Storm Rhoda from Hout Bay, who is a Grade 11 student at Camps Bay High School, has attracted the medical field’s attention with his project called Leveraging Machine Learning To Improve Medical Diagnosis.

Storm’s project uses the latest technology to create an algorithm that yields faster results when testing for illnesses like pneumonia, and got him the HATCH Hendrik van der Bijl Special Award for the most outstanding project showing insight and understanding of current and future technologies and offering an innovative solution. Along with his award Storm received R7 000.

He won gold at the Cape Town Eskom Expo earlier this year, and has since formed part of the Cape Town team that participated in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair.

Awards for this brilliant young mind didn’t stop there. Storm also received a Special Award from The Technology Innovation Agency – a division of the Department of Science and Technology – for one of the best, most innovative projects presented at the Expo.

The award comes with a support award valued at R200 000 to change the project into a viable business. What’s more, his work was recognised for originality receiving the Siemens Ingenuity for Life Award for which he also receives training to enhance his engineering skills with Siemens Industry Training (SITRAIN) at the Siemens Training Centre in Midrand.

Overall, Storm’s project was awarded with a silver medal at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair and he is shortlisted to represent South Africa on the International team at various Science Fairs worldwide in 2020.

Tune into Channel 263 (Cape TV) on DSTV at 4pm on Wednesday, October 2 for a live interview with Storm. His project will be on display in the Camps Bay High School foyer from tomorrow, Thursday October 3, 2019 until Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

Picture: Facebook/Camps Bay High School

Article written by

Anita Froneman