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A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Robotics Centre has been opened at Excelsior Community College’s Eureka Road Campus in Kingston.

Addressing Thursday’s (June 13) opening ceremony, Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, underscored that the centre’s establishment is a prime example of collective stakeholder commitment to fostering innovation and preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

“In today’s rapidly evolving world, proficiency in STEM is not just a modernisation thrust or advantage but a necessity. The skills and knowledge acquired through STEM education are critical for driving technological advancement, economic growth and societal progress,” Mrs. Williams said.

She commended Excelsior’s Principal and Board of Management for their continuous zeal and visionary leadership.

“Your dedication has been instrumental in making this remarkable achievement a reality. Thank you for your tireless efforts in advancing the educational landscape and creating opportunities for students to excel in the fields of STEM and robotics,” Mrs. Williams stated.

College Principal, Philmore McCarthy, said the centre’s opening is a significant milestone for the institution in its 50th year.

“This lab is not just a room filled with equipment; it’s a hub for creativity; it’s a centre for research; it’s a platform for technological competence and it will provide a gateway of opportunity for our students and our community to strive,” he said.

Mr. McCarthy advised that one of the key objectives of the centre is to provide a nurturing environment for at-risk students, as 75 per cent of the institution’s population are first-generation college students.

“We have to ensure that we provide the opportunities and remedial activities that will help to cultivate the talents in these persons to ensure that they continue to grow and develop. We believe that by offering access to cutting edge technology and resources, we can empower our students to excel and strive in their academic and professional pursuits,” he said.

The college has acquired six robotics modules which will significantly enhance students’ learning experience and foster innovation in STEM education.

The STEM Robotics Centre has been equipped with 30 state-of-the-art laptops which were donated by e-Learning Jamaica Limited.

Another 30 laptops donated by the entity will be utilised at the college’s main campus on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston.

Chief Executive Officer of e-Learning Jamaica, Andrew Lee, shared that the company will provide an interactive panel to complete the centre.

He said the centre will serve as a hub for innovation and creativity, thereby enabling students to develop a passion for STEM.

“We are committed to ensuring that our students all across Jamaica are prepared to excel in an increasingly digital world,” Mr. Lee said.