Georgetown, Guyana: — STEMGuyana in association with the Ministry Of Public Telecommunications launched a series of certification sessions for technology buffs or school leaders who are interested in starting technology clubs in their communities. The one-day training sessions are planned for Feb 1st, 2nd and 3rd and the organizations will host the training of up to 20 coaches per session.
The STEMGuyana program committee, which includes Local Director, Mr Colin Sawh, designed the sessions; co-founder Leon Caleb Christian, Karen Abrams who is tech startup Inclusion consultant and Ima Christian who is studying Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University. STEMGuyana local Master Trainers will also support the training sessions.
Coaches will learn details about the league, how to organize and lead a technology club, how to fundraise for their clubs and how to prepare young people to compete in a global marketplace, how to use the league competition software, the basics of building and programming robots and the fundamentals of MIT Scratch programming.
Certified coaches will be expected to create clubs and prepare teams for competition in the Scratch and Robotics nationwide leagues scheduled for launch during the last week of February. More than 50 coaches are expected to participate with Bartica alone sending 16 teachers for training.
The seminars began on Feb 1st with 13 coaches who signed up online, certified from across Guyana. On Feb 2nd, Stemguyana will host 18 teachers from Guyana public schools, while the Bartica teachers along with some private school teachers will be trained on Saturday.
The program kicks off each day at 8:30am at the Ministry Of Public Telecommunications Conference Room. The cost of the seminar will be $2000 per coach.
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