My Journey To STEMGuyana…

My Journey To STEMGuyana…

by Bradley Downer

Bradley Downer (middle) discussing a coding problem with club members Ghwan Lynch and Veveke Bruce

When I was child, I always had this question in my mind ; “how does this thing work?”  As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in Science and Technology.   I’ve always wanted to create my own websites, apps, robots etc, but the challenge was,  I had no idea how it all worked! Where would I start? Would I understand the technology? How would I be able to get the equipment? Would my project be successful?  I constantly dreamed of becoming a Computer Scientist.

As, the famous Bill Gates once said, “We are changing the world with technology.” Technology is used in all sectors of society (medical, infrastructure, entertainment, education, agriculture, etc) and technology can be used for good or evil, depending on the motivation of the user.

During my high school years, some experiences interrupted my path to Science and Technology but my passion  remained the same. Upon leaving high school, I heard about the”STEMGuyana programme– Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”  I immediately wanted to join it and learn about robotics and coding, however at that time the programme was targeted to school-aged children.   Nevertheless, I applied and applied until I got through in 2018.

Over the years of its existence, STEMGuyana has made a great impact on my life and the life of guyanese youths from many regions of Guyana and based on the plans in the work, the programme will continue to make an impact on the lives of Guyanese youth in the future. The idea is to introduce robotics and ICT to all youths of Guyana and I am proud to be a part of this movement.

Since Guyana is a developing country and we are living in the technological era, it is even more important for Guyanese youth like me to learn about robotics and technology, especially since most future jobs will require us to know about Science, Engineering, Maths, innovation, and ICT.

I am proud to be a part of STEMGuyana and I encourage young people to start or join a STEM club in their own community.  Feel free to contact STEMGuyana on facebook if you need help figuring out how to do this.