Langenhoven High School
• Stephan Hendriks B.Ing (Metallurgical Eng.)
• Hendrikus (Rieks) Kampman B.Ing (Electronic Eng.)
• Martin Roestorff B.Ing (Electronic Eng.)
• Kevin I Smith B.Ing (Electronic Eng.)
Langenhoven High School
Le Roux Str
P.O. Box 49
Tel: 028 713 1065
What did we do? :
As engineering students we felt that the best way to give back to the community was by using our skills in mathematics, science and computer use to help in the education process of high-school learners.
We gave extra classes in maths, spoke to learners about tertiary studies, educated them about engineering as a career and discussed propper computer use and internet safety.
Where did we do the project?
Langenhoven High School
When did we do the project?
In planning this project it was decided that it would be the most practical to go to Stilbaai during varsity break, since schools don’t have the same break time as varsity and we needed the time to be able to complete our intended goal. In effect we braved the perils of the long roads of southern Africa to the Western Cape, Stilbaai, to share skills and impart to others what our time at varsity has taught us.
We arranged with the principle of Langenhoven High School to employ our project at his school. Suffice to say we were welcomed warmly and with great curiosity. Many of the personnel and learners, as well as natives to Stilbaai, were very interested to learn who we were, were we came from and what we represented.
Once in Stilbaai we used first week to simply plan out what we wanted to convey once the school started. We constructed presentations on the correct use of internet, what the nature of engineering is, and the subject of tertiary studies. (We also considered sharpening our math skills for the coming week but only for an absurdly short moment, since we were already as sharp as cleavers) (Date: 8 July, since schools didn’t reopen from midyear break until the 16th) During this time we lodged at Jongensfontein where one of our group member’s family graciously hosted us. Once the school reopened we daily drove from Jongensfontein to Riversdale, where the school is situated.
What did we do?
We wanted to impact the community by improving Math skills; this is a sore point in many schools and n growing problem. Secondly we went about making more people aware of what engineering really is and why it is important in modern society and infrastructure. And last but not least, informing young learners of tertiary studies and the importance thereof. We also might have definitely insinuated that TUKS is the best.
Funny story about where we did our project. Once we were settled in at Langenhoven, the Vice Principle asked us to extend a presentation on the what, where, who and why of University (Tertiary study) to another school in the community, Gerrit du Plessis High school. It is indescribable how hungry this learners are for information and how interested they were to learn about studies after school.
Lessons learnt and way forward.
We are proud to report that this was an extremely educational experience everyone should enjoy! Sufficed to say we had a great time and enjoyed giving back to the community. We realised that we are extremely fortunate in our circumstances and that we have an obligation to ourselves to be all that we can be. We also learned that we could never be teachers; it simply takes too much caring and patience. But on the bright side this is definitely something we would do again!
“Not only was a trip to the Cape a first for me, but sharing knowledge with the youth of our country definitely opened my mind to the state of education in South Africa. Teachers have a very difficult task of getting the youth to realise the importance of being a literate member of society. The community needs to invest in their future, and to do that they need to invest in the youth. I believe our brief visit definitely brought this kind of change.”
“It was a very fun project and I learnt quite a lot about the education system and giving classes. The teachers were singular in their enthusiasm and concern for their learners. I would very much like to learn what an impact we had on the learners in our short time there.”
"This was a terrifyingly terrific treat of a project which taught me a lot. Had lots of fun with the teamwork aspects and giving back to the community. This is definitely something I would do again. Also I noticed that the tea during break gets you through the day."
“A great experience and learning curve! Would love to do something similar in the future. Had a great time with the team, learners and personnel of Hoërskool Langenhoven. It was invigorating to work with fellow engineering students on a project where we could use our knowledge to help others. Learned a lot, taught quite a bit; all in all: had an amazing time!”
We arrived at the school. We had a meeting with some of the teachers and vice principle. In this meeting we determined what exactly our role for the week would be. We spoke to the school Math Teacher and devised a plan to help her improve the math of those that needed our help the most. We then proceeded in helping learners in their math skills. The teacher identified the learners that needed our help the most and we started to get to know them as well as determining the best way that we could help them.
We continued working with our maths learners, helping them with the things they struggled with in the July exams. We made arrangements to work with the maths class after school as well. We also addressed the Gr 12 learners in a talk about university and how to prepare yourself for being a student.
On this day we spoke to the grades 8 through 11 about computer and internet use and safety. We also continued working with the maths learners in class time and after school.
For this day we were contracted out to the other high school in town, Gerrit du Plessis, where we spoke to the Gr 9-12’s about university, i.e. where to study, what to study, why you should go study, how varsity is different from school and how to apply for bursaries. After the morning’s events we went back to Langenhoven h/s to work with the maths class.
On our last day there we finished our work with the maths class and then gave a quick introductory class in calculus with a sneak peak at what calculus is useful for and what you learn in calculus 3 at university. We also gave informative lectures to the grade 10, 11 and 12 learners about engineering as course at university and as ‘n career after school.
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