A look at the fastest growing STEM education program in the Caribbean for young students
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on May 26, 2019
In recent times it’s been predicted that coding will be one of the most critical skills in the future. Technology is growing continuously, and more processes are becoming automated, replacing human power. However, humans are the ones who write the programming codes which control the automated processes. The increasing demand for programming skills is evident as the world is adapting to using more technology such as computer programs, artificial intelligence, and advanced handheld devices like our smartphones. One non-profit in Guyana has recognized the need for programming skills and is taking action to ensure young people in Guyana are not left behind in the global technology race.
Founded in 2016, STEMGuyana has brought the thrill of programming and robotics to students in Guyana with the help of generous donors such as the Department of Youth in Guyana, local churches and
When Karen Abrams co-founded STEMGuyana in 2016 with her two daughters Ima and Asha Christian and her son Caleb Christian, she already had 20+ years of investigating and experiencing technology education. Although she has an educational background in business and marketing, she has been working in several areas of technology for most of her cooperate career. In our conversation via email, she expressed that around the year 2000, she hired developers who had no college degrees and were being paid an annual salary of $70,000 – $90,000 USD. That’s approximately $104,000 – $134,000 USD in today’s dollars. This observation sparked Karen’s curiosity, and she decided to conduct her own investigation to share the knowledge obtained with her children and community.
“After leaving the corporate world, I studied and analyzed technology education and created a framework for my own children who are at Stanford U, Cornell U and New York U,” Karen stated via email.
Subsequently, she founded a robotics and math academy in Decatur, Georgia,
Karen’s “goal is to bring programming, robotics and math enrichment to every community of youth in Guyana so that young people in Guyana will be able to live up to their potential,” according to stemguyana.com. The organisation continues to grow each year and pioneer technology-based activities and experiences for students across Guyana, including those in indigenous communities.
“I don’t think that technology is going to ultimately be the answer for everything, but technology is going to be the answer for quite a lot,” Karen stated in a video interview with TechPrep by Facebook about 4 years ago (see video below).
Congratulations to Karen Abrams and the team at STEMGuyana for bringing about a change and influencing Guyana’s future leaders. Visit stemguyana.com if you’d like to support, get involved with the clubs or learn more about the programs offered.