Pharos School: Learning with robots

2016-04-21 06:00
Learning how to build rudimentary programmable robots are Pharos-learners Christiaan Botha, John-Nathan Nancarrow and Ruan Smit. Photo: SUPPLIED

Learning how to build rudimentary programmable robots are Pharos-learners Christiaan Botha, John-Nathan Nancarrow and Ruan Smit. Photo: SUPPLIED

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LEARNERS in Kouga will soon be exposed to the fun and excitement of science and technology when Pharos School in Jeffreys Bay introduces Lego Robotics - taking education out of the box.

According to Pharos principal Fanie Vermaak, it is no longer enough for children to learn basic computer literacy. “New skills must be incorporated in the standard curriculum to better equip learners for the real world,” says Vermaak. “Computer skills taught at school level must extend beyond Word and Excel.”

Thus, Lego Robotics has been introduced as a brand-new subject at the school.

According to Vermaak, Lego Robotics allows learners to develop engineering skills by using a computer programme to design an object, which thereafter is built using Lego. “Lastly a motor is added to the device and movement is achieved.”

Learners of all ages from across the Kouga are welcome to the Lego Robotics Club, however space is limited.

The club meets between 14:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday and Thursday. To become part of the club, contact Marisa Maree at 082 551 5615.

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