The First Tech Challenge Jamaica (FTC Jamaica) Robotics Programme, an initiative aimed at introducing robotics to the youth, has expanded to include 10 primary schools.
Since its inception in 2019, with the support of the NCB Foundation and the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), the programme has been instrumental in exposing students to the world of robotics, coding, and engineering through hands-on experience, preparing them for the technology-driven world of the future.
The programme currently operates in 35 high schools and 10 primary schools.
Gavin Samuels, Affiliate Partner Representative of FTC Jamaica, expressed enthusiasm about the expansion, stating, “By extending our reach to primary schools in both urban and rural areas, we are ensuring that no student is left behind.”
Its impact on students has shown an increased interest in STEM subjects and improved critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; with some students going on to participate in robotics and engineering events worldwide.
“We have already witnessed remarkable potential among these young learners, and we are excited about what the future holds,” he continued.