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KETIV's Nathan Eliason: Impacting Kayamandi, South Africa

by Rick Garvey on Apr 28, 2017

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KETIV’s Nathan Eliason is headed to Kayamandi, South Africa as part of an Autodesk and Team4Tech project. The team consists of volunteers from Autodesk and Adobe, and we’re happy to represent KETIV in such a positive way. The team will spend time working alongside teachers and children from schools in the community.

Read further to discover more information on the project, described by Nathan. Nathan will continue to provide updates during his two weeks in Kayamandi.

Today, I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited about my trip to South Africa. I’ve always thought it would be a rewarding experience to help promote science education, but I never thought I’d have a chance to share my knowledge with children on the other half of the globe.

For the next two weeks, I’ll be working with teachers and students in Kayamandi. Kayamandi is a village that is part of Stellenbosch. It’s a fairly small town with about 35,000 people, and those in the village pride themselves in their creativity.

Over the past two years, two different teams have gone to Kayamandi to help augment their technology and education in the sciences. They have done activities such as setting up computer labs, installing and teaching students to use 3D printers, and teaching basic CAD skills. We are told the students are excited to be able to access such state-of-the-art technology, and that they are hungry to learn more.

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With members of my team from Autodesk and Adobe, we will be developing curriculum to inspire children of all ages to get excited about science, technology, and innovation. I look forward to meeting and working with them at a personal level.

The video below shows Autodesk’s Sara O’Rourke describing the importance of the project and how the team had to approach teaching students and teachers in the community.

Stay tuned as I give more updates on my journey throughout the next couple of weeks.

 - Nathan Eliason, Senior Technical Specialist at KETIV

To read more about this project, check out the articles from previous trips to Kayamandi:

Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Impact in Kayamandi

Autodesk Team4Tech Challenges South African Students to Create a Better Solution for Water Collection and Storage

Topics: Education, Autodesk Foundation, Team4Tech, Autodesk Team4Tech, Giving Back, South Africa

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