Robotics @ KTG

In a ground-breaking collaboration, Keep That Gold Shining NPC has joined forces with the University of Pretoria (UP) on a project to empower young learners and cultivate their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. The initiative aims to introduce learners to the vast possibilities within the STEM industry and spark their curiosity through an engaging educational journey.

The program includes the TUKS Robot School, run by Prof. Tania Hanekom, and Drone School, by Matthew Beekman (Keep That Gold Shining’s Chief Information Officer).

The robotics journey with KTG begins with tangible coding experiences in the Tanks and Rangers games, developed by Tangible Africa, which provides a hands-on introduction to the programming world. Learners then progress to mastering the basics of programming in Python and Arduino-microcontroller languages, setting the stage for more intricate concepts.

The program’s highlight lies in advanced robotics, where students delve into the intricacies of microcontrollers, sensors, control systems, and their seamless integration to create robotic systems. This immersive exposure allows young minds to witness the tangible applications of STEM in action.

This initiative is significant for students in rural areas, such as Lesego Mahladisha from Thulaganyo Secondary School in Winterveldt (Grade 9) and Thato Mathou from Makgetse Secondary School in Hammanskraal (Grade 8). After completing the program, Lesego and Thato shared their newfound interest and curiosity about engineering, coding, and robotics. They also highlighted the importance of understanding AC and DC motors and their practical applications.

In today’s rapidly evolving world, fostering STEM interest among young learners is crucial. Keep That Gold Shining NPC and UP’s partnership is paving the way for a brighter future, inspiring the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Together, we are igniting the spark of curiosity that will shape the leaders of tomorrow and drive technological progress.

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