Two robots expected for STEM beneficiaries –First Lady
GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Youths who participated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana Robotic camps along the East Coast of Demerara earlier in the year, will soon have robotic educational kits to further explore STEM education.
This was disclosed by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA). Two robotic kits will be supplied to Lusignan/Good Hope and Buxton/Friendship STEM Robotic camps to further develop the programme in these areas.
The First Lady said that she was able to access adequate funding through donations to buy two robot kits, and is awaiting their arrival. Mrs. Granger further said that these kits will give a spark in the children’s education.
“It is beautiful to see how these young children, 10-14 years, have never seen a robot, much less a robot kit before in their lives, they become so excited and enthused and start to think how they can vary the design of some of the robots.”
Mrs. Granger said that the STEM programme in Guyana will develop the knowledge of individuals’ familiarity with technology, and potentially spark creativity in the technological field which will help contribute towards eradicating illiteracy.
The First Lady also recognised that businesswomen who are empowered through her Self-Reliance and Success in Business workshop can access services through the STEM programme which will make them more efficient business individuals.
It was noted that that the STEM programme will help young businesswomen who might want to use their phones and find out information related to marketing, and packaging, and placement of products among others.
“I started thinking about a long-term STEM project, and hopefully, I get my foundation set-up. I will have with me the skills on board to take it forward, and we can plan so it wouldn’t be me in my little room deciding these things by myself, but I will think and get good advice on how we can move forward with it,” the First Lady explained.
Mrs. Granger’s aim is to ensure stakeholders, including businesswomen and youths can access business and educational services through the STEM programme which will make them empowered and economically independent individuals.