Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 30th 2015 Contents IGT (formerly GTech) teamed up
with the Immortelle Children s Cen-
tre in St Ann s, Port-of-Spain, to
provide the centre with iPads and
other IT equipment to ensure high
quality education and the best learn-
ing environment for the centre s
students, a release said.
The state-of-the-art equipment
was presented by Ann-Dawn Young
Sang, IGT s regional vice president
for the Caribbean. The After School
Advantage Programme is celebrating
its tenth anniversary in T&T this year.
"I am extremely proud of the
growth in the number of After School
Advantage centres in T&T over the
past ten years," said Young Sang. "We
opened ten centres in 2005, and, since
then we have opened many more
centres at non-profit and non-gov-
ernment organisations, and re-
equipped computer centres at some
of our original partner organisations.
It underscores IGT s long-term com-
mitment to communities we serve
through our After School Advantage
"The children s smiles and their
eagerness to learn have been the driv-
ing force behind the After School
Advantage Programme and it pushes
us to open more centres to equip
these young learners with the requisite
skills needed to unleash their potential
for the future," she added.
Founded in 1986 as a playgroup
for children with disabilities, the
Immortelle Children s Centre is today
one of the most renowned schools
catering for young people with various
disabilities in T&T.
Since inception, the centre has
worked to provide individuals with
developmental disabilities an oppor-
tunity to gain an education and voca-
tional skills training, while also fos-
tering the development of a more
robust network within the disability
"Creating an inclusive society is
one of our greatest wishes," says
Jacqui Leotaud, head of the
Immortelle Children s Centre. "We
tirelessly work to increase awareness
and understanding of the needs and
the value of individuals with devel-
opmental disabilities in T&T, and
that is why we constantly look for
support, both nationally and inter-
Over the years, the centre has col-
laborated with several universities
and organisations, proving to be a
dynamic, forward-thinking, charitable
organisation, providing an essential
and desperately needed service to
individuals and families in Trinidad.
The fruit of one such successful
collaboration was a research project,
which explored the use of iPads
among the children and young adults
at the centre. The study showed that
the majority of the students enjoyed
this new learning method and their
participation in the classroom
"iPads have emerged as a very
effective educational tool for indi-
viduals with developmental delays,
thanks to the many apps that have
been developed to aid communica-
tion, behavioural issues and develop
fine motor skills," Leotaud comment-
"We are deeply grateful for IGT s
generous donation and are very excit-
ed to implement this innovative
teaching method in our school. We ve
always wanted our students to be
exposed to the latest technology avail-
able, in the hope of being part of a
national movement that improves
the lives of all persons with disabilities.
IGT s contribution has certainly
helped fulfill that dream."
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"Weathering Uncertainty: Understanding climate and
change in the Caribbean"
Prognostics: The Science of Prediction
RSVP: Khadija Collins (868) 642-6112, (868) 471-7865
Parking will be available at Heart Ease car park.
NIHERST's annual, week-long Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF) introduces sixth form science students to new frontiers of knowledge, as they interact with research
scientists, educators and other professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--fields, locally or internationally.
The Caribbean is one of the most at-risk regions of the world for
severe weather events, climate variability and climate change.
Preparedness for, and adaptation to, such events necessitates
the implementation of both disaster risk reduction and long-term
resilience strategies. Dr. Pulwarty will discuss research he and
colleagues from the region are conducting to assess the
changes, develop early warnings of emergent risks, and
implement adaptive practices in the face of a changing climate.
A Trinidad and Tobago national, Dr. Pulwarty is one of the world's leading climate
scientists. He has developed several internationally recognised research programmes
and is a lead author on a number of key national and international climate
assessments reports. He is a co-recipient of the 2008 and 2014 NOAA Administrator's
award and the 2010 Department of Commerce Gold Medal for outstanding
achievements in integrating scientific research into public decision-making. In 2013, he
received a NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology (Gold).
Date: Tuesday 4 August, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM -- 6:30 PM
Senior Advisor for Climate, and Director of the U.S. National Integrated Drought
Information System, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Venue: Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St. Augustine.
Venue: Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St. Augustine.
Dr. Roger Pulwarty
Prognostics is an engineering term for predicting the
lifespan of an electrical component. In a
technologically dependent world, electronic failure is
unwanted and the ability to predict it is a scientific
breakthrough. Jason Renwick will speak on his
research at NASA on the prognostics of capacitors --
devices that store and dissipate electronic charge --
and how it can be applied, from a basic radio to the
complex functioning of the New Horizons space probe.
Jason Renwick, an electrical and computer engineering student at UWI, St.
Augustine, was one of two local students selected, through a
NASA/NIHERST partnership, to participate in 2014 in the first NASA
International Internship Program (NASA I2) at the Ames Research Center in
the USA. He was invited back to NASA in 2015 for a second internship. He
is the recipient of the inaugural Rudranath Capildeo Young Scientist Award
from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Jason Renwick
NASA I2 Intern
Date: Monday, 3rd August, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM -7:00 PM
New iPads for children at Immortelle school
The enthusiastic IGT team guides these little ones on how to use their new
tablets. From left, IGT's ICT data specialist Crystal Rodney; IGT's regional
vice president for the Caribbean, Ann-Dawn Young Sang; head of
Immortelle Children's Centre, Jacqui Leotaud and IGT's communication
technician Clarance Baptiste.
Jacqui Leotaud, head
of the Immortelle
Children's Centre, right,
welcomes the IT
equipment donated to
the Centre by IGT.
Presenting her with a
symbolic plaque at the
official handover is
IGT's regional vice
president for the
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