DI Botswana on a mission to spread STEAM education

DI Botswana boot camp in Regent International School in Metsimotlhabe. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG
DI Botswana boot camp in Regent International School in Metsimotlhabe. PIC PHATSIMO KAPENG

METSIMOTLHABE: Destination Imagination (DI) Botswana, an institution dedicated to merging Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education with essential skills is making strides across the country.

DI Botswana's exercise targets young learners mostly at primary level, but also includes those in secondary and tertiary schools. The institution has embarked on a nationwide boot camp tour and in the previous weekend DI Botswana was at Regent International School in Metsimotlhabe. DI Botswana in conjunction with the Regent International School hosted a one-day boot camp on Saturday hosted at the Regent's Metsimotlhabe campus.

The learners in the one-day boot camp were trained on, building, coding and racing robots, drone coding and flying, Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered music creation and also a team building challenges that are to harness communication skills, problem solving and leadership skills. "We give them different kinds of robot sets and they build them up. After they build them up, we give them some computers to try programming the robots using the language we call scratch, which is child user friendly," DI Botswana's resident trainer, Sophia Diboko told Mmegi on Saturday. "We also have a book called Tech For Learners, it just helps them with what robotics and coding is all about, so they use it here so that when they get home they can continue with what they learned," she added Diboko said it is vital to introduce STEAM education at a young age as she said this educational approach has become part of the daily lives.

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