Robotics and coding

Grade 9 pupils Zayaan Bedford, Aminah Harris and Zayaan Bruyns.

An intensive two-week programme, which included robotics and coding, was held for South Peninsula High School Grade 8 and Grade 9 pupils, using the MiiA robot designed by Systems Engineers Tyrone van Balla and Ridhaa Benefeld. Tyrone, an ex-pupil of South Peninsula High School, explained that the programme allowed pupils to grapple with the assembly and electronics of the robot. Pupils were then allowed to use their smartphones to operate the robot. The school has been identified by the Western Cape Education Department as a node for the implementation of a new coding curriculum at high schools but has already had workshops organised by RD9 Solutions for the past two years  to expose pupils to the 4IR (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) skill setting development programme.