SA’s future engineers need you

2019-02-27 06:01
Finding solidarity with the rare rhino, the all-female Team Rhino­ SA robotics club needs your help to realise their dream.PHOTO: supplied

Finding solidarity with the rare rhino, the all-female Team Rhino­ SA robotics club needs your help to realise their dream.PHOTO: supplied

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EAGER to fly their flag high on the international stage, nine pupils from Pieter­maritzburg Girls High School are hoping to achieve a once-in-a-lifetime goal this April by raising enough money to participate in the Denson UK Engineering and Motion challenge in Coventry.

To participate in the competition, the girls who form part of the robotics team called Team Rhino South Africa have designed, developed, and built a remote control 4X4 vehicle from scratch using simple materials and implemented a radio control and motor management system using the Arduino platform.

IT manager and head of the robotics club Josef Moffet said that the work the girls have done to create this vehicle has been nothing short of remarkable.

“They haven’t taken anything off the shelves and have created their own parts for this project.

“They have been inspired by various local businesses that have taken the time to help them,” said Moffet, who added that now the girls were considerably short in their financial goal for the trip to Coventry.

Moffet said that although companies have supported them, they still find themselves short almost half the amount of money that they need for everyone to go on the trip.

The girls, who are embarking on a no-girl left behind policy, decided to name themselves after the rhino because of the rhino’s rarity — they consider women in engineering another rarity and want to use this competition to promote the power of women.

“We are an emblem and want to represent South Africa through our diversity.

“We have all contributed greatly to this project and are committed to ensuring that we all are able to go on this trip and present our work,” said team leader Tanita Lakram, who emphasised that they refused to leave anyone behind and are thus looking for any sponsors who can help them reach their goal.

Lakram said that not everyone was able to take on the financial strain that comes with the trip to Coventry and therefore they would be open to any donation towards their cause.

Many of the girls are hoping to use this competition, which comprises of much more than just engineering, to give them a boost in terms of their future careers.

The competition takes place in Coventry this year and will be held from April 13 to April 16.

Through this competition, the girls are also hoping to draw attention to Rhino poaching in an effort to hinder the illegal trade of rhino horn.

Should you require further information please contact head of robotics Josef Moffet at e-mail or Mrs Maistry at 071 189 4217.


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