Agxobile and Othembele constructing a carousel
All of us at Children's Helpers Worldwide are very grateful to you for supporting ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops for disadvantaged children in Cape Town, through our page on GlobalGiving. We took part in GlobalGiving's International Youth Week Campaign and were delighted to have received donations for the workshops. Thank you to each person who gave during that campaign, and who have given at other times, throughout the past few months.
ORT SA CAPE recently ran a workshop for 20 girls from the Thope Foundation. The girls were 10 and 11 years old. This workshop was sponsored by CHW's supporters. The girls were from Khayelitsha. Janet from ORT SA CAPE explained that Khayelitsha is one of the biggest and fastest growing township in South Africa. Around 70% of residents live in shacks and one in three people have to walk 200 metres or further to access water. High school results in Khayelitsha, despite recent improvement, are still some of the worst in the province of the Western Cape. We are thankful to CHW's supporters for their contributions, enabling these girls to learn about science and technology at ORT SA CAPE.
Janet gave the following updates from the workshop:
The girls were given the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, all related to the building of robots. Robotics helps children to develop critical thinking, reading and listening skills.
The girls built a carousel wheel using Lego WeDo instructions on touchscreen computers. The aim of the project was to use technological design principles to construct the model, and to learn about, and use, different gears and axles. The facilitators assisted participants during the design and construction process, giving them clear explanations and individual support where it was required. Some mathematics skills were required to ensure that they used pieces of the correct size and dimensions.
After building the carousel wheel, the girls had to programme the function block, which in turn instructs the robot to execute various movements. The participants were instructed to programme the carousel wheel to turn in different speeds and different directions. The girls also had to use various sensors. which makes the robot sense light, movement and tilt. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were very engaged throughout the activity.
Agxobile is a 10-year-old, Grade 5 student who is mentored by the Thope Foundation and attends their holiday programmes. She was very engaged throughout the day and exhibited excellent critical thinking and logic in the construction of the robot.
Agxobile worked with another girl, Othembele, to construct the carousel wheel. At one point, Agxobile was able to show Othembele that she had used the incorrect Lego piece and she changed the part that was not correct. After trying to programme the carousel, it did not work straight away, but Agxobile checked for errors and was able to fix the problem. The carousel worked and Agxobile and Othembele were very happy with their success!
Agxobile had this to say about the day “Thank you ORT SA CAPE. It has been exciting. I want to come again.”
A massive thank you to everyone who who has been supporting this project. You are giving disadvantaged children in Cape Town an excellent opportunity to explore science and technology through robotics. Thank you for your kindness and help!
Agxobile shows Othembele she used the wrong piece
Agxobile changes the incorrect part
After programming the carousel, it is not working
It is working!
The girls all working on programming the carousels
Thank you for sponsoring the workshop!