A rocket scientist from Soweto and his team have won bronze at the EdTechXEurope's Global Startup Super League for their success in the education start-up sphere. Nthato Moagi just recently returned from London after winning the African leg of the competition.
The aim of the competition is to recognise new companies making strides in educational technology. They presented their ideas to 900 investors and thought leaders.
Moagi, founder of CRSP dsgn, is known for creating the Low Cost Electronic Robotics Toy (LCERT) as part of his thesis for his BSc in aeronautical engineering at Wits.
The 27-year-old told Sunday World that they were the only African start-up to win and the only one without having raised any venture capital funding yet.
Growing up in Soweto, Moagi has always wanted to get into technology and robotics, but his mom couldn't afford to educate him because she was a factory worker.
"She tried getting me a few of the components, but they were too expensive. So I ended up not pursuing that as a child"
The design of the LCERT provides affordable access to educational resources in classrooms. The kit allows pupils to design and assemble robotics and mechatronic systems.
It is not officially on the market, but more than 1 600 children used it last year.
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