South Africa’s greatest minds were honoured this past weekend for their performance in the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) for high school learners.
The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) annual awards function took place on the 23rdof September at the Krystal Beach Hotel, Gordon's Bay.Timothy Schlesinger (Rondebosch Boys’ High) was awarded the prize for top senior (grades 10 to 12) learner and Andi Qu (St. Johns College) for top junior (grades 8-9) learner of the SAMO. Western Cape once again dominated the evening with 10 national winners, namely Danielle Kleyn (Hoërskool Parel Vallei), Emmanuel Rassou (Panorama Primary School), Jean Weight (Curro Hermanus), Joey Forman (Herzlia High School), Ralph McDougall (Curro Durbanville), Razeen Parker (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Timothy Schlesinger (Rondebosch Boys’ High), Emil Tredoux (Parklands College), Emil van der Walt (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck) and Adri Wessels (Curro Durbanville).
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Well done to Xavier and Milah Botha! We are very proud of you.
Well done to our Curro Hermanus learners!
Fransie Streicher: Gold medal, Best senior research project in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Overall best research project, best over 260 students.
Fransie is also part of the National Expo Group (ISF) that will compete in Johannesburg during the September holidays.
Lily Butchard - Gold medal, Best senior research project in Physics, Astronomy and Space Science
Christoff Jordaan - Gold medal, Best senior research project in Computer Science and Information Technology
Kaci van Romburgh & Chloe Land - Silver medal
Gabriel Stratford - Silver medal, Best senior research project in Chemical, Metallurgical, Civil or Mining Engineering
Kate Hodson - Bronze medal
Matthew Castle – Bronze
Luka Jasprica - Bronze medal
Anke Bielfeld - Bronze medal
Congratulations to Aqil Variava and Lerato Metsing for achieving medals at the regional Eskom Expo for Young Scientists held at the Madiba Hall in Potch on the 1st September 2017. Aqil's project on 'The Algorithm of Life' was awarded bronze while Lerato received gold for her prototype 'Woof feeder'. Well done to both of our young scientists!
School children from Curro schools in the Western Cape recently took part in a cross-continental drone-building challenge, sponsored by Samsung, which looked at how education will change in the future.
Curro is a private education group that is listed on the JSE and has several schools across the country.
The challenge was led by Curro alumni Richard Quantrill, who now works as an English second language educator in South Korea. He and his team won a tender from Samsung for a study to forecast what education might look like in the future
Samsung runs educational programmes in South Korea and also sells curricula to after-school academies (called hagwons).
Hagwons are popular in East Asia, and a lot of South Korean children attend them after their regular school. The academies specialise in difference subjects, including music, dance, maths, English, Lego robotics and soccer.
"Samsung, already having a softwareeducation curriculum in Korea, wanted to expand it to forecast what education might look like in the year 2030," Quantrill says.
"This meant the team was tasked with investigating the idea of creating a future education curriculum using design thinking, problem-based learning and a combination of industry experts and educators in the same classroom."
The teachers were tasked with finding ways to solve challenges of cross-cultural and communication barriers in a teaching environment.
To facilitate this, the educators teamed up with Curro schools in the Western Cape to run a project that would involve a group of learners from each country working together to solve a problem (via video-streaming) and then build a 3D printer and drone from scratch.
Nine learners from several Curro schools, aged between 10 and 14, were invited to work on the science and technology project alongside a group of eight South Korean elementary school learners, aged 10 to 12.
Collaborating across continents via live video-streaming, the teams were asked to come up with ideas to help in a hypothetical mountain rescue.
"Learners had to envision and pretend-orchestrate rescuing a person who was trapped on a mountain while discussing how the rescue plan could be executed, as well as what obstacles they may face in the situation," the Curro school group says in a statement.
Quantrill says the goal of the collaboration was to study how language creates difficulties in communication, while looking at how learners naturally try to solve this communication challenge.
To assist with the language barrier, the children were all given t-shirts with a series of icons printed on them – they were able to point to the icon if they were finding it difficult to communicate through words. The icons included the South African and South Korean flags, and a magnifying glass for search.
After problem-solving, the teams then had to build a drone and a 3D printer that could be used in a real-life mountain rescue scenario.
"The purpose of the drone is an obvious one in a mountain rescue scene, as it can be used as a vehicle to carry supplies to the stranded. However, the function of the 3D printer was a behind-the-scenes accomplice, as it was the tool that 3D prints the required hook to be attached to the drone in order to carry the necessary rescue items," the Curro school group says in a statement.
Quantrill advised and guided the South African learners via video-streaming while they were building the gadgets.
Curro's subject manager for robotics, Dalene Gelderblom, says: "Throughout their six-day challenge, team Curro felt tried and tested, but inevitably walked away with a valuable new skill set.
"They learned how to build a drone and a 3D printer from scratch, how to use SketchUp software – a design program, Arduino programming and they…even learned how to write in Korean!"
Samsung runs similar educational development programmes each year and Quantrill's team aims to apply for the tender again in 2018.
Congratulations to our learners who were part of the ESKOM EXPO! We are very proud of Amy, Duan, Botle and Emanual with there Bronze medals and Meaghan and Jadin with there silwer medals!
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