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New Cloud Academy (NCA) in Somerset West is soon to launch a Makerspace event, which aims to expand on known technology and familiarise young people with cutting edge tech – with a view to hosting an inter-school Robotwars event by June 2020.

According to JC van der Merwe, professional development facilitator at NCA, and former UNISA student advisor and counsellor, there is an entire generation of young people that is tech-savvy, but experience a weakness in exposure to new technologies, which are constantly changing.

He says: “The creativity needs to be used correctly, and we teach millennials and post-millennials to direct their energy into something positive. Such things as the fourth industrial revolution, coding and robotics are important concepts to understand.” Van der Merwe adds that the Makerspace will equip young talent exactly with what they need.

“We can support them, we have the equipment required, such as laser cutters, 3D printers, millions of components and an engineering programme worth R120 000. All they need is to bring an idea that will benefit people or benefit the planet.”

NCA has partnered up with SolidWorks – solid modelling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering computer program – to develop youngsters into the professionals they need to become.

“The idea behind starting a Robotwars is to assist students with understanding how all these technologies work together to create something absolutely remarkable,” said van der Merwe.

He explained that younger generations are experiencing challenges in the technology “generation gap” and often compete with their parents to understand the evolution of tech.

“My mission is ethical development. What are we doing for our community and our planet in terms of what we create? Youngsters can create a job for themselves if they can invent something that has a positive impact on people or the environment.”

Van der Merwe cited the invention of a river cleaning system prototype that lifts plastic off the bottom of a river as a classic example of an invention that has a major impact on the community.

“The main thing is to expose students to engineering, coding and design in a range of different fields,” he said, adding that NCA wished to teach megatronics and are looking for a diverse group of people. This includes focusing on critical thinking, how to discern information on social media and honesty.

“Once you get the spark we can get you going, we have all the resources” reiterated Van der Merwe.

The Makerspace launch will be held on 14 August at the NCA premises in Bright Street, Somerset West.

Space is limited and interested individuals are urged to RSVP to kayleigh.behrens18@gmail.com.

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