In an endeavor to promote STEAM Education with an activity based approach where Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are integrated to harness student inquiry, dialogue, creativity, and critical thinking, Gateway has launched a series of Activity Days and Regional Robotics Competitions throughout the country. The first such event was held at the Grand Kandyan Hotel in Kandy, recently. The focus of the Gateway Group, as always is to prepare its students intellectually, emotionally and spiritually to become upstanding citizens.
The STEAM Activity day and Regional Robotics Competition was organized in collaboration with Colombo Hilton Kids Club and the Grand Kandyan, to encourage children from the Central Province to participate in an exploration platform. Over 150 children eagerly engaged in many fun activities which triggered their curiosity, creativity and innovative thinking capabilities. The exciting activities in Drama, Story Telling, Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Robotics and STEM brought true meaning to STEAM in a manner that children could easily grasp and truly enjoy.
The Robotics Competition conducted by Gateway School of Computing in collaboration with My STEM Labs India, had an eager participation from many schools in the region. The competition was organized to promote Robotics and STEM education in the country, in an interactive competitive platform, by providing students with hands-on experience to design and build programmable robots that can complete an assigned task.
Gateway College Kandy, won the Championship in the Senior category and Badulla Central College, were the Champions of the Junior Category. Mahamaya Girls School and Girls’ High School, emerged 1st Runners up and 2nd Runner up respectively in the Senior Category. Hilton Awards for the most innovative robot designs of the Senior and Junior categories were awarded to Girls’ High School and Badulla Central College respectively. An award for the Best Girl Powered team was presented by Grand Kandyan to Hillwood College.
The next event of this nature is planned in August at Weligama, for children of the Southern Province. All regional award winners will be invited to participate at the Grand Final scheduled to be held in October to commemorate Children’s Day at the Colombo Hilton as they vie for the Gateway Robotics Championship 2020. The event was put together by the collective effort of the Gateway Schools of Computing, Language and Speech & Drama, located across the island, that offer a broad range of enriching programmes for young learners, teenagers, school leavers and professionals, in all areas of STEAM education.
Further information on STEAM related courses offered can be obtained from Gateway centres: Borella: 011 2670632, 011 2670633, Nugegoda: 011 2816815, 011 2829334, Bambalapitiya: 011 2502100, 011 2583858, Panadura: 038 2240386, 038 2240387, Galle: 091 2233677, 091 4384177, Matara- 041 2222083, Kandy- 081 2233587, 081 4475372