We recently trained educators at the GED’s first maritime school of specialisation, Mohloli Maths, Science & ICT in Sharpeville. The focus of the initial training was on the application and relevance of drone and 3D Printing technology in preparing students for the rapidly evolving maritime industry.
The maritime industry in South Africa is adapting at an amazing rate to new technologies such as making use of drones for inspections, search and rescue and the delivery of small items to cargo ships at sea. 3D Printing and rapid prototyping is also being used extensively within the maritime sector.
It was inspiring working with teachers that were so passionate in wanting to learn the skills to introduce these 4iR technologies to their students, which included coding and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software programmes, along with applying the content to real-life scenarios. Teachers from various departments joined in the training sessions and they included Mathematics, Science, Maritime Science, Sotho and Geography.
At Inspire Africa, we believe it is critical that it is not solely the Technology and IT Departments in a school that should be responsible for introducing 4iR technologies to students.
By upskilling educators across the STEAM subjects, this allows for students to be exposed to the relevance of technology in the following subjects:
Sciences: Agricultural Science, Life Science, Biology, Geography and Physical Sciences.
Technology: Information Technology and Computer Aided Technology.
Engineering: Agriculture Engineering, Electronics and EGD.
Art: Art and Graphic Design.
Mathematics: Problem solving and Algebra.
In 2023 the second phase of training with the Mohloli teachers will continue in which they will be introduced to Coding and Robotics using our very own robot, the Inspire Bot. Next year we will be introducing our Inspire STEAM Education programmes to Schools of Specialisation across the country.