged on the use of noticeable color; artistic quality; visibility as a poster, and also visibility as part of a bookmark; and submission of entry in the appropriate format stipulated in the competition rules.


Speaking at the prize giving, Ms Angelique Philander, Manager: Human and Institutional Development, Science Promotion at the NCRST remarked; “we are proud of the learners who took the time and effort to develop their posters for the competition, as the aim of the competition and the STI Festival is to encourage the youth to pursue careers in science and technology related fields. We are impressed by the quality of the winning posters, as well as all the other entries received, because it shows that there truly is an interest in science and technology amongst the younger generation”.


The Science, Technology and Innovation Festival is a national initiative of the NCRST, and will take place in June 2015. The aim of the festival is to promote Science and Technology to the public and to serve as an eye-opener to many people, especially the youth. As well as to demystify popular misconceptions and create a new mind set about engineering, science and technology; and allow scientist the opportunity to make science accessible to all people.