blink | bmobile helps Techno Kids 2014 as it kicks off in Tobago

The team of happy Tobago TechnoKids 2014 Campers and their caregivers

Twelve children in Tobago have gotten the amazing opportunity to be exposed to the world of technology with hands-on training in programming. blink | bmobile in collaboration with the National Energy Skills Sector (NESC), MIC, YTEPP, COSTAATT and UTT, have all made this programme possible, with the introduction of TechnoKids Camp, much to the delight of the excited children.

This is the first time that this programme is being hosted in Tobago, and the second time it is being done on a national level. In sharing how proud the blink | bmobile Foundation was to be a sponsor of the TechnoKids Programme, Ronald Walcott Executive Vice President of bmobile Service and Operations stated, “It is great to see these young children excelling at the programming exercises. This is the 2 nd year blink | bmobile is involved as a corporate sponsor and we welcome the opportunity to support the development of our youth and the future of our mobile apps industry. We hope the exciting format of the camp causes a passion for technology to take root in them because our industry needs more local talent and innovators.”

Tablets (computers) are being used by the TechnoKids as part of their training. These versatile mobile devices were donated by blink | bmobile, to promote familiarity with mobile apps and help the children develop presentation skills. Similar programmes are also ongoing in 14 other locations in Trinidad and Tobago. According to organizers of the programme in Tobago, the objective is to expose the young minds to the world of computers such as Basic Animation using 2D techniques.

Acting Training Centre Official at the Tobago Technology Centre, Zelma Cowie said, the course is taking place at present, through August 7 th , with children ages 6-8, a combination of males and females. “On Tuesday 29th July Movie Towne observed the animation concepts learnt during the sessions,” Cowie said. The teaching of the programme is taking place entirely on the YTEPP mobile computer bus.

Below: Caregivers spend some time demonstrating proper use of the Tablet device to the children of Tobago TechnoKids 2014