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Nelson Mandela University South Africa |

Port Elizabeth

Keywords related to the available technology.
ICT Education
Overview: 

TANKS is an inexpensive programming tool that encourages the development of computing and software development knowledge from a young age through the use of a mobile application and paper tokens.

Relevant intellectual property protection in place for this technology.
Trademark
What is the technology owner looking for? E.g. collaboration, investment, sales, etc.
Collaboration Distribution Investment Joint venture Pilot Research Sales
Brief description of the technology’s market need.

Software Development is one of the most sought-after skill sets in South Africa (and most foreign countries). Any growing economy requires an increasing number of software developers to maintain the growing dependence on software and technology. TANKS aims to introduce more learners to computer programming in an attempt to encourage them to consider computing science as a career choice.

Brief description of the technology’s benefits.

The TANKS app only requires paper tokens and a smartphone to introduce learners to programming, making the experience accessible to more people than coding programmes that are dependent on the availability of a computer.

The attributes of the technology that makes it unique.

Various solutions exist on the market with the aim of introducing the youth to programming. All of these solutions require the use of a computer; and in some cases additional hardware. TANKS aims to address the need for introducing programming to children and youth using only a cell phone and paper tokens (which can be printed on normal paper).

The main idea behind the technology is described.

South Africa is one of the countries with the highest mobile penetration on the continent. This means that people are more likely to have access to a mobile phone than a computer. The TANKS app only requires paper tokens and a smartphone to introduce learners to programming, making the experience accessible to more people than coding programmes that are dependent on the availability of a computer.

The team and expertise behind the technology.

TANKS powered by Tangibl™ was developed in 2017 as an honours project by BSc Computer Science student Byron Batteson, at Nelson Mandela University, under the supervision of Prof Jean Greyling.

The technology was developed by an organisation in the following sector(s).
Higher education
The industry(s) relevant to the technology. Which industries can benefit from this technology?
Computer and related services Education
The technology area relevant to the technology.
Higher Education
The Technology Readiness Level of the available technology. For more information on the Technology Readiness Levels, please follow the link: Technology Readiness Levels
TRL 6: Experimental testing in real-world setting
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