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LACK OF RESOURCES IN RURAL SCHOOLS
Computer Science in Rural Schools is a high demand that need not to be underestimated, neglected and ignored. I decided to plan a project that would help my community, my former rural school and young individuals who want to pursue Computer Science as their Life Career. This project aims to Educate, equip, acc**ulates and add value to individual skils of learners from Emkhombe High School from KwaZulu Natal in Republic of South Africa.
Computer Science is changing our world and shaping its future. It plays a leading role in modern society, whether it is to help us fighting crime, finding a cure for cancer, planning a mission to Mars, keeping in touch with our friends, listening to music on our MP3 players or enhancing our experiences at the movie. It is a fascinating and diverse field that brings together subjects like sociology, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, biology, logic and Mathematics to drive Scientific and technological progress forward.
Our range of research-led and industrially relevant degree or high school programmes can prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career. This School had have no computers for a period of 30 years since its existance. I did my High school there: with limited books, unqualified teachers, unorganised time schedule, no career advise, no role models, no one who went to a high University Institution. I found myself struggling when I entered at NMMU in 2006. I failed Computer Science by getting 25%, which was a good marks as far as I understand my situation. I have noticed more students who finished matric in that school dropping out without going to the 2nd year of their Academics. I realized that I have to do something about it. This project would develop the necessary skills to contribute to the rapidly evolving field of Computing.
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PUT INTO PRACTICE ALL THE SKILLS YOU HAVE DEVELOPED ON YOUR COURSE AND REALLY SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU CAN DO.
This project involved the building of the two robots who fenced with each other. One robot was controlled by a flexible exoskeleton that the student built to convert his arm movements into movements to in the robot. Th e 2nd robot was controlled by artificial intellegence: it skills in fencing were created by obtaining 'know how' from experts on the college Fencing team and building a set of rules for the Robot to follow allowing it to react to the attacking robot in a human like way.
The project would cost an estimated amount of R150 000, given that proper procedure would be followed and Learners would contribute for the Lessons.
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Well done and I wish you all the best of luck. Do you know about OLPC it's an org that has smaller wireless computers (One Laptop Per Child) perhaps this is the type of computer you can use for the class. http://laptop.org/en/
"We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes." - Mark Twain.
I still remember when I grew up, if we have no food, we ask it from our neighbor without paying. We call it as UBUNTU-YOU ARE BECAUSE I AM. In our days, it is all about money. Love is money. Can you tell me something that doesnot cost any value on earth in our days? I am not blaming anyone on this issue, but we are the people, we need to see the core source of the problem. You can remember my words "Don't give street child money, but teach him or her how to make money". As I am playing EVOKE right now, it cost a lot of money to access the Network. We are the people of Tommorrow, therefore we need to look at the situation as it is. I like CROSS-CURRICULUM PROJECTS. I have to share something with you, it too courage, hard work and deducation for me to get a distinction to go to the University with a Bursary. Some of my partners are busy drinking and making babies. Teachers didn't teach me what is going to happen after Matric, I don't blame them because they were not qualified, but I am just thinking about those who don't want to try.