Students with disabilities complete ExxonMobil Guyana funded STEM Robotics Training

Twenty six (26) children with disabilities have graduated after completing a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Robotics. This training facilitated by the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with ExxonMobil Guyana and lasted for four months, a release from the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities said. In a simple ceremony held at the auditorium of the David Rose Special Education Needs (SEN) school the participants were  was presented with certificates.

During the training, the children were exposed to the STEM subjects using robotic technology.  They were also taught complex concepts using the technology which helped them to
develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills the release said. The participants also developed a higher level of environmental awareness, since the robotic kits were solar powered and utilized recyclable materials for the construction of the robots.

Each of the 26 students received a tablet computer and a robotic kit at the end of the training. Ganesh Singh, programme coordinator, GCOPD expressed gratitude to ExxonMobil Guyana for funding the programme which he said has been in the pipelines for more than two years.

Currently plans are in place to replicate the programme in the other SEN schools across Guyana using virtual means. The small graduating ceremony saw remarks from Karen
Matusic, ExxonMobil Guyana’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs and Ms. Farnaz Baksh coordinator of the UGRC.

The Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities said that the STEM programme for children with disabilities was piloted in five Special Education Needs (SEN) schools in Region 4.