Frequently Asked Questions
Here we aim to answer your questions, both technical and also about the benefits of Seebox for learners.
How does the course work in practice?
Our online course is done in concert with the SeeBlocks Circuit Creator system. The course progresses through videos, questions, guided practical experiments where you have to build a circuit to apply the knowledge gained, and finally quizzes to test your knowledge.
What will be expected of the Supervisor?
Nothing will be expected on the level of technical skills and knowledge of electronics. The Seebox course starts with explainer videos and easy to follow directions for learners.
The supervisor should just make sure that the learners are logged into the LMS on the internet.
What happens if the SeeBlocks break? Can it be fixed? Must it be replaced?
Damaging components is a normal part of the process of experimentation and learning. You can order packs of replacement LEDs etc. from us.
If you accidentally have a connector-nut come off, it can be soldered back on in place to fix the component block.
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, libraries and the workplace with NO existing technical knowledge. That is the motivation behind Seebox and the reason why it has won prizes like the Africa Entrepreneurship Award 2015 and SAB Social Innovation.
How many SeeBlocks does an institution need?
The answer to this question depends on how your setup works. If you want each learner to work at the same time, then you need one set of SeeBlocks per child to use while they are doing the online course on the Seebox LMS. Thus if there are 20 learners at a time, the institution would need 20 sets of SeeBlocks, or else a good option would be to schedule learners in sessions.
For companies, you will purchase the online course for each worker, and will need as many sets of SeeBlocks as you want to be able to do the course at a time.
Who can use the Seebox?
- Learners from 13 years and older,
- Workplace skills training – Seebox is SETA accredited, and thus companies can get Skills Development credits for the Seebox course,
- 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 to learn by doing experiments on real electronic hardware,
- Tangible progress and feedback foster their belief in their own abilities.
Is Seebox only for schools or companies? What about other environments like home use?
It can be used in any environment where learning happens, eg. schools, the home, public libraries, learning centres, non-profit centres, government 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. They are useful for fostering an interest in engineering, but do not teach the underlying principles, and thus do not prepare learners for engineering studies.
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 that exist only in 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 practised until you become good at it. So Seebox puts the focus on practical experiments to engage 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 textbook and then testing that knowledge by having the learner recall it during an exam.