Inspiring Innovation Through Robotics

On 18 August 2018, new Robotics Facilitator Keith Shezi had the opportunity to attend the Mindstorms CV3 101 course offered by Centurion Robotics Club (https://thestemblogsa.co.za/) with Jurie Weidemann facilitating. Below is Keith’s report on the experience:

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Did you know that the Kreepy Krauley or the electric car were first created/designed in South Africa? Even the world’s first human heart transplant was performed here! These are just some of the wonderful and fun things that technology and robotics can bring to life and some examples of how South Africa has been at the forefront of innovation.

The course was fun as well as informative and there was a lot of practical application of what we were learning. The problem-solving section drove the information home as more questions came up and more solutions were sought, thus learning much more.

I’m excited to teach ADET’s robotics learners all that I have gained through the course and have a three-year programme in mind where from second year they can begin to participate in other local robotics challenges.

Remedial Teaching is Important by Roselynn Garcia (Virgin Galactic STEM Program Manager and Remedial Facilitator)

Generally, students have an issue with major subjects like English, Mathematics, and Science. Pupils can understand these subjects if the teacher takes a little care about them like attending to them personally and explaining the concept until they understand. Actually, the reason why students lag behind in a subject is that they have a problem understanding the basics. Given some time, they will fare well in the subject.

Remedial classes are necessary for students who don’t understand a subject properly. As teachers, we should keep in mind that not all students have the same capacity to understand each and every subject. In addition, our pupils have different learning styles which should be considered while teaching and conducting remedial classes.

Our worth as educators is not merely measured based on the instructions that we give on a daily basis. We have to make sure that our students learn from us,  and that little we develop them holistically. Since extending our efforts depends upon the needs of our students, remedial classes serve as an input to attain better performance on the part of the learners.

It is, therefore, a must that remedial classes be held for any particular subject that students fail to fully understand.