Young engineer transforms education in South Africa using robotics

Young engineer transforms education in South Africa using robotics

Tyrone van Balla built a robot as a tool to teach children about robotics, this is a first in South Africa where a robot is teaching children.

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Tyrone van Balla’s company, RD9 Solutions, builds robots as educational tools. Together with his business partner, Ridhaa Benefeld, they designed a which teaches about robotics and programming.

Speaking to, Tyrone said that they have always been inspired by technology and wanted to make it accessible to others.

Their company aims to solve everyday problems with creative, cost-effective technological solutions.

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Young engineer transforms education in South Africa using robotics

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The 26-year-old from Grassy Park, Cape Town, developed an interest in computers at a young age.

“While I didn’t own one, I had frequent access to a computer from about five years old. This opportunity sparked my love and interest for technology and influenced my career choice.”

His career has been supported by the Alan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship programme, which he joined in 2011.

The Foundation provides Fellowship recipients, known as Allan Gray Candidate Fellows, funding for university studies as well as access to support and development for their entrepreneurial pursuits.

“I knew my parents couldn’t afford my university fees, and I had set my mind on studying engineering"

He says the Fellowship is more than just a funding scholarship but rather an opportunity for personal and entrepreneurial growth.

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RD9 Solutions has held a few pilots with various schools and institutions, and are currently working on building a platform that encourages self-learning and self-exploration of the concepts.

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