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Tech Genius SURINAME PROGRAM

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Image of project launch - February 2019 

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Peer mentor Ivana discussing robot components

Tech Genius Program

Young Help Suriname launched the Tech Genius program in 2019 with 11 trainee students and 6 peer Mentors. All students and peer mentors between ages 16 - 24. The trainees were selected based on their displayed dedication to learn and eagerness to be part of the initiative and develop Robotics skills, while the peer mentors team comprises of the students who have represented Suriname at the international Robotics Games in 2017 and 2018. Through their experience these peer mentors are able to bring a unique personal perspective and rich component into the mentorship of the project. The Peer mentors were guided by the Lead mentor of Robotics Team Suriname 2017 and 2018.

The goal of the Tech Genius program is to empower and inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in young people of Suriname through STEM application mainly Robotics skills). The  robot kits are those used in the global level Robotics Challenge 'Robotics Olympics' organized by FIRST Global, a not-for-profit US organisation based in Virginia, USA.

Peer Mentors are trained on the job and develop important knowledge develop their communication skills. transfer skills, presentation experience.

The training is based on the curriculum successfully implemented in 2017 and 2018) to prepare Robotics Team Suriname for the FIRST Global Challenge and incorporates all lessons learned. 

 

Foundation Young Help Suriname (YHS), is the initiator and implementor of the Tech Genius 2019 Program. The 1st cohort received support from the U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, the local State Oil company (Staatsolie) and the local Telecomunications company (Telesur).

Browse the website for more info on the FGC: 2017 and 2018 and 2019  and other.

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Background

Since 2017 Suriname has been participating in the FIRST Global Challenge.

In 2017  in Washington DC , in 2018 in Mexico City, in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, in 2022 in Switzerland and in 2023 in Singapore. During Covid the participation continued and was virtually.

In 2017 Suriname was ranked nr. 49 on the list of 163 teams from 157 countries. Landing in the top 50 was a result of hard work and dedication of a team of three young students (Ayan Jhagroe, Shayant Sital and Ivana Codrington) with no prior robotics experience.

In 2018 the Suriname Robotics team, comprisng of 3 new students (Lesly Uiterloo, Joel Naarendorp and Seth Tjokrodimedjo) ranked in the list of 53 robotics with most accumulated points (above 6000 pnts), meaning 'effective designs'. Noteworthily is that team 2017 peer mentored team 2018 under the lead mentor's guidance.

STEM Education - Robotics in Powakka - Suriname
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The students received their certificates signed by mrs. Karen Willams, US Ambassador
to Suriname in Paramaribo and the founder of Foundation YHS, Ashna Mahepal.

Tech Genius 2023 

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Tech Genius Program Supporters 

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Tech Genius Peer mentors and Logistics Coordinator

Team manager with Tech Genius Teammembers

2019 Lead mentor with  Peer mentor Lesley

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Logistics 2019 - Shivani Jhagroe

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Logistics 2023 - Braston Uiterloo

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Project Manager/Mentor - Ashna Mahepal

2019 Lead Mentor - Daniel Lachman 

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