Project: CiTA - Date: 2019-03-21
The objective of the CiTA project is to give pupils and student an opportunity to get in touch with technique and engineering. And when we say engineering these days we mean electrical and mechanical devices controlled by (simple) computers. These devices can vary from all kind of sensors to simple mechanical devices like moving robot arms. That sounds like a substantial investment but prices in this area have dropped tremendously during the last few years: since computers are usually already available in Secondary Schools, a complete laboratory set for two students can be made available for between 50 and 100 euro (between 60 and 120 dollar). And most of the students are really eager to experiment with this equipment. However, some guidance and support will always be needed at this level, even for the most motivated students and even when detailed handouts are available. And this is just the problem in many Secondary Schools. Staff is often not familiar with the topic and, if they are, there is a good chance they leave to industry. That is to a large extend why the recent introduction at two schools did not have the success that was hoped for.
Annual Report 2018
Project: Algemeen - Date: 2019-03-18
This report briefly looks back at 2018, SOZ's ninth year.
Manual; Raspberry Pi intro
Project: CiTA - Date: 2019-03-18
Handout from the RP3 course 2019
Project: PiVoT - Date: 2019-03-18
About a year ago the girls dormitory has been completed. Well over thirty girls that live far from school – a two hours walk from home to school is not uncommon – make use of it now. With the supervision the school offers, the dormitory does not only offer accommodation but it is also a substitute for ‘home’. It goes without saying that as well the girls themselves as their parents and the school are very enthusiastic about the new facilities.
PiVoT & CiTA; an update
Project: CiTA, PiVoT - Date: 2018-04-15
Two years ago the CiTA — Computers in Technical Applications — project started. Aim of this project is to let the students gain knowledge in controlling equipment using computers. In that way they become familiar with a variety of sensors and actuators — and the underlying physical principles — as well as with the development of software for the communication of the computer with the ' surrounding world '. Writing software trains the student in analyzing technical problems and stimulates logical thinking.
Manual; Raspberry Pi intro
Project: CiTA - Date: 2018-04-15
Handout from the RP3 course 2018
Combine the practical with the pleasurable
Project: CiTA - Date: 2018-03-23
We were asked by the University of Nairobi to give the workshop that had been developed for Zambia also there. We were pleased to grant this request even though strictly speaking it was outside the objectives of the Foundation. In 2018 the first two workshops were given for 16 students at Master and Phd level. The workshops were very successful and will be repeated for a group of 32 students in 2019. The handout, as well as the powerpoint presentation of the lecture on robots and artificial intelligence, are available from this site.
Annual Report 2017
Project: Algemeen - Date: 2018-01-01
This report briefly looks back at 2017, SOZ's eighth year.
Kalwala High School
Project: PiVoT - Date: 2017-08-05
For some month now the school is officially registered (gazetted) as Kalwala High School. The school has the status of ‘boarding school’ but is also registered as ‘school for continuing education’. At the moment the boarding facilities are still limited but it is the intention to expand these in the future. A school for continuing education offers courses and training programs to adults; in our case these programs are in the same field as the regular high school courses.
Project: PiVoT - Date: 2017-05-21
Because the number of students is increasing more furniture is needed. Not only for the classrooms but also for the dining hall. As much as possible local craftsmen are being involved in producing whatever is needed for the school or whenever maintenace is required.
The pictures show the local carpenter constructing sets of tables and benches for the dining hall.
Many of the local craftsmen are trained by the school itself. After their education a number of them start their own business. Of course they are happy with any work order they get - for instance from the school.