Grooming young minds in science

12 February 2019 | Technology

Michelline Nawatises

The Goethe Institute Namibia, in cooperation with MindsInAction, is presenting a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programme that aims to offer Namibian learners a new approach to knowledge and unveil a path to the application of 21st century skills.

Science and mathematics concepts, combined with technology and engineering principles, are revealed through the process of building and programming Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. STEM education creates innovative learners and enhances social entrepreneurship opportunities.

A parent, Jenni Beukes, mentioned how this programme will be an advantage for the youngsters.

“I have two sons who are interested in this programme, I am going to enrol them. I recommend that parents invest in this because the world is changing fast and technologically will add to their skills,” Beukes said.

Maria Mukwambi, a grade five learner at Holy Cross Convent Primary School, said that the programme is of great help.

“This robotics programme is educational, we are learning so much and it has a great effect on our mind, as we are exposed to building modules and thinking critically as well,” she said.

Programme conductor Ndaudika Mulundileni said it is project-based, as participants are allowed to find solutions to problems.

“We prepare the learners at an early age for 21st century skills,” he said.

He added that they educate their learners in high-level skills.

The programme contains 16 modules. One module takes 13 weeks to complete and is priced at N$1 500, and introduces participants to graphics and programming. For more information contact Ndaudika Mulundileni @ 081 363 0529.

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