Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 10 September 2018 08:33

Stem Guyana launches nine-month Coding ‘boot-camp’

– targets high school graduates, members

Students of the STEM Guyana programme, who have recently graduated from high school, will be the first participants in a nine-month coding boot camp.

The programme aims to equip students with the skills to perform as junior software engineers. It also seeks to provide them with the tools to compete in job arenas in and out of Guyana.
The courses, designed by both Google and Stanford graduates, Janani Ravi and Vitthal Srinivasan, include SQL and Databases, C Programming – Deep Drill, Python Programming, C++ Programming, Java Object-Oriented Programming and Design and Data Structures and Algorithms.
Designed with the modern student in mind, the courses are online and self-paced.
Ravi and Srinavason built the programme’s courses to fit varying schedules. However, to ensure the successful completion of the programme, the courses are taken in small groups of three to four at the STEM Guyana facility. Upon completion, the young graduates will be able to develop apps and create websites; they will be able to function in local and global companies or even work as freelancers where they will earn substantial wages.
The launching of STEM Guyana’s first boot camp is geared towards providing members with access to software development courses that will in turn perpetuate marketability amongst local software engineers in the global arena.
Co- founder of STEM Guyana- Karen Abrams related the importance of the concept within Guyana. She emphasized on its popularity worldwide saying, “Coding boot-camps are extremely popular across the world and serve to expedite the process of training mostly out of school persons to become junior software engineers. The STEM Guyana programme will prepare young people to find IT employment in nine months”.
Members of STEM Guyana, GTI graduates- Michael Sampson, Jahi Ghansam and Saint Joseph graduate Shawn Jemmott are outstanding students and will be in the very first class of the programme. Presently, they are all working collectively to complete the first sixty-hour Java Object-Oriented Programming and Design course. STEM Guyana aims to equip these young persons with skills that are transferrable and applicable to every part of the world, to set the clockwork for collective attitudes that will eventuate success.
Abrams shared that, “the goal is to arm these young adults with immediate skills, which will improve their marketability both in Guyana and in the rest of the world and we encourage them to work together in small groups in a classroom setting, to motivate them and improve their chances of successfully completing the programme.”
STEM Guyana is a curriculum geared on the idea of educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in an interdisciplinary approach.
STEM Guyana recently signed an agreement with a well-known U.S company to offer a collection of IT courses to its members across Guyana. The cohesive integration of STEM is expected to create a shift in the paradigm of this country’s perspective on education.


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