The Carnarvon Robotics Team won the national competition in November 2018 and qualified to represent South Africa in Montevideo, Uruguay. They represented South Africa in the International Lego League competition and were awarded a gold cup for their core value, “inspiration”. The learners arrived in Kimberley on Tuesday at the Kimberley airport with their educators and two members from the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).
MEC for Education, Mac Jack, was happy to welcome them back to the Northern Cape and teased them about how they might prefer speaking English over Afrikaans due to spending a week in Uruguay. He also added that this is a great initiative which will encourage other learners at Carnarvon High School and the rest of the Northern Cape to start showing interest in mathematics and science.
“These learners will inspire other learners back home to show interest in mathematics and science as these are great contributors to our country,” he stated.
The MEC also congratulated the teachers and school management for encouraging the learners to take part in the competition.
“I would like to give tribute to teachers, who go the extra mile as well as the management of the school. Well done to management and to the teachers,” he concluded.
Mayor of Kareeberg, Norman van Wyk, expressed how proud he is of the learners and the positive attention they are bringing to the town. Van Wyk is not only the Mayor of Kareeberg, he is also the chairperson of the school governing body.
He stated that there are few schools close to Carnarvon who take part in the competition even though they didn’t make it far in the competition.
“I am very proud of our learners. Yes Carnarvon is already on the map but they’ve brought positive attention to our town with the Robotics competition. I am not just the Mayor but a chairperson for the school governing body at the school, we also have surrounding schools taking part in the Robotics competition though they didn’t make it far,” he said.
Robotics is a branch of engineering that involves the conception, design, manufacture, and operation of robots. This field overlaps with electronics, computer science, artificial intelligence, mechatronics, nanotechnology and bioengineering.
The robotics competition is meant to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.