Implementation of KILT’s initiatives is backed by the principals, assisted by volunteers and supported by donor funding.
KILT expanded the LEGO Robotics programme to all four high-schools in Knysna in 2018, with 50 learners and 10 teachers participating. As a result, learners’ science and maths marks improved, as did their ability to work as a group.
A Percy Mdala High School team of 10 learners entered the annual FIRST/LEGO league nationwide robotics championship. This challenges children to think like scientists and engineers by building, testing and programming a robot to solve a series of missions.
The school was crowned as overall winner of the Eastern Cape Regional Championship, and consequently took part in the competition at the National Level in Gauteng. This was a mind-expanding experience for the participants, most of whom had never been beyond Knysna, let alone flown in an aeroplane or visited Johannesburg.
In 2019 the programme is being extended to 100 learners and 20 teachers, with the goal of having a team of 10 in each grade in all four high schools.
“There is a secret weapon behind all of it, which is expressing skills – programming, building, teamwork, self-conﬁdence. Some of us did not know we could be good at such things. But now we have found out more about ourselves, and of course, we would like to take these skills further.”