A pod of ten unattended “behind-the-glass” computer kiosks has been running at the Raglan Road Multipurpose Centre in Grahamstown for more than three years. The goal is to enhance computational thinking skills, and to provide logic, mathematical, reading and computer literacy skills via edutainment and fun. The technology is explicitly engineered so that usage is not dependent on having willing teachers as supervisors. Initially targeted at 7-13 year old children, we’ve had to make adaptations for younger children from the on-site pre-primary school.
The Bing Bee facility also complements the Computer Centre that is already running successfully at Raglan Road, and will dovetail well with the proposed new Fingo Village Community Library to be built on the premises.