Research has shown that, in South Africa, 6.5 million children under the age of 6 are deprived of critical early learning opportunities and that for every 100 children entering school, 40 will complete their Matric exams (in their final year of high school); 28 will pass; 4 will study further and 1 will graduate with a degree in science or technology. This project will give 30 children, who would otherwise not have such an opportunity, the chance to engage with science and robotics.
ORT SA CAPE's workshop will allow 30 children from an impoverished community to gain exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM subjects) through doing robotics and visiting the Science Centre or Museum, as well as doing activities to help with literacy, such as reading programmes on iPads. Through robotics, the children will develop innovative solutions to problems, create something from scratch according to their own ideas, and engage practically in teams.
This project is part of ORT SA CAPE's wider programmes, which include an after school programme, teacher training and educational research and evaluation. This project in particular will build the confidence of these 30 children and could inspire a long-term interest in the STEM subjects, which they will carry on with at school, and beyond. It will open the children's minds to the possibility of careers in STEM, which they would not have known about before.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
ORT SA CAPE's section on CHW's website