Poynting Direct and Thembelihle Primary Team Up

13.03.17 Member News

Poynting Direct, one of South Africa’s leading antenna suppliers, has supplied Thembelihle Primary School in KZN with a host of equipment to help its students gain easy access to online information.
According to Frank Vermeulen, General Manager Poynting Direct, “It is so important for today’s students to have access to online resources. We live in a digital world and at Poynting Direct we’ve aimed our social development programme at assisting schools who need help bringing their students online.”
As part of this programme, Poynting Direct donated an X-Pol 6, B 315 LTE router, two-meter mast and medium sized bracket to Thembelihle Primary. The company also helped install all the equipment and ensured everything was up and running.
For Thembelihle Primary, the donation from Poynting Direct came just in time for students who have entered three teams (consisting of four students each) into the Jaguar Primary School Challenge. This competition gives students the opportunity to design and engineer their own Jaguar race car.
With the equipment donated and installed by Poynting Direct, these innovative Thembelihle Primary students can dive right in and start working on their race cars. Each student team consists of a Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Graphic designer & Team Manager. The students will start by downloading the race car’s design template via the Cloud and from there, the ‘design engineer' will modify and implement their own researched ideas of race cars to this 2D template. The ‘graphic designer’ will then add logo’s to the car’s design.

Once the 2D template is complete, the team is responsible for manufacturing their unique design. Using Wi-Fi and an electronic card cutter, each team’s unique specially-designed Jaguar race car will be brought to life.
This is a thrilling opportunity for the students at Thembelihle Primary and Poynting Direct is excited to be playing a part in their journey. “Without online access these students wouldn’t be able to take on projects like the Jaguar Primary School Challenge,” says Frank, “we’re very happy we could help them with the equipment and look forward to seeing their race car designs.”