The world today is seen through digital eyes. And if the eyes of the child forecast the blueprints of the future, how could it not be that the young gazelle’s gaze would need digital shaping?
Coding is the bread and butter of the digital world. As Forbes once wrote in a piece: “without coding, computers would literally do nothing.”
In line with modern movements, earlier this year, the Department of Basic Education set its sights on making coding a part of the 2021 school curriculum.
Coding and robotics would be introduced at 54 schools as part of the piloting project, as IOL informs.
Multiple grades, mounts of intrigue, and divergent resources are all playing a role in shaping the minds of our young digital innovators. However, you might be interested to know that the biggest players in the game are helping the little guys out.
Astron Energy and the Cape Town Science Centre
Petroleum and energy giant, Astron Energy (formerly known as our friendly Caltex) has been in collaboration with the Cape Town Science Centre (CTSC) for a number of years already, funding training for teachers as well as tuition programs for students.
Now, in line with the coding spectrum, it’s the Code on the Road (COR) initiative that’s taking centre stage as the travelling science centre is helping more young coders now more than ever before.
Code on the Road is a nonprofit civil society organization committed to building an inclusive and equal society. It’s a part of the CTSC, which is gaining a lot of funding from Astron Energy’s School Program.
While COR cruises along visiting various schools and helping budding coders in their endeavours, they also offer metric master classes as well as physical science tutoring.
The Astron Energy Schools Programme is also a huge supporter of the coding game; supporting 20 schools, 10 primary schools and 10 high schools in the Western Cape.
As their refinery is based in Milnerton, they also have a healthy focus on the surrounding communities in the area- as does COR.
Astron energy is the no.2 petroleum company in South Africa and operates the refinery in Cape Town, which is the third-largest in South Africa.
Looking to the future, we see a digital landscape. It’s powerful to see non-profits and energy giants working together to make that landscape a little more South African.