How many schools are equipping their kids to become technology workers? How many schools actually have the teachers and resources to teach a subject like electronics to their students?
The reality is by far the most schools don’t, which begs the question – are schools perhaps equipping their learners for jobs that won’t exist 20 years from now, and failing to equip them for jobs that will be in demand 20 years from now…
Schools don’t teach electronics because of a few reasons:
- They don’t have specialized teachers to teach it.
- They don’t have resources, such as an electronics lab.
- They don’t have the budget to get the resources.
An Educational Tool
We took the instruments that every professional electronics engineer use every day, and turned it into an education tool to teach electronics to kids. First we combined 6 powerful instruments into a single futuristic-looking product, and then we turned this professional test instrument into an educational tool with a whole ecosystem of learning material. All aimed at empowering schools to prepare their pupils for a career in technology. These include “playboards”, animated videos and practical exams.
Seebox enables any school to start offering electronics as a subject without an electronics teacher needed. For technical high schools that already offer electronics as a subject, the Seebox enables them to make their electronics classes hands-on, practical and fun. The learning material is based on the CAPS curriculum.
Seebox exposes students to the fundamentals of electronics from an early age. With the Learner ID system children can build up a record of their practical abilities in electronics. It keeps track of the learner’s progress, including all the hours spent using it, the videos watched and the concepts mastered. Practical mastery in electronics is of more value to potential employers or bursaries providers than the ability to memorize and recite theory in an exam.
Schools as Custodians of the Future
As a bonus the system actually allows the school to identify the learners that show interest and aptitude in the technical fields. A curious child is the one that will spend the most time measuring and exploring, and not necessarily the one that studies the hardest before exams.
Schools are the custodians of the most valuable resource for the coming AI revolution, namely the technology worker. In the industrial age, a worker is just a worker and can easily be replaced with another worker. In the technological era, however, research have shown that the difference between the productivity of two individual engineers can be as high as 10 times. This means one engineer can do in 4 hours what takes another one a full week.
The need of Technology Companies
This dynamic makes it of the utmost importance for tech companies to select the most productive engineers to employ, the engineers that are practically-minded and good at problem solving.
Seebox enables a school to develop this valuable resource. And because technology companies already realize the value and scarcity of technology workers, schools can get a technology company to sponsor their Seeboxes, investing in future engineers. And lastly, Seebox is ultimately a sophisticated professional test- and measurement instrument. It was designed to be used by professional electronic engineers on their desks every day, so the experience accumulated while using the Seebox will be useful to the student for the rest of his or her career.
Seebox has the following functionality specifically for schools:
- It combines all the instruments needed to work with electronics.
- A lock mechanism so classrooms can be left unattended.
- Learner ID tags to identify learners and track their activity and progress.
- Animated educational videos for self-paced learning.
- Low-cost “playboards” to build and test simple circuits and learn by experimentation.
- Software to enable teachers to quickly set up practical tests and automatically do the grading.
- Schools get a whole curriculum, so it doesn’t put extra work load on the teachers.
also read Inspiration for the Seebox