Sci-Bono Discovery Centre aims to excite and inspire young people to consider a science-related career path with interactive
displays that educate and inform young minds about the world they live in.
We recommend you visit Sci-Bono with your children in order that they can learn more about the wonderful world of science.
Coach Michael Ettershank has spent more than 15 years teaching STEM robotics at every level in private, government and township schools in
South Africa, and his programmes are now being made available at Sci-Bono Discovery
Centre located near the Market Theatre precinct in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2012 Coach Michael ran a pilot robotics programme for the Gauteng Department of Education at Sci-Bono where underprivileged teenagers built
his robot made of electronic parts.
In 2013 high school learners Dylan and Marco, trained by Michael in the private school programme, placed second at the World
Robotics Olympiad (WRO) Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2014 University of Johannesburg invited Michael to bring the RobotScience project to UJ TechnoLab on Saturday mornings with a small grant
from the Shuttleworth Foundation.
In 2015 he joined University of Johannesburg TechnoLab on a full time basis, and he designed and launched the AfrikaBOT competition which was held in 2015-2016-2017.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Michael Ettershank was an organiser and trainer for the First Avenue Institute Girls Winter Camps,
a June/July holiday experience for underprivileged girls to encourage them to consider a career in maths and science related fields.
In 2017 a leading Johannesburg private school St Davids Marist Brothers, Inanda, implemented robotics as an in-curriculum technology subject
using the robot developed by Coach Michael, becoming the first school in South Africa to offer robotics in the classroom as opposed to the
usual route of robotics as an extra-curricular activity.
In 2021 another leading private school, Bishops in Cape Town, selected Coach Michael's robot and training as the foundation of their STEM robotics
programme because it is a world class solution that both excites and challenges boys at the school.
In 2018 the "Fees Must Fall" campaign forced University of Johannesburg to cancel the RobotScience project and the scratch built robotics competition
and Coach Michael joined Paramount Group where he ran their Youth Development Robotics Programme. He was also involved in training recently graduated
engineers hired by the company on designing and prototyping UAV parts using a state-of-the-art CNC machine.
Over the past 15+ years Coach Michael has written two world class practical textbooks on robotics, a practical textbook on building basic
electronic circuits, and is currently busy with a textbook on aeronautics and flying radio control fixed wing model aircraft.
Many of the youth who have participated in Coach Michael's training in the past
have now graduated from their studies, and are working working in leading local and international engineering companies both locally and
In 2023 Coach Michael joined Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, where he is busy rolling out training programmes in electronics, robotics and coding, and will launch
a new robotics competition for scratch builders in the near future.
If you would like free advice/consultation on how your teenager can get involved in the wonderful
world of robotics in South Africa, or book an online ZOOM session with Coach Michael, please WhatsApp "how can my child get involved in robotics" to 082 962 2772