STEMGuyana continues region 6 STEM club expansion, sponsored by partners Exxon Mobil and Department of Youth

STEMGuyana continues region 6 STEM club expansion, sponsored by partners Exxon Mobil and Department of Youth

Skeldon, Guyana – March 25, 2019 — Representatives from the Upper Corentyne Technical institute, University of Guyana, Taghore Memorial Secondary School and local NGO FACT 2 accounted for the twenty club coaches currently being trained by STEMGuyana to create and lead STEM clubs in region 6.

Participants in the March 25th and 26th two day training program were trained to teach building and programming robots, Scratch coding, club management & culture and registration and participation in the upcoming IYRO robotics league.  Participants represented the Kingston, Corriverton, and Skeldon communities in region 6, and residents of these communities can now look forward to enrolling community youth in, soon to be announced local programs.

The ‘Train The Trainer’ program was organized and managed by STEMGuyana Trainers Aisha Peters, Shahad Hussain and Ashley Adams and co-sponsored by the Department of Youth.

Asked to address concerns that STEM club participation was only for academically gifted young people, Aisha Peters noted that, “our job is to dispel that notion.  Our program begins at the foundation level and does not require any particular academic strength.  In fact, the program exposes and reinforces Math and Science concepts which in fact helps participants to strengthen their knowledge in the academic areas.  So everyone is welcome.”

STEMGuyana co-founder, Karen Abrams noted that, “In the past month, we have been expanding our training program into regions outside of region 4.  Our team will be heading out to open the Lethem Library STEM club next week, thanks to Exxon Mobil and Minister Dawn Hastings, through the Ministry of the Presidency and we’re currently coordinating with Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe and members from the region one diaspora, to build STEM clubs in the region shortly after that.”

The more than ten new region 6 clubs will join the existing STEM clubs at Crabwood creek, New Amsterdam Library and the recently opened STEM club at the Litchfield ICT hub and Three males students building a robotlibrary.

The national expansion of the robotics program is made possible because of partnerships with private sector sponsors like EXXON Mobil, Noble House Seafoods, Troy Resources & Power Producers & Distributors and Public sector partnerships with the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Department of Youth and the network of  ICT hub sites rolled out across the country by the Ministry of Public Telecommunications.  Minister Cathy Hughes will also donate several robot kits to five selected teams to allow them to participate in the National Robotics Competition.

STEMGuyana continues to recruit sponsors willing to fund the purchase of robot kits and training for youth in less than wealthy communities.  “We want all youth in Guyana exposed to these technology programs.  Talent is equally distributed across communities, it is opportunity that is not.  Our goal is to bring opportunity to all communities”, stated co-founder Abrams.