50 Bath Settlement students complete First Lady’s Robotics Camp
Georgetown, Guyana – (August 16, 2018)
First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, closed a two-day Robotics Camp, where 50 students of the Bath Primary school were afforded the opportunity to participate. The primary school received a gift of a Robotics kit from the Office of the First Lady and were encouraged to create a Robotics Club.
Mrs. Granger, in her remarks, expressed her pleasure in seeing the youths take such an avid interest in the field of robotics as it held relevance in every aspect of their lives. “You kids are living in an interesting time, an exciting time and I’m very happy that you have taken to it so well… In this age of new technology and education, I am very happy to see that you have come so far,” she said.
The First Lady, cognisant of the massive farming activities the community is involved in, also highlighted ways in which the development of robotics would be beneficial to farmers. “These days, people are using drones to go out and check the fields to tell you if you need to weed, if you need to water, if your crops are ready for harvesting. So you can be sitting in your homes and checking to see how your crops are coming along,” the First Lady explained.
Education Officer, with responsibility for Secondary schools, Mr. Sheldon Grenville commended the Office of the First Lady for the implementation of such an initiative and expressed his appreciation for the inclusion of the Bath Settlement community. His colleague, Mr. Narine Chattergoon, who played a major role in coordinating the camp, echoed similar sentiments.
Meanwhile, students and parents alike conveyed a general sense of excitement and satisfaction. One parent, Mr. Chitram Phagoo, in an invited comment, explained that he believed the camp was a step in the right direction for the Bath youths. “This is a positive for the community and Guyana as a whole. This will help the children in the future because robotics is the future. The team building done here during the two days shows cohesion with the youths. This is huge and the kids were very enthusiastic to have participated,” he said.
Young Master Kurtis Nankishore, a participant, excitedly shared experience during the course of the two days camp. “This camp was a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun doing scratching programming, coding, getting the build the robots. I learned a lot from this experience and I think I might want to take up technical or mechanical engineering,” he said.
The camp, at its core, is geared at exposing children to coding, scratch programming and building of robots.