This week high school students and teachers at the Goodwood College in Ruyterwacht,Cape Town, got access to an exciting world of drones, 3D printing, robotics and artificialintelligence, when their school became the third school in South Africa to launch a 4iRSTREAM Lab. At a time when the inequalities in SA education have been starklyhighlighted, Sakhikamva Foundation,aSTEM education specialist, is rolling out exceptional21st Century science and technology centres in under-resourced communities.
The establishment of a 4iR STREAM Laboratory at Goodwood College has been madepossible with sponsorship from African technology investment group, AYO TechnologySolutions. “We believe that innovation drives growth,” says Jeni Kostova, Group Executive:Marketing at AYO Technology Solutions. “Through our partnership with Sakhikamva wewant to empower young South Africans to solve real-world challenges, fuel growth andshape a better future for the country.”
STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Aeronautics and Mathematics) education focuses on the development of essential skills and knowledge, by enablingchildren to enjoy hands-on experience with the technologies that are currently re-shapingour world. It’s an important priority for education in South Africa, where some children still matriculate without ever getting their hands on a computer. The new 4iR STREAM Lab atGoodwood College includes the Grade 8-12 learners and their educators in a unique
community of practice to develop creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Sakhikamva Foundation is a non-profit organisation which has touched the lives of morethan 130 000 children through its range of STREAM enrichment programmes, includingconnecting SA schools to science projects underway on the International Space Station.When it comes to educating the youth for the 4iR, which features world-changingtechnologies that are fundamentally disrupting the work that humans do, South Africa faces critical challenges.
Many schools lack access to basic technology; teachers are not taughthow to develop 4iR skills in the classroom; Internet access is far from universal and stillcosts too much, and schools in rural and low income communities remain disproportionatelycut off from the resources they need for 4iR teaching and learning.
Virginia Africa, Principal of Goodwood College says, “As a school with a long history, it’s ouraim to enable our learners to develop to their fullest potential. In today’s world; and for theworld of work that we are preparing them for, this is simply not possible without giving themhands-on access to the technologies shaping our world. The 4iR STREAM Lab is anincredible asset for our school which will change destinies in our Ruyterwacht community.”Goodwood College’s exciting STREAM Laboratory is powered by the innovative Gammaeducation platform and includes tablets and drones as well as AI, robotics and app-makingkits. Founder of Sakhikamva Foundation, Fatima Jakoet says, “With the opening of this third4iR STREAM Laboratory, we are delighted to welcome Goodwood College into our familywhere curiosity and wonder are highly prized. Teachers will be trained in STREAMphilosophy and teaching methodologies, and learners will enter into a fascinating new worldduring their Technology classes and through after-school activities.
This fantastic newspace for real 21st Century skills development in Ruyterwacht is a strong, 4iR learning
centre, fully equipped with tech and connectivity, to empower learners to develop as the
leaders, innovators, change agents and problem-solvers in their community.”
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