I can't believe that almost four months have passed since the Autodesk team left the Khayamandi Township in South Africa. It took a little bit of time for me to get back into the swing of things in the states. Thoughts continually ran through my head, "How can we continue these efforts, I wonder if the teachers are even using what we taught them, I hope the kids are doing alright."
The days passed but they never left my mind.
I am so excited to share with you all that one of the teachers we worked with was featured on the local news station! It's so cool to see Carl's passion (and Tinkercad t-shirt) shine through!
Take a moment to see how the efforts are living on!
I also wanted to share and update from Moyja, our lead program manager from the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust:
I wish you could have seen Carl. He gave such a good presentation and he was so well prepared. He worked very hard on his presentation and he and John mailed and Skyped so also thanks to John for his support. Carl and his son, who is a learner at Paul Roos, have been tinkering together and Aiden was there on Saturday to help and support his dad. He started his class with a short video of his mother explaining her need for new moulds for her baking (will send it to you when I get it from Carl). It was so quite in the class where they worked on Tinkercad, the learners were really absorbed in the exercise and all working very hard. Carl has created a virtual classroom where he left some exercises for the learners. When they finish their designs they are going to e-mail it to me and we are going to arrange a time that they can come to VisionAfrika to print their designs. In the mean time they can work on their designs in the computer lab at Makupula. Of course the 3D printers were the other stars of the day. The one printer was set up in the hall where everyone could view it in action when they arrived or when they were on a break. It was set-up to print an elephant which took a few hours. The kids and adults were crowding around the printer and getting their minds around the wonder and possibilities of 3D printing.
As the holiday season is upon us, I wanted to share this update with all in the Tinkercad community. Let's see how we can all share our love and passion for Tinkercad in our local communities! If you are doing something cool, let me know so we can highlight it on the blog!
Rock on TinkerStars!
Sarah from Team Tinkercad