CodeABot Blog

NATASHA’S OUTREACH STORY
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.
THYMIO – WORLDWIDE COLLABORATION
One of our mind-blowing events in our annual calendar. A Thymio robot can be controlled and programmed remotely from anywhere on the planet, people can collaborate in solving complex tasks such as simulating earth’s inhabitants fixing a broken generator on Mars.
WRO WORLD ROBOTICS OLYMPIAD
This event is new to the Eastern Cape.  The CodeABot Robotics and Coding Centre is excited to announce that they will responsible for the event in this region.   Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.  Here some numbers from the WRO site:
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JUNIOR
This program was run over a period of three years in conjunction with Tswane University of Technology in order to give children,who would never usually have the opportunity, the chance to work with robots and coding.
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
Since 2013, teams have been entering the First Lego League Robotics competition and bringing home trophies. CodeABot continues to send teams to the regional events.
COMICON
In 2016 one of our robotics teams joined with NMMU to promote robotics and coding at the Comicon.  Participants got to walk the Lego walk of Fire, a 4-meter pathway filled with Lego while being filmed to see how much they would flinch with pain.  It was all about creating awareness of robotics in the metro.
SCHOOL LEAGUE
The Schools Robotics and Coding Challenge kicked off in 2019. Schools from around the metro were invited to bring Grade 7 and 8 learners to spend 2 hours on a Friday afternoon to learn, practice and compete in robotics and coding challenges.
Holiday Club
HOLIDAY CLUBS
Holiday clubs are offered to existing registered clients during the holidays.    These are advertised to clients via mail or WhatsApp group as well as on our Facebook and Instagram page.  From time to time we invite non registered clients to attend a specific holiday club program.  The entire focus is to allow children free time to create what they can imagine or to practice what they have learnt at their own pace.
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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.
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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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.