THE Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MOPT) has congratulated the local team which participated in the 2019 Global Robotics Tournament in Dubai for coming out strongly at 39th place in a field of 190 competitors.
The team of eight, young participants who are budding Guyanese Technology Engineers ended the tournament in the top 25 percent in the world rankings.
In a release, the Ministry stated that STEM Guyana assessed the team as successful in overcoming strong logistical odds thus showing remarkable resilience.
Team Guyana comprised youths from Hague, West Coast Demerara (WCD), Timehri, the Soesdyke- Linden Highway, Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) and communities in Georgetown. The MOPT has been partnering with STEM Guyana since 2016 when Guyana’s evolution towards a digitized nation gained serious momentum. STEM Guyana has since attracted partners in other governmental agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.
Meanwhile, Minister of Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes has been presenting Robotic Kits with workbooks, stationery and other materials to STEM Guyana, to Robotic Clubs in Primary and Secondary schools, community groups and Libraries. The Ministry said that she has been working to ensure that Guyana’s children have access to every available facility to become tech-savvy.
“STEM Guyana’s partnership with MOPT also allowed the team of Robotics tutors to utilize Community ICT hubs, which the Ministry has equipped with Wi-Fi connections and computers, for training,” the Ministry stated. STEM Guyana stated that Team Guyana and their “community of mentors and supporters contributed to the design of a superior machine, proving to the world that a tiny country … could compete favourably against youths from wealthy nations with access to more resources”.