FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we aim to answer your questions, both technical and also about the benefits of Seebox for your institution.

General Questions:

 

What are Seebox Playboards?

Each board basically contains a module for the school subjects Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronic Technology or Digital Technology.  This can be likened to a chapter in a book, but combined with videos, interactive questions, sketches and experiments.  As soon as a certain board is connected to Seebox, the relevant learning material is unlocked.  Directions for use are supplied with the product.  At this point we have to stress that Seebox is suitable for anyone of any age who is interested in electronics and want to learn more about how it works.  However, most users will be school learners and students, who will find a tremendous benefit from working on Seebox.

What will be expected of the Supervisor?

Nothing will be expected on the level of technical skills and knowledge of electronics.  The Seebox is issued with a full user guide which contains easy to follow directions for learners.
The supervisor should just make sure that the Seebox is connected to an active electrical connection and to the internet (which can be supplied by the Seebox Gateway or any other internet connection).  The Seebox can be mounted on a table to safeguard the device against theft.  As for the playboards, they can be checked out from the supervisor by the learner exactly the same as a book in a library.

How much space does Seebox require?

The Seebox does not require much space. It is about the same size as an A4 page.

What Backup and After-sales service is offered?

Seebox has a 2 year guarantee.  Because most Seebox users are children, the designers have made sure the Seebox is a very robust product.  If it breaks while still under warranty, it will be repaired or replaced.

What happens if the device breaks? Can it be fixed? Must it be replaced?

Yes, it can be fixed, but, like any other technology, it will sometimes have to be replaced.

What technical skills will be required from Supervisors?

No technical skills needed. The aim of Seebox is to take technical training to places like schools and libraries with NO existing technical knowledge. That is the motivation behind Seebox and the reason why it has won prizes like the Africa Entrepreneurship Award and SAB Social Innovation.

How many Seeboxes does a school need?

The answer to this question depends on how the teacher or supervisor teaches electronics to the kids. If you want each learner to work and learn at their own pace, then you need a Seebox per child in the classroom – typically the science classroom. Thus if there are 20 children per class, the school would need 20 Seeboxes.
If the teacher is only interested in teaching electronics in groups, then small groups of 4 children can work per Seebox. In such a case the school would only require 5 Seeboxes for a class of 20 learners.
NB: When using the Seebox in a group capacity, Seebox cannot collect any valuable Learner Progress data, and thus the learning that happens in the group will not reflect in each child’s profile on the Seebox LMS (learner management system).

Benefits and Reasoning behind Seebox:

Who can use the Seebox?

Children from 12 years and older,
Electrical and electronic engineering students,
Hobbyists and other people who are curious and want to play around and learn about electronics.

What does Seebox have to offer learners?

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn” — Ignacio Estrada
Seebox exposes learners to the exciting field of electronic engineering,
Develop their problem-solving thinking,
Allow them learn by doing experiments on real electronic hardware,
Integrated with a game software and,
The learner ID tag track their progress, which can be used to make them employable,
Foster their believe in their own abilities.

Is Seebox only for schools? What about other environments like home use?

It can be used in any environment where learning happens, eg. primary and secondary schools, the home, public libraries, learning centers, non-profit and governmental training programs, corporate in-job training facilities.

How does Seebox differ from other educational systems like robotics kits, low-cost single-board computers, and electronic simulation software?

Robotics kits and single-board computers focus only on software development.
But electronics is the basis that all software runs on.
Seebox is physical and tangible, which kids love.
Because it uses real-world components the possibilities are endless.
It is not limited to a library of virtual components created for the software.
It creates a deeper understanding, which makes a person a better engineer.

What is the difference between the Seebox’s way of developing engineers and scientists and the rest of the educational apps out there?

Problem solving ability cannot be taught from a book or by passively watching videos.  It must be practiced until you become good at it.  So Seebox puts the focus on engaging the learner and measuring while the problem-solving process is in progress.  This is different from presenting a learner with information in the form of a video or a text book and then testing that knowledge by having the learner recall it during an exam.