Get inspired by Lisa Michael, a young girl in STEM

How she manages her time to balance school and work on her project is a proof of a smart, focused young girl. Lisa Michael has just finished her Ordinary level education with Division One score in NECTA’s CSEE results – the highest performance in Tanzania’s secondary education grading system. During her secondary education, Lisa used to commute about 18kms every day in overcrowded daladalas from her grandparents’ home in Pugu to Jangwani Girls Secondary. But that did not stop her  from studying hard and performing well.

Lisa joined our coding club at her school back in 2015 and has developed a keen interest in programing ever since.

Since I was 14 years, I had developed passion in Technology, Robotics and computers. When I went to secondary school, I chose computer subject as optional subject. At school we usually studied about using computer applications but I wanted to learn more like how to develop those programs, I was so curious to learn programming. Then I found Apps and Girls and the world of technology began to open up

With our mentorship and incubation, Lisa was able to structure her business idea, SmartShamba, and make it into reality. She has got opportunity to connect with experts and potential people willing to work with and contribute to her project. Her coding skills particularly web designing and internet programming helped her to develop http://smartshamba.co.tz/ platform.

What is SmartShamba?

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SmartShamba is an online farming education portal where farmers access vital information about farming. It aims at promoting sustainable agricultural development and improve agricultural productivity. Through SmartShamba, Lisa want to develop a device  that will be measuring soil pH to help farmer grow healthy crops.

Why SmartShamba?

Being raised by grandparents who are ordinary farmers, she had always desired to change their lives and of other farmers who rely on traditional farming system by transforming to modern and more digitized farming systems. That is where the idea of SmartShamba was conceived.

What achievements, competitions and  exposures for Lisa?

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Lisa is a member of Junior academy at the New York academy of science where she worked with a team in the wildlife conflict challenge and they innovated a solar stove which would keep women and girls in Africa from using fire woods and charcoals as source of energy. In 2017 her and other six young girls and boys got an opportunity to represent  Tanzania  in the FIRST Global Robotics competition in Washington DC. She also participated in the Diamond challenge where she worked in a team to make briquettes as a way of recycling papers into charcoal in order to solve poor waste management problem in the environment.

Being on the robotics team, I felt like I’m in the real world of science. Me and my team we used to see robots on TV but at that particular moment we really had hands on the real robot that we spent days building and programming it right here in Tanzania. And at the challenge, not to mention it was my first time to go to USA, it was a stunning experience to meet young students and young scientists from 157 countries coming together on the greatest international stadium in robotics. What a profound moment!

Here is a LINK to a video of Lisa and her team robotics sharing their best moments

What is she currently doing?

While waiting to join high school, Lisa is currently volunteering with us teaching coding to students in four of our twenty coding clubs in Dar es Salaam secondary schools. Teaching coding to young students is an opportunity she uses to leverage her passion for TECH.