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Mission 2021 Thymio to Mars
In the heart of Switzerland there is a mountain of chocolate.  Not really, but it makes for a good start to this story. There is however a science and technology institution, EPFL, that started up what must be one of my highlights in my annual calendar of robotics events.  Using a Thymio robot, the brains …

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Starting to Take Shape
It is not always easy to give opportunities to those that need it. Before the start of a project, we may have lofty goals of upliftment, changing lives and making a difference to South Africa. But on day one of the project, when you start getting your hands dirty, the lofty is quickly replaced by the nitty gritty.
The New High Trust Public Benefit Organization
In 2013, while homeschooling my daughters, I met two orphans at a local township. Through a process, the boys were placed in the Khayalethu Boys home in Port Elizabeth. When we first met, they were totally illiterate and I home schooled them with my daughter for two years. They were bright and willing to learn. …

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I will follow in my footsteps before they have been made
I still remember sitting in the Nelson Mandela University Indoor Stadium at the opening ceremony of my first robotics competition.  It was 2013.  Next to me,  my daughters, whom I was homeschooling, sat.  They were 7, 9 and 10 at the time.  As the speaker for the ceremony shared insights into the future of employment …

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Why Robotics and Coding?
Being a mom of three children has taught me a great deal about motivation.  In binary terms: “Mom can motivate a child” would be TRUE.  There is the promise of reward, threat of punishment or the (bad parent) bribe.  But “Mom can motivate a teenager,” seems to compile to FALSE. By the time my children …

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What Course Should my Child take next?
When I homeschooled my daughters, I did not buy any preset curriculum.  In fact I hardly spent any money at all.  I was able to spot a good book,  in an old cover, from a mile.  I knew what the CAPS requirements were for the Department of Education to deem a learner as competent for …

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