An astonishing new self study course was developed by Prof Peet van Schalkwyk in Mathematics and Physical Science and Technology. Concepts in are explained by a large number of unique 3D computer animations. Prof Peet van Schalkwyk was awarded the TWAS award in 2011 on Public Understanding and Popularization of Science in Nairobi, Kenya. This award is administered by UNESCO.
The major aim of these animations is to explain concepts in such a way that students will find them easy to understand. Virtual objects and practical experiences are linked to scientific abstractions or theories.
Understanding rather than Memorising
There are three CDs available, one with Mathematics Animations, one with Physical Science and Technology animations and an extra CD with information on the use of the programs.
The animations are interactive and many are presented in the form of games. It is designed for learners and students from grade R up to University level. It is also an ideal tool to quickly catch up on concepts that were not understood sometime in the past.
These animations do not replace handbooks, videos, demonstrations, experiments, black boards, posters or teachers but are complementary to them.
The Physical Science and Technology CD is more suitable for secondary schools, but the Mathematics CD is suitable for all grades. Watermelon is meant to be a self study course. It is a course that can be repeated at different levels in life. It is NOT an examination quick fix, but rather a tool that forms and prepares the mind of a learner to become receptive for mathematical information.
The advantage of these animations is that the learner
1) will learn by doing,
2) get immediate feedback,
3) can progress at his/her own pace,
4) are inspired,
5) will understand concepts easily and
6) can practise until he/she understand.