Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 06 April 2019 08:59

Lethem gets in on ‘Reading and Robotics’ programme

Children in Lethem, Region Nine, will now benefit from an education in literacy and economics, as the countrywide Reading and Robotics programme has been launched at the Lethem Library.

Through this programme, club members will complete one of 10 lesson plans which are integrated with the Ministry of Education (MoE)’s Science curriculum.

According to a release from STEMGuyana, the body facilitating this programme, these lesson plans encourage students to learn concepts like simple machines –levers and pulleys, and to use robotics and scratch coding to design and create their own versions of these machines.

Youths between the ages of eight to 14 years will be able to sign up for club membership at the local library and will benefit from the programme each Saturday. The club members will be preparing to participate in Guyana’s first national robotics competition, which kicks off in May 2019, according to STEMGuyana.

STEMGuyana Trainers, Aisha Peters and Michael Sampson, arrived a day before the recent launch to train library staff and school teachers in club management, culture, building and programming robots and learning to code using the Scratch application.

“The idea is to help the club members to use an integrated approach to learning by using technology to reinforce their knowledge of Science concepts, which they learn in school, while strengthening technical skills and soft skills like collaboration, communication and problem solving,” said Sampson.

Minister of Public Affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams, related that she was excited that the programme was brought to Region Nine.

“It is important that children in interior communities are able to access the same programmes and training that will help them to prepare for the new technology future that awaits them,” she said, adding: “I look forward to working with STEMGuyana to expand this programme throughout all of our interior communities.”

ExxonMobil, which has sponsored eight libraries across Guyana, donated laptop and tablet computers as, well as the robot to the Lethem Library, while a projector was donated by members of the Guyana Diaspora.

According to Senior Director, Public and Government Affairs, Deedra Moe, the company is pleased to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, which it hopes will result in the social and economic advancement of young people in Guyana.

Mayor of Lethem, Carlton Beckles and Deputy Regional Executive Officer, John Macedo, were also present at the launch.

The ‘Reading & Robotics’ programme will meet every Saturday from 09:00hrs at the Lethem Library. Since spaces are limited, STEMGuyana urged parents to sign their children up as soon as they can. The first club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019.


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