STEMGuyana Model Generates Interest From Caribbean Representatives At IDB 8th Annual Conference
Georgetown, Guyana – STEMguyana co-founder, Karen Abrams generated much interest in the organization’s model for STEM engagement of Guyana’s youth which she presented to an energetic audience at the IDB 8th Annual Meeting.
Abrams, whose presentation was titled “Robots In The Caribbean”, represented STEMGUYANA’s activities in 4 quadrants; preparing the robotics national team, creation of social good apps, the training of STEM club trainers and expansion of the STEM club network throughout the country and the management of a national robot building and Scratch coding competition throughout the country.
Abrams made the point that, “STEMGuyana is working with partners to make investments today which will payoff in 10, 15, 20 years. We want our young people to be prepared to provide technology services for the world. Estonia a nation of 1.3m people, is home to 14,000 tech startup companies, Guyana has a little more than half their population, so a target of 5000 Guyanese tech startups in 15 years is what we’re aiming for. STEMGuyana is working with partner organizations to make long term investments in Guyanese youth.”
The presentation was also well received by leaders of indigenous groups who expressed interest in making the program accessible to their communities. Additionally, representatives from several Guyanese communities and Caribbean countries expressed interest in replicating the STEMGuyana model in their respective communities and countries.
STEMGuyana recently received the first tranche of $2m GY donation from GTT which will be used to sponsor their upcoming robot exhibition and the expansion of STEMGuyana’s programs across Guyana and the Caribbean.