Coding and robotics added to Edu Inc curriculum

Private school Education Incorporated (Edu Inc) has expanded its approach to learning, introducing coding and robotics as part of its hybrid education model.

Based in Fourways, Sandton, Edu Inc was founded in 2013 by Gershom and Jacqueline Aitchisons. The school offers classes from grades 4 to 12, with a maximum of 12 learners per class. It has 60 learners in total.

In an interview with ITWeb, Gershom Aitchisons, head of Edu Inc, said adding coding and robotics to the school’s curriculum is in line with ensuring learners are technologically ready for the future. after registration.

“Our learners live in a world that is changing and developing at an exponential rate,” he says. “Our goal is to introduce learners to a system that prepares them to become future entrepreneurs who can be critical thinkers, with the ability to create, build, problem solve and develop ideas.

Aitchisons explains that Edu Inc purchased six Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots; a programmable power supply, servo motors, and color, touch, and infrared sensors help the robots move and communicate to familiarize learners with robots and how to build one.

“Our seventh, eighth, and ninth graders are given technology skills as they have to complete a project where they have to build a Raspberry Pi, a very small computer with built-in Bluetooth, network facilities, and visual ports.”

Edu Inc is registered with the Gauteng Department of Education, Independent Examinations Council, Association of Independent Schools of Southern Africa, as well as the Umalusi Council.

Learners need a minimum of 50% to pass any subject at Edu Inc, Aitchisons says, adding that those who aspire to an Edu Inc pass must receive an overall average of 75%.

Given the school’s hybrid approach, Aitchisons notes that Edu Inc currently has one learner in the UK and one learner in Durban, and is also targeting learners who are migrating and do not want to change schools.

“We spend time working with our learners on how to implement effective study strategies, work collaboratively in groups, and best demonstrate the preparation students put on assessments and exams.

“At Education Incorporated, we recognize that all children are unique individuals and that large and busy environments overwhelm some children. Our environment recognizes and nurtures the potential of each child, working hand-in-hand with them, showing them what what it’s like to learn in a safe, supportive and positive environment,” he concludes.

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