Preteens enjoy Augmented Reality at ICT Vacation Camp

Close to 80 preteens in various communities in Trinidad benefitted from a digital empowerment ICT Vacation Camp at ICT Access Centres during August 7-11, 2023! The camps, hosted by the Ministry of Digital Transformation in partnership with RSC (Restore a Sense of I Can) and NIHERST, took place in Carenage, Guayaguayare, Penal, Lisas Gardens, Cumana, Marac, Todd’s Road, and Belmont.

The preteens, whose ages ranged from 8-12 years enjoyed weeklong technical activities such as building a website, building a circuit board, and becoming certificated in Dance Code. They also learned about functional digital literacy including ICT-related Spanish words/phrases and how to edit videos and pictures. 

Jaid Gabriel, 12, an ICT camper based in Carenage said, “My camp experience was very fun, my favourite camp activity was building my own website because I want to start my own business so I need to showcase products through my website.” 

Another camper based in Marac, Kylon Dyer, 9, said his favourite camp activity was Dance Code where he made his virtual character dance to trending songs using drag-and-drop block-based coding. 

Among the favourite and most unique camp activities was the Augmented Reality Segment where the preteens’ colouring pictures came to life using 3D technology. They expressed excitement when using the Quiver App to interact and engage with their colouring pictures. 

This week and next week, teenagers and seniors (55+) will also benefit from the ICT Vacation Camp at these centres. So far, there has been positive feedback within the communities as all of the centres are almost full to capacity with registrants. 

After completing the camp, the Ministry hopes that the ICT campers will have an enhanced understanding of and interest in ICT-related subjects. The Ministry also hopes that there is increased citizen engagement in ICT Access Centres across the country as it seeks to roll out its nationwide Digital Skills Development Programme. 

For more information please contact the Engagement and Behavioural Communications Unit of the Ministry of Digital Transformation via email: communications@mdt.gov.tt

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