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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015. 4:31 pm CST.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The second year of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)’s Young Innovators Program kicks off with workshops for teachers of information technology (IT) from 47 schools around the country in August. PUC technology

The teachers will be taught how to use a computer that is the size of a credit card but surrenders no power to larger size machines. The Raspberry Pi was created by persons interested in reviving creativity in the field of computer science.

PUC chairman John Avery; consultant and UB lecturer Dalwin Lewis; and former Commissioners and consultants Roosevelt Blades and Carla Maheia-Hart, believe it can be used to jumpstart the minds of young Belizeans.

After workshops in Belmopan and Belize City the teachers will take back five Raspberry Pi units and accessories valued at about $200 each to their schools. The “Raspberry Pi Jam,” scheduled for December, will feature projects designed by students using the Pi.

In addition to evolving the culture of youths from users of technology to producers and creators, the PUC and Ministry of education hope to instill a love of computers within them. Prizes will be awarded and the best projects may be submitted to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World Exhibit.

Last year’s mobile application designers are getting outside assistance to continue their projects.


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