Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Cathy Hughes has once again stepped forward to support the rapid diffusion of technology education to youth all across Guyana, by donating robot kits to the Sophia Primary School STEM club and making a million dollar donation to STEMGuyana’s national robot challenge and club outreach programs.
Minister Hughes, through the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, with the one million dollar donation, has donated 2 robot kits each to the St Pius and Sophia primary school STEM clubs, and will fund the donation of 2 kits each to an additional three after-school programs yet to be announced. Both after-school programs encourage young students who would not normally be able to access such opportunities, to engage with technologies which will define the future development of Guyana and the region. Students meet after-school, one day each week to work on integrated STEM lesson plans which help them to strengthen their Science skills and their essential or soft skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills. Students will also strengthen their robot building and coding skills in preparation for the nation’s first ever National Robotics Challenge which has been delayed until July 2019, to enable more teams to join the challenge.
To the young club members, Minister Hughes stated that, “I want you to make good use of the opportunities that you have now. Learn everything you can about robots and drones, Maths and Science and by the time you grow up, you will be ready to contribute meaningfully to the world of technology and to the development of Guyana and the region”
STEMGuyana’s club outreach continues this weekend with a two day workshop, sponsored by the Region 3 Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Region 3 Department of Education. The workshop will host teachers and students from 13 secondary and 15 primary schools in region 3. These after-school clubs will later join the national robot league program.