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  • For information and registration for Old World, New Learning: Lego Yuh Mind Jrs @ Bellefield (Montego Bay) click here Lego Yuh Mind Jrs is a hands-on learning experience that allows students to playfully explore ideas in Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics. Working and communicating together, participants build 3-D models that develop valuable academic, creative and problem-solving skills. All courses have small group sizes.  The camp will run from July 5 - 29, 2010, ...
  • On a cold and rainy day in San Jose, Jamaica and the Caribbean's sole representative at the Northern California FIRST LEGO League arrived to compete with the top 64 teams in the state. After 3 rounds of robot missions in the morning segment, their highest score of 117 was not sufficient to rank. Dejected and disappointed, they did not know ...
  • In a press conference at the Jones Town Agency for Change, Scotiabank announces their support for Jamaica's first Innercity Robotics Team. Newspaper reports are carried in both the Gleaner and Observer, news items are broadcast on both TVJ and CVM-TV, with a feature shown on Jamaica's 24-hour news station, JNN, about the robotics programme in Jones Town.
  • January 3, 2006: [9 days before scheduled departure and no funding finalized] On this morning, along with their parents, we approach the emergency window at the US Embassy in Kingston with VISA applications for 6 boys and 2 girls. When we get inside the embassy, it is brought to our attention that 5 of the applicants have the older version of their birth certificates, which is no longer being accepted. Three applications are accepted, 2 VISAs are granted. With the strong ...
  • This photo essay is a tribute to the children of Jones Town and Arnett Gardens, who are the pioneers of a robotics programme in their community. It tries to document the period of their preparation to participate in the robotics competition in California, from their first team-building activities to their research on impact of garbage on the Kingston Harbour to building an oceanic environment from LEGO pieces and designing a robot to perform missions. These children came out to training inspite of the torrential raindrops.....and the torrential rain of gunshots which ...
  • Struck by the people and images encountered through our work in Jones Town, we share with you a photo essay and inspired poetry both titled,  Inside Jamaica: Each day we pass these faces Living in their confined spaces Sometimes surrounded by waste Most of them growing with the taste Of sufferation and despair And then add violence, gunshots ring through the air But still hardworking and full of pride So even in their eyes, they cannot hide The feigning of hope ...
  • I could not genuinely say it to the kids today. For what was really "merry" and where did they see the celebration of Christ? On the night of Christmas Eve, there was yet another drive-by leaving at least 5 men shot and 1 dead. Gunshots rang out mid-morning Christmas day, as a police vehicle trying to make an intervention was turned back by the gunfire of heavier artillery. The streets had only a sprinkling of people but still an excess of garbage. As we walked down to the meeting place, the police jeep that was making a patrol through the area had ...
  • It was hard to begin......and decide where to start, so i chose to start now. Now, we approach the 8th weekend of our work in Jones Town. Since Oct 1, 2005, we have been renting a classroom in the hardly used building of the Jones Town Agency for Change. For 2-3 hours on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 middle school students meet in preparation for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition in http://www.playingatlearning.org/...