Georgetown, Guyana – May 10, 2018: Fifteen teams representing schools, community clubs and religious organizations in regions 3, 4, 6, 7 and 10 are participating in Guyana’s first Nationwide Robot and Coding technology competition. This first program of its kind in Guyana, serves as a pilot to gauge the interest of participants and to help organizers work out potential issues associated with automating and organizing a nationwide competition among teams so widely dispersed in Guyana.
Organizer Karen Abrams stated that, “students will learn critical soft skills like collaboration, communication and conflict resolution while strengthening their academic knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills. There is simply no downside to youth participation in this exciting new competition” Abrams noted that, “the pilot league was launched to expose and engage our young people in STEM related activities and then careers. What we have found is that, the more engaged they are, the more they learn, the more they are able to grasp pretty complicated concepts. We are preparing them for future which is unknown but which we bet will be kinder to those young people who are comfortable with the backend of technology”
The STEMGuyana organization also wants to ensure that future robot national teams will be chosen from those young people participating in the national STEM club competition. Co-founder Ima Christian noted, “it is important that the knowledge we acquire is dispersed throughout the country and not just among 10 or 20 lucky students on the coast” The organization, in association with the Office Of The First Lady has already hosted more than ten outreach sessions throughout various regions of Guyana. Organizers have also trained more than sixty STEM club coaches as they prepare for a much larger nationwide competition in 2019.
The teams competing for accolades, certificates and fun prizes are Crabwood Creek club, Bartica Secondary,
Three Miles Secondary,
Lusignan-Good Hope club, Buxton club, Sports Hall club, Holy Cross club, Bishops HS, Belladrum club, North Ruimveldt Church Of The Nazerene, St Roses High School, Tucville Secondary School, Deaf Association-Tuschen, Deaf Association-Georgetown, and Harmony Secondary.
STEMGuyana is working with local public and private sponsors to host a Caribbean Robotics Championship in Guyana in November, 2018. Outstanding performers in the pilot league will earn the opportunity to represent Guyana in an exciting and fun Caribbean Matchup.
STEMGuyana’s annual exhibition is also planned for July of this year, while the robotics national team will head to Mexico City, Mexico to compete in the global robotics olympics. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org