Friday, August 3, 2018

National Science Week vibes are not yet over.



We breath Science, we talk and walk Science and all around us is Science. Even our democracy is Science. Science is beautiful and at OR Tambo Mathematics,Science and Technology Academy, we made it possible for kids to enjoy Science and Technology during the National Science Week 2018.


 Ms. Nomusa Keninda presented amazing topical issues to the learners before their hands on activities on Coding from Minecraft Hour of Code programme. “These kids should start debating about their world in technology” saidNomusa Keninda. They must embrace change in the ICT space. It must not be the first time they hear about the Forth Industrial Revolution, the Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things , 3D printing and robotics because these are topical issues in education globally.
Mpumalanga ICT Club Founder, Nomusa Keninda doesn’t sleep at night not researching about any new concepts and skill in ICT. She is digitally fluent and willing to share her knowledge about digital learning. “ We are organizing teachers workshops across Nkangala District to train teachers to facilitate Computer Science-Coding in their schools and community during Africa Code Week 2018” she urged teachers to attend in numbers as these workshops are free.

The Club has two initiatives for learners: The DigiGirlz event where grade 9 girls are introduced to IT Careers and Coding with Microsoft team of young ladies who motivate the girls to take up Maths and Science subjects at school in order to venture into IT Careers. The CreatIvITy Workshops initiative is for grade 11 and 12 girls who are trained on Positive Personal Branding and how to develop their own websites and blogs. She is doing a great job in Mpumalanga and also in other provinces as requested.

The National Science Week 2018 was launched by the Minister of Science and Technology, at Mpumalanga University on the 28 July 2018 to kick start the National Science Week 2018. The aim is to popularize Science to broader community and to allow everyone to participate in the National Science Week.

DigiGirlz Event Travels to Limpopo



It never crossed our minds that the DigiGirlz event initiative will ever reached GaMaja Village in Limpopo but it did. On the 11June 2018, Kgetsa Primary School warmly received Nomusa Keninda, the Mpumalanga ICT Club Founder in their school to Launch the DigiGirlz event. Her visit was made possible by the so called TechnoGogo , Phuti Ragophala.


1. Motivational session: We bring female Microsoft Employees to tell their life journey into IT careers and their day to day work at Microsoft South Africa through Skype or Physically as they can on the day.
2. Coding session: Girls are then introduced to the Hour of Code -Minecraft theme and Scratch 

Mrs. Phuti Ragophala from Limpopo and Nomusa Keninda
From Mpumalanga at Kgetsa Primary School ICT Lab.
The great and real moment at Kgetsa Primary school was brought by Ms. Mathapelo Sehume and Megan Rademeyer on Skype. Mathapelo is an IT Technician for SchoolnetSA. She grapple with IT skill when it was not fashionable to find a girl in this career. She was the best out of few male classmates.

The road to GaMaja Village was amazing, with all the mountain ranges and river valleys surrounding the tiny but crowded village made me understand that kids are kids, where they come from don’t define their destination. They are all looking forward to equal opportunities to change their situations for better. 
Mpumalanga ICT Club will always support you.





Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CODING TRAIN THE TRAINER PICNIC WORKSHOPS NEAR YOU


The Mpumalanga ICT CLUB in partnership with SchoolnetSA will be hosting the Train the Trainer Coding Workshops scheduled as it appears on the poster above. Nkangala district teachers are invited on first come first come basis as they register on the link https://goo.gl/QT5kBK . Maximum of 60 teachers are expected to hit the call to be trained as facilitators of Coding during the Africa Code Week in October and the Hour of Code during December.

The sessions will be divided into two- Megan Radameyer from SchoolnetSA will conduct the Hour of Code Activities and Nomusa Keninda will conduct the Scratch Activities. Teachers must all join the Microsoft Educator Community Portal  https://education.microsoft.com/

CODING IS A NEW LANGUAGE, EVERY CHILD DESERVES TO BE FLUENT

We expect teachers to train learners and the community especially the youth during the Africa Code Week and Hour of Code events of 2018 respectively.

Arrival for ICE BREAKING ACTIVITIES and TEA is 08H00 for 10H00 START.

Friday, May 18, 2018

We Code, We Rise, We shine, We are DigiGirlz

DigiGirlz and Scratch Day Event 
Mpumalanga ICT Club hosted one of the powerful event in town called DigiGirlz and Scratch Day on the 12 May 2018, at Nkangala Tvet College, Witbank Campus. Grade 9 girls from Zacheus Malaza, TP Sililo, Ilanga, Sibukosethu, Nkonjane, Tshwenyane Schools Witbank Campus IT faculty including the Roman Catholic Church youth attended the event


Thandi helping DigiGirlz on Minecraft Hour of Code 
DigiGirlz aimed at motivating young girls into IT careers and hands on experience in Computer Science popular known as Coding.The girls were fortunate to interact with Microsoft employees, getting to know where they come from, what studies they went through and what are the requirement for the courses, their day to day work at Microsoft South Africa.


“Township schools and poor background must not define your future destiny but your academic achievements especially in Mathematics and Sciences  can make you rise above all” said Ms Khutso Malungane during the motivational session. She actually came from a remote, dusty village in Limpopo and works for Microsoft South Africa. The girls also interacted with Ms Londiwe Mdluli  age 23, from  Microsoft South Africa also from Limpopo province and Maudi Ramaboea

The girls showered our guests with poetry, dance and songs. SchoolnetSA was represented by Megan Rademeyer who actually made this event a success. “ thank you, you are wonderful, shine followed by thunder of applause" thats how the guests and presenters were applauded.

“We actually wanted to see all schools in the Nkangala District and beyond participating in DigiGirlz and Scratch events but we have limited resources” said Ms Nomusa Keninda who is the founder of  the Mpumalanga ICT  Club and an ELearning Specialist, also a Microsoft Innovation Educator Expert (MIEExpert)
Khutso Malungane and Nomusa Keninda


“Girls who are exposed to IT careers and role models are likely to take up STEM subjects” alluded Megan. This event was indeed a powerful idea  and looking forward to host more. The girls were afforded an opportunity to learn Coding on the Hour of Code platform and Scratch. It was a busy day for Nomusa Keninda and her team of volunteers helping girls to Code while others from Witbank Campus hospitality studies were preparing food for the girls. Thanks to Vuyokazi chef leader on campus.

Nomzamo Makhotha helping DigiGirlz on Scratch 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mpumalanga ICT Club Connects the African Continent



Eastdene Combined Scratchers led by Pytjani 
They are saying “Flowa Powa, Merci Les Amis” when they come across our Coding pictures in the Africa Code Week sites. They retweet and like our Twitter and Facebook posts. It was a fantastic week of coding called Africa Code Week on the 18-25 October 2017 in Africa.
Scratchers who facilitates Africa Code Week:
 Motlabayile, Ntomfuthi
Florence, Ntombizodwa and Nomusa 

Africa Code Week is an initiative that gives opportunity to millions of kids, youth and even adults in Africa to learn Coding. Mpumalanga ICT Club volunteered to partner with Cape Town Science Centre to train teachers and learners to Code using Scratch as a language. Like we say “Coding is a new language, Every child deserves to be fluent”  #AfricaCodeWeek #Scratch
Mthombeni Primary School in the Steve Tshwete 
Municipality

“ We hosted number of workshops in EMalahleni and Siyabuswa before the official start of the Africa Code Week and more than 200 teachers were trained.” Ms. Nomusa Keninda- Facilitator and Mpumalanga ICT Club Founder relates. 

“We were 100% ready to put the Club on the map of Africa, connecting every coding organizations along our dots and learning the best in Africa” said Ms. Ntombizodwa Gininda enthusiastically. She is a Scratch and PowerPoint Facilitator in the Club. We adopted few learners at schools as Coding Coordinators to teach other kids to Code and to take care of their Computer Labs.

“Volunteering your skills to shape the future of this country, is the best thing that happened to me. We love doing what we do in the Mpumalanga ICT Club” comments from Ms. Florence Sibiya- Volunteer in the Club.

Comments about the Africa Code Week in and around the country:
“Flowa Powa For Mpumalanga ICT Club”, thanks for hosting Africa Code Week in our school, forward with technology at our school, keep on rolling, keep on don’t tire , what a beautiful day we had, tholukuthi siyaScratcher, we are Scratchers, thank Nomusa Keninda for unleashing our children potential, Uyibatla kay’ koComputeng.

Compiled by Nomusa Keninda- eLearning Specialist and Mpumalanga ICT Club Founder