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Scores of Jamaican children introduced to robotics

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2013 | 12:00 AM
These two girls are enjoying their introduction to robotics.
Children engrossed in robotics programmes. - Contributed Photos
Scores of Jamaican children introduced to robotics during recent workshops between August 13 and 30 islandwide.

Eighty-seven children ages eight to 18 were introduced to the science of robotics, courtesy of Access Financial Services and the Digital Yard Foundation. The workshops took place between August 13 and 30 islandwide.

Marcus James, CEO, Access Financial Services, expressed his pleasure: "Access Financial believes in the advancement of education for young Jamaicans and is pleased to have partnered with the Digital Yard Foundation to expose our young people to computer science and robotics. The exposure to technology can open their minds and increase their creativity."

The three-hour workshops were provided free of cost to the children of clients and staff of Access Financial Services. The children were shown how to programme Lego-made robots and simple programming. The children were introduced to a simple programming language lesson and were given advice on how to obtain more information on robotics and science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Digital Yard Foundation is focused on helping Jamaica reach developed-nation status by 2030 through the deployment of innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes.

Access Financial Services is the leading provider of personal and business loans in Jamaica and serves its customers through a network of 15 branches islandwide.