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Exciting prospects at Oosrand Secondary, Reiger Park

Oosrand Secondary School in Reiger Park is a great spot to be. High school learners here face exciting educational prospects, and their appetites for technology have been aroused. Planning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) The ICT committee of the Ekurhuleni South Education District Office is planning to develop a centre of learning excellence in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Firstly, this aims to provide students with better prospects for tertiary education. Secondly, it exposes young people to the possibility of careers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Peter Arendse, Oosrand Secondary‘s deputy principal, is a committed and conscientious educator. He expressed his delight that learners could participate in the JumpStart Programme in future. “It’s been painful to see our learners exiting the system without ICT skills or meaningful qualifications. Therefore we’re putting our best foot forward. We want this community to grow and develop and we want this […]

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Award ceremony at Tamaho Primary

When Mbali Mpanza (Grade 6) and Kwakhanya Matyana (Grade 5) first attended the JumpStart Robotics and Coding Programme, winning an award was the last thing on their minds. The girls were shy and hung back from their classmates on that first day in January 2019. What was required? Could they keep up with the others? Most importantly, would the after school robotics programme at Tamaho Primary School be fun? Little did they know that by year end, they would be shaking the principal’s hand as they received Gold Awards for outstanding performance. Technical skills and social skills This was the year that they would meet their peers from primary schools throughout Gauteng and Mpumalanga in a significant contest at UNISA. Week by week from Monday to Thursday, they focused on acquiring new technical skills and developing social skills to enable them to work as a robotics team. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament offered the girls […]

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Lego League competition: township pre-teens plan a hospital

Saturday morning and school shoes? Tick! Red T-shirt and jeans? Tick! Brightly coloured LEGO kits and a fancy bus? Tick! So it started, with 40 future JumpStart scientists and engineers getting ready, set, go…. They headed to UNISA with great excitement for the FIRST LEGO League Challenge. Last year, the JumpStart Robotics team merely observed the 2018 National FLL Robotics competition. This year, they arrived in Pretoria, with serious work to do. Future scientists and engineers at work Inside their backpacks they had folded their scheme for a brand new, spanking new hospital. So too, the architectural drawings alongside their LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Core kits. Child’s play certainly looks different these days… The competition against Johannesburg’s elite private schools was a little daunting, but these township learners took it in their stride. Project Manager, Daniella Lekgau, supervises and coordinates The JumpStart Foundation Robotics lab. She ensures that the fifth and sixth graders who travel in […]

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