How many schools offer electronics in South Africa?
It is being said that as little as 4% of schools in South Africa are technical schools! “Is this true?” – I hear you – that was my reaction as well and I find that hard to believe. Truth be told, electronics in South Africa should be more prevalent in the training and education of our youth.
Another terrible stat is that only as little as 14% of first year engineering students actually finish their degree. This is largely contributed to the lack of understanding of the BASICS of engineering principles.
Meanwhile, regardless of these tragic stats being true or not – tech companies in South Africa struggle to find local talent when they start looking for technical workers. Obviously you get the engineers, technologists, technicians and artisans. However, a technical worker is anyone who needs to apply technical knowledge and understanding to perform their job.
Over the last few weeks we have been going through a series on educational toys and the future of education in South Africa. This is the third installment in the series (Follow the links at the bottom of this post for more).
Although the Seebox cannot really be considered a toy, the educational content is in the format of a video/computer game. The principle of learning through play is applied here is bucket loads.
The Seebox is a very compact piece of equipment and it packs a BIG punch with loads of content and electronics!
It has an oscilloscope and a wave/pulse generator, programmable voltage outputs, logic checking ports – all built into one. The training program has loads of interactive content and instructional videos – more about that later.
The Seebox has received or won the following awards:
- Africa Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 – Winner
- Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 – Top 10
- Demo Africa 2017 – Finalist
- SAB Foundation 2017 – Finalist
- SA Innovation Summit 2015 – winner in 3 categories
Seebox is also “endorsed” by NAST (National Association for Schools of Technology) and EWSETA (Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority) accredited.
The Seebox solution
Africa lags behind in the training of engineers and the Seebox offers a technological solution to this.
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The playboards that come with the Seebox are electronics boards that can be set up for different scenarios to achieve specific outcomes during the training program. These boards connect to the Seebox’s various ports and the Seebox can monitor each board by measuring current, voltage, frequency and checking the logics on the board.
The instructional videos explain concepts like voltage, current and frequency (for example) in simple, easy to understand demonstrations and analogies. The training program is in the form of a game which is played in such a manner that the user or learner also starts learning simple coding thinking. For example the character will need to be instructed how to move from point A to point B on the screen to achieve a goal or reach a required object.
What this means is that the educator does not need to be skilled in electronics – in fact there is no need for an educator to teach the learners anything – this is all contained within the training program.
Track Progress online
The learner’s progress through the program is stored in the cloud. In other words teachers, employers and even parents can access the learner’s activities and progress through the lessons and exercises. This online progress also keeps track of how many times and exercise was completed – this way, areas that need more attention are easily identified and addressed. It also lends the Seebox as a tool to identify hidden potential in students and employees.
The Seebox is useful for teaching electronics at high school level and for workplace technical skills development. Here is a team of technical workers using the Seebox at their employer’s premises to upskill themselves.
Seebox on social and the web
For more information Seebox can be found at https://www.seebox.co.za or on any of the following social channels:
Oh, and by the way Seebox is an acronym: Scientific Engineering & Education BOX.
May the future of electronics in South Africa progress in leaps and bounds and The STEM Blog SA will keep an eye on support this amazing Proudly South African product – Seebox all the best for impacting on the future of electronics in South Africa.
To finish off, here is a video of the Seebox featured on EDGE – The Science and Tech show (A DSTV program that aired in 2015) – remember to check out the other related posts at the bottom of this post:
More about Educational toys in South Africa:
The future of education is play! There are many options available when it comes to choosing to buy your child (or maybe or inner child) some educational toys. Here are some related posts on educational toys and the future of education.
- Lego Mindstorms EV3 in South Africa
- Educational toys – The future of learning
- STEM vs STEAM: what about i-STREAM-e?
- Early childhood learning using robotics
- Innovation in STEM education (iSTEM)
- What should education look like?
- The Education System of South Africa
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