Reddam House in Constantia, Cape Town, are bringing STEAM disciplines alive for their learners with the introduction of Inspire S.T.E.A.M. “The Reddam community is buzzing in anticipation of this project, hopefully the first of many STEAM initiatives to be incorporated into our school programme” says Headmaster David Clarke of the drone programme that utilizes drone technology to teach applied Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics.
The school has chosen the Inspire S.T.E.A.M. programme to support their STEAM development because, “Inspire Africa’s unique approach to enticing children into the world of coding through the excitement of drone flying, promises to stimulate and ‘hook’ our students into this increasingly relevant technological arena” says Clarke.
College Students (Grades 8-12) of the school will be taking flight with drones in a course that teaches coding and programming, using Python and DroneBlocks, with the value lying in this skill acquisition. Once learners have coded they then directly experience a tangible result of that coding, being controlled drone flight. Inspire S.T.E.A.M. is designed so that students as young as 8 years old can learn coding and programming. The programme’s purpose is to excite all learners about STEAM disciplines using drone technology because drones are relevant and exciting, and increasingly a bigger part of everyday existence, both in usage and in career opportunities. “It’s a great way to put fun and excitement into skills development and learning”, says Clarke.
Reddam House in Constantia have put a team together to drive the Drone Programming Club created for Inspire S.T.E.A.M in their school, with Lionel Botha, Deputy Head: Operations, overseeing the programme that trains educators to teach and instruct the course creating an ongoing programme, with Inspire Africa keeping the curricula fresh and up to date with new materials as they become relevant to the course.
Headmaster Clarke says he is “delighted that the Drone Programming project is happening and we are very excited about further developing the relationship with Inspire Africa as we develop our STEAM programme over the next few years.”
“The future of our economy relies greatly on people with STEAM skills. Africa hemorrhages cross cultural talent in STEAM disciplines from as early as primary school. This means that we are not drawing on 100% of our talent pool in STEAM careers, and our economy will suffer from the lack of diversity.” Simon Robinson Founder and CEO of Inspire Africa Group
Understanding this very critical shortfall in our education system and that we are riding the wave of change with 4th Industrial Revolution technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR), which is directly supporting new careers in multiple industry sectors, has led to the launching of this innovative and cutting-edge educational programme.