ExxonMobil Guyana continues to support the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Guyana, as well as students’ access to learning, in these challenging times. The company recently supported a STEM Robotics training for children with disabilities which was done in partnership with the Guyana Council of Organisations for persons with disabilities.
A video shared by the company disclosed that twenty-six children were presented with Certificates of Successful Completion of the Programme at a graduation in the auditorium of the David Rose Special Education Needs School.
Further, the video stated that the outstanding participants were presented with printed 3D medals.
An additional 27 persons who participated in the programme will graduate at another ceremony.
It was further related that the STEM programme for children with disabilities was piloted in five special education needs schools in Region Four.
“Through a four-month programme, the children were exposed to STEM using robotic technology and were taught complex concepts using the technology which helped them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” the company said. The programme also helped in the development of a higher level of environmental consciousness in the participants as the robotic kits were solar powered and utilised recyclable materials.
Last year, at least 60 children benefited from the robotics training.
“ExxonMobil Guyana is proud to partner with organisations who advance the development of STEM Education and remains committed to supporting Guyanese students’ access to learning during these challenging times,” the company said.
Over the years, ExxonMobil has been a consistent supporter of STEM Education in Guyana. The company provided funding to the tune of $20 million to Volunteer Youth Corps (VYC) Inc. to aid in the execution of its STEM Education initiatives in the organisation’s 2019-2020 programme. In 2019, the company also partnered with VYC to hold the seventh annual STEM Conference.