Modderdam High takes on 4IR

From left are, head of Modderdam High School’s maths and science department Adnaan Adams, Tamisha America, Tamica America, Nuhaa Hendricks, Natheerah Hermanus, and teacher Ganaan Kloppers.

Adnaan Adams, head of department for maths and science at Modderdam High School, Bonteheuwel

For the first time Modderdam High School took part in the goIT Challenge, with Fatima Jakoet, founder of the Sakhikamva Foundation. Groups of Grade 8 and 9 pupils had to develop an idea for an app and pitch it to get into the finals.

Out of 135 groups, a Modderdam High all-girls team reached the finals, at Goodwood College, on Wednesday May 5, with their “Building Confidence Lifestyle” app idea. It is no wonder they were selected as one of the six finalists. Their creative app idea seeks to instil and build confidence in their community.

Our girls did us proud in representing Modderdam High, and the school’s department of mathematics and science congratulates them on their achievement and wishes all who participated success in their future undertakings within the sciences.

We are on a continuous drive to instil a love for the sciences in pupils and challenge the idea that maths and science are too difficult. Teaching and learning can be hard in Bonteheuwel where the youth face so many challenges, but our main objective and responsibility as a public school are the same as for any school in a privileged position.

Our partnering with Sakhikamva Foundation is but one of our initiatives that gives impotence to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) agenda within an ever-changing world where critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and problem solving are key skills.

On Tuesday May 4, the school’s department of maths and science entered Grade 8 ,9 and 10 pupils in the annual UCT Mathematics Olympiad.

We would like our pupils to get involved with robotics and coding to develop the skills most needed in our changing 4IR world and welcome anyone who would like to invest and partner with us in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) agenda.

If you can assist, contact the school at 021 694 7785 or 083 687 0559.