~ by Lerato Molebatsi and Zandile Nkopo
North-West University Mafikeng Science Centre engage local schools in the Techno-youth programme throughout the year. This programme equips learners with computer, communication and problem solving skills.
SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) hosted a robotics competition at the SAASTA Observatory, from the 1-2 March 2018. The theme for the competition was “Wild things”. The challenge was to build a robot that could help with the daily chores of a farm or a game reserve.
The robot had to clean, pick food up, feed the animals and even put the animals the cages.
Six best teams from these schools Langa high school (WC), Zacheus Malaza high school (MP), Bisho high school (EC), Springs Girls high school (GP), Itlotleng high school (NC) and Batswana commercial secondary school (NW) participated in the robotics competition. Teams were given instructions for the competition before they could start building their robots. Batswana learners came up with a design that was fully functional and was able to carry out most of the chores around the game reserve. Once the programming was done, there was no stopping them.
The challenge was judged based on the number of points scored for each chore completed, the best design and based on team work.
Results were announced and the top three winners were Batswana commercial secondary school obtaining position 1, followed by participants from Gauteng and Eastern Cape. NWU Mafikeng Science Centre would like to congratulate Mr Motelene, Ms Nkopo and the four learners from Batswana commercial secondary school.
Well done to the team and coaches, keep up the good work!
From left to right: Learners in red t-shirts are from Batswana commercial secondary school (Ofentse Mamonong, Kopano Sepeng, Lencoe Kgaje ,Tlotlo Khumalo). The educator is Mr Jankie Motelene.
If your school is interested in participating in the Techno-youth programme, please feel free to contact us on this email address firstname.lastname@example.org or this telephone number 018-3892606.