Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 25th 2017 Contents be taught as well.
St Anthony's College principal Maurice Inniss---who
has two decades of experience in education---said it
is a module in the information technology subject,
already in the school's curriculum from Form One
"The technology education programme is sanc-
tioned by the Ministry of Education and allows for
robotics (to be taught at the secondary education
level). It fits in because there are components called
robotics where you do the basics. This (project) is at
a higher level where you can generate the interest and
you can add to it," he said.
"The lab infrastructure to facilitate the three spe-
cialties are not yet in place but is hopeful that it would
Currently, the school has two information tech-
nology teachers but as the projects flourishes Inniss
predicts that there would be a need for more.
The three technical specialities are going to be of-
fered through workshops.
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Robotics, apps, 3D manufacturing
Mark and Duane Ray-
mond believe they
can contribute to
tion effort through
development and manufacture, phone
app development and 3D manufacturing.
Their focus: Form Four and Five students
of St Anthony's College in the day time and
adults in the evening.
Mark, CEO of Progwhiz Solutions and a
graduate of the St Anthony's College, wants
to give back to his alma mater as well as to
Duane, vice-president, business devel-
opment at Progwhiz Solutions, is an ad-
ministrative staff member at the school.
The two brothers are undertaking a
project to upgrade the school's lab. The
laboratory is a tertiary and post-graduate
type-facility which would be opened to pu-
pils as young as 12 years old to as mature as
retirees and senior citizens.
"Although it would take a budget of
$250,000 to offer these three technical
specialties, the return on the investment
is much greater to the school and to T&T's
economy," they said in an interview with
Business Guardian last week.
Sitting in on the interview was the
school's principal Maurice Inniss.
The three specialities not entirely new to
T&T, as the University of T&T (UTT) offers
degree programmes of that nature.
In robotics, the UTT can boast of "Thum-
ru," the tabla playing robot as well as other
projects done by graduates of that insti-
Presenting a case why his project can as-
sist T&T in diversifying its economy, Mark
said if the technical skills are taught in T&T,
an app can be built here, rather than sourc-
ing an international expert.
Employment can be generated in T&T
while at the same time keeping US dollars
in the country.
"From the robotics (aspect of the pro-
ject), they will be new products that can
be exported. Smart homes is the new buzz
word and it's going to be in great demand,"
He added that with the emergence of
smart homes, "many would be using
products which were bought internation-
ally, that's revenue lost, but if we create
the platform here, we would keep revenue
Referring to the space allotted for the
upgraded labs, Mark said there have been
talks with sponsors.
He added that there has been capital in-
vestment but did not want to disclose the
quantity. The Raymonds are providing the
resources to build the lab as well as the nec-
essary equipment and personnel to operate
"The lab itself will brings opportunities
within the student body at the college. To
cover overheads there is a fee (yet to be de-
termined) as well as fees to cover each class
for the evening students.
"We will waive the fees of two students
who cannot afford this training."
According to project's plan, the workshop
would include: robotics development and
manufacture both from a software and
hardware perspective, phone app devel-
opment from a business, educational and
entertainment perspective and finally 3D
The goal of the project is, "to trigger
creation of new and innovative products
and services by enabling students to learn
code-the language of the future. To em-
power local professionals to create new
competitive export marketable products
and services to boost export revenues and
increase foreign exchange reserves. To
reduce T&T's dependency on oil and gas
exports as a depleting resource."
Mark explained that the 3D manufactur-
ing is "in plastics where students can design
using CADD (computer aided design and
drafting) programs. Robotics has many ap-
plications but, from a business perspective,
it's about how to automate procedures and
processes. For example, at utilities such as
WASA there could be unmanned monitoring
of wells. This can minimise human error."
He noted that the technology would be
grown in T&T and would not be imported
in order to minimise the start-up costs.
Concerning phone app development
Mark said apps can be created for android
phones and for the iPhone as well as for
He added that most schools teach how to
develop code but do not teach how to com-
mercialise it. In other words, factors such
as intellectual property and patent would
Mark Raymond, from left, CEO of Progwhiz Solutions, with the company's vice president
Duane Raymond and Maurice Inniss, principal of St Anthony's College, Westmoorings.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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