Breakthrough to the 4th industrial revolution
30 of 49 learners around Tzaneen have competed in Gauteng Central Regional “Into Orbit” competition at University of South Africa in Pretoria, where team Astemi Napscom won judges award. This event took place on the 13th of October 2018. This competition was a result of the Unisa robotics program called I-SET Astemi. Unisa together with Greater Tzaneen Community Foundation has introduced the I-SET ASTEMI to 49 learners around Tzaneen. The 30 learners were then grouped into 3 teams called Astemi Napscom, Astemi Ramoba, and Astemi Mabushe.
I-SET (Inspired towards Science Engineering and Technology) is a Community Engagement flagship project of Unisa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) and Research and Innovation portfolio. Learners and teachers from Mabushe High School, Phusela High School, Ramoba High School, Matseutseu Combined School, Nelson Ramodike Secondary School and Napscom Secondary School participated in I-SET Astemi workshops held at Greater Tzaneen Community Foundation Centre (also known as Dr Mamphela Ramphele Centre) in Lenyenye from March 2018 to October 2018. And the teams which participated in the competition were made of learners from these schools. These learners were taught to build programmable robots using Lego Mindstorm hoping to inspire the interest of the learners in science, engineering and technology.
This program gave them a breakthrough in a number of fields, including robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles.