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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.

Example:

FENCING

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.

Fencing robots

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Comment by Bongumusa on May 21, 2010 at 4:21pm
Fresh Idea: I have noticed one of the ELECTRICAL ENGINEER today who was busy with electricity maintainance at the University Library. That guy is very good at what he is doing. I went to him to ask some questions, how do you find out about the problem in this regard? You can all imagine how big the Library is!!! He took out his personal computer and plunk it some where on the electricity wire, he then call me " can you tell me where the problem is?' The problem was displayed on the computer screen. I was laughing, not because I was happy, but thinking back about my Project on EVOKE. Wherever I go, I see something which related to my University work or any assignment project that I have ever done in my Life. I thought about the South African government system with regard to EDUCATION SYSTEM. They have something called National Financial Aid Scheme which help students from poor background to access quality education, which is good for investment. But my biggest concerned is how that Funding help us achieve our dream? You will never trust me on this, That funding tend to be a burden to the poor when they gey jobs. With high rate of unemployment, they imply interest rate on that funding which increases the money into a maximum amount. I have no suggestion on this but I was just looking on the system. They are saying they did a job, but I don't believe on that. Maybe someone can came out with a plan which cannot put burden to poor but rather provide them with the opportunity to be a better person. Education is a powerful tool!!!
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 21, 2010 at 5:03pm
When you have no money or job, debt destroys you. FREE Education is rare but exists in a few nations. I've paid off (or helped pay) three different student loans in my life. I had to find jobs to do that. And yes AV, in someway everything you see and do is related :)
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 21, 2010 at 5:03pm
oops sorry I guess I've got AV on my mind, that was a response to Bongumusa!
Comment by Bongumusa on May 21, 2010 at 8:44pm
Thanks. Who is that AV?
Comment by Bongumusa on May 25, 2010 at 8:29pm
Today, I was discussing the effect of the epindeminac and high killing disease called Aids. One of my friend who is working for cleaning company seems to have it. It is serious, we need to put it into our high school academics. Yes we have something called Life Orientation, but they don't discuss it deeply, we need to use Videos and other practical images which can give young ones a good lesson.
Comment by Bongumusa on June 5, 2010 at 4:46pm
Recently: It is interesting to get the news that the South African President has offered 10 000 computers to one of the Rural schools from Nkandla in Zululand.

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