Robotics for kids and adults

There is as much a growing need for adults to learn and develop STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) skills as there is for kids!  The Centurion Robotics Club has identified this need and have programs and tools to address the needs of all people at any skill level.

The STEM skills problem

Today in South Africa, as little as 14% of first year engineering students actually finish their degree.  As little as 58% of people have in interest in STEM related careers, which is shocking if you consider that this numbers stands at 80% in India.  India is currently considered the biggest ‘producer’ of engineers in the world and the software services industry alone, recruits about 300’00 people EVERY YEAR!

STEM skills development and education not only teaches people practical, real world knowledge about these fields, but teaches critical and problem solving skills.  If it is done in a fun, playful manner, the result is people who love to learn!

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Learning while having fun

STEM is obviously a very wide range of skills and knowledge, and some of it can get very complicated very quickly.  The secret sauce here is that people (young and old) learn through play.  As an adult, you may have been taught to refer to it as practical (or on the job) training, but it boils down to the same thing.

If we physically do something, and have fun while doing it, the knowledge gained during this experience is retained better and applied easier after the training is complete.

The Centurion Robotics Club

The need for developing coaches and mentors is critical!  People need to understand that they don’t need to know everything about robotics or even the technology inside it.  The only thing that is required is the passion to learn!

In many cases, teams that compete in FIRST and WRO with an art or sports coach, will outperform teams where the coach has a technical background.  This is because the kids in those teams figure it out for themselves once they have been taught the basics.

Therefore the Centurion Robotics Club (CRC) – and I hope other robotics training organisations across the country – are offering training to coaches, mentors and educators as much as it aims to train and coach kids.

They aim is to show that technology is not so scary!  Just about every person knows how to use a smart phone.  The apps (on mobile) and software (on laptop or PC) is so easy to use, that you can quickly go from zero to hero.

For more information, go to the CRC website or contact me directly.

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  1. Hello Jurie! I am the lead mentor of a FIRST Tech Challenge team in the United States and I am reaching out to learn a little about the progression of FIRST in South Africa. Can you tell me what age kids in South Africa participate in FIRST Tech Challenge, do you use Tetrix robotics kits there or another robotics platform, and do you know how much it costs to participate in a FTC season in your country?

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