Introducing learners from disadvantaged areas to coding concepts without computers

In South Africa (as in many other countries) there is a desperate shortage of Software Developers. 16000 of our 25000 schools do not have computer labs. Consequently millions of learners from mainly disadvantage communities are mainly unaware of the lucrative career opportunities in the field. TANKS was a postgraduate project conducted by Byron Batteson in the Department of Computing Sciences at Nelson Mandela University. TANKS makes use of customized tokens, a mobile app and image recognition to introduce learners to coding concepts that would be taught in a typical introductory programming module at university. Compared to the need of computer labs or expensive robots, TANKS is thus a very low cost solution to the problem.

 

Tags: Tanks Coding, Unplugged Coding, Teaching Coding Concepts