Meet Mbangiso Mabaso, the self-taught coder changing people's lives

Meet Mbangiso Mabaso, the self-taught coder changing people's lives

A Free State youngster is using the latest technology to make learning interactive and fun. The 28-year-old is helping rural and township learners experience the fun in science.

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Mabaso is the founder of Sisanda Tech, which runs a project called SI Realities, a virtual science laboratory that uses virtual reality to make learning science more interesting.

Through the use of a smart phone, users are able to conduct experiments.

Growing up in a township, Mabaso realised how not having access to an operating science lab at school set him back while studying electrical engineering in university. He was determined to help others in similar situations.

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Meet Mbangiso Mabaso, the self-taught coder changing people's lives

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The first game he created in 2015, Eed, raised awareness about energy conservation. Eed came third in the SAB Kickstart Ignite competition, winning R100 000. This experience led him to creating his virtual lab.

According to SowetanLive, Mabaso undertook many entrepreneurial projects before coming up with Sisanda Tech.

He currently works with eight schools ranging from primary (Grades four to seven) to high schools (Grade 10 to 12) in Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo where he focuses on life science, natural science and technology and is planning to venture into mathematics.

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He says that interest is the key to learning.

“If you don’t have an interest in anything, you will never learn. I had an interest in developing games so I eventually learned how to do just that!”

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