Toekies now has its very personal coding and robotics programme to enhance the talents of youngsters within the space.
The programme was established in Might final 12 months and is the one one on the West Rand. It’s supported by worldwide firm Lego, which is a line of plastic building toys manufactured by The Lego Group based mostly in Billund, Denmark.
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Coordinator and Supervisor of the programme, Oscar Oliphant, mentioned the programme is thrilling and presents younger folks loads. He added that they get all their tools together with their robotic items and laptops from the worldwide firm which is absolutely funded by them.
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The programme can also be supported by the College of South Africa (UNISA) which oversees the programme and presents coaching.
They’re based mostly on the Emmanuel New Life Centre which is a church in Toekomsrus and learners can change into a part of the programme freed from cost.
“The programme isn’t solely concerning the constructing and programming and coding of robots but it surely additionally has a component within the curriculum that particularly speaks to core values like management, tolerance, endurance, innovation, time conserving and so forth. These are the values that they’ll carry with them in class and thru their lives as properly,” mentioned Oscar, who added that the programme can also be fairly beneficial within the science, expertise, engineering and maths panorama.
Oscar added it additionally helps in constructing confidence and has led to quite a lot of younger folks, who had been as soon as shy, to return out of their shells and be extra progressive.
With simply over seven months in existence the group has already taken on one other robotics group, the Eldorado Park Robotics and Coding programme.
He mentioned they had been hosted by the Eldos group on January 7 this 12 months in Eldorado Park.
“It was a good looking day for our youngsters. We arrange our tools and fashions and we then took them on. We had been additionally accompanied by among the mother and father who acquired to see at first-hand what their youngsters are able to,” Oscar mentioned.