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Pretoria – Exposing students to career options and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math is crucial.
This was clear at the launch of a robotics training program in Atteridgeville yesterday for students in township schools. The Robotics 4 Kidz event will take place October 18-22, followed by a series of roadshows.
It engages young people in various problem-solving exercises that involve building, programming and operating robots.
Speaking at the launch, Kgotso Maja of strategy and development firm Wallstreet Afreeka, said the aim was to expose young people in the township to the processes involved in the design, programming, assembly and deployment. of robots.
Maja said technology plays a very important role in developing economies and has been at the center of the first, second and third industrial revolutions.
“The digital divide and the lack of access to devices or infrastructure mean that information arrives a bit late in some parts of the country, especially in township schools.
“We wanted to increase the level of interest in technology and expose young people to opportunities that they can take advantage of,” said Maja.
Each year in South Africa, nearly half of the students enrolled in the mathematics exam fail in this critical subject. In 2020, only 53.8% of the 233,315 enrolled in mathematics passed the subject.
A total of 125,526 undergraduate students in 2020 managed to achieve a passing mark of 30% and above.
South African Robotics Club general manager Tsholanang Mofokeng said the goal is to bridge the gender gap and divide in science, technology and math, and bring such programs to life. in the canton where they are most needed.
“We want township learners to be innovators, problem solvers and able to think outside the box and bigger than them,” she said.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, who also spoke at the launch, said every South African needs to lend a helping hand so that students can be exposed to what the fourth industrial revolution dictated.
“We want to interest young people in the emerging future. It has happened but is still happening and they should take advantage of career opportunities in science and technology. “
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Launch of a robotics training program for canton students
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