Welcome to www.RobotScience.co.za by Coach Michael.

This website has been assisting young people make their own robots for more than 10 years.

When Coach Michael returned from Atlanta to Johannesburg, after working for two years in the USA for an American software company, he was determined to bring youth robotics back to South Africa as there wasn't much happening back then.

From 2004 in addition to his regular job to support his family Coach Michael started offering private robotics classes at schools trying to develop a sustainable business model that would allow him to offer the same classes to underprivileged youth.

From the early days of YouTube Coach Michael started making instructional videos to help young people learn how to build and program robots, he also started writing clear instructions and methodical textbooks aimed at teenagers age 14-18.

In 2014 with a small grant from the Mark Shuttleworth Foundation he was able to start a robotics programme for underprivileged youth at University of Johannesburg TechnoLab.

In 2015 Coach Michael was invited to serve full time at UJ TechnoLab, where he started programmes to teach robotics to underprivileged youth and established a robotics competition that grew rapidly every year.

The 'Fees Must Fall' campaign unfortunately resulted in a shortage of funding and cancellation of Coach Michael's robotics programes, and the robotics competition he started at University of Johannesburg.

No longer at University of Johannesburg, to support his family he took a job with South Africa's only privately owned engineering company with manufacturing interests in aerospace, defence and security equipment, Paramount Group, where he hopes to keep the dream of South African youth robotics alive.

Over and above his job designing and prototyping parts and equipment, Coach Michael and his colleages host regular groups of youths from underprivileged communities at Paramount Labs where they fly quadcopters, and learn to program robots.

The Paramount Labs team, consisting of Coach Michael, Chantal, Joshua and Jonathan, also visit schools regularly to inspire Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners to take maths and science to Grade 12 and enrol in a university post matric to study engineering.

If you are a learner, teacher or parent, and you would like to bring a youth group to Paramount's Midrand Campus to fly quadcopters and learn more about robotics please contact chantal.roos@paramountgroup.com.



Please do spend some time exploring this website as there's a lot of information here to help you get started with an exciting career in systems engineering









QUESTION:

How can I get started building my own desktop robot?

ANSWER:

Click on the ROBOTICS 101 textbook cover below.









ROBOTICS 101




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