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19 benefit from NTRC’s myAPP Summer Programme


Nineteen students from the Grenadine island of Bequia are currently enrolled in the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission’s (NTRC) “myAPP” Summer programme, which seeks to teach them how to code and design mobile applications.

The programme, which is in its fourth year, is being facilitated by the NTRC’s Software Engineer Cyron Cyrus. It began on Monday, July 16, and will run until Friday, August 10. It is being held at the Bequia Community High School.

This year, Cyrus introduced The Micro Bit (also referred to as BBC Micro Bit, stylized as micro:bit). The Micro Bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun. It was designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the United Kingdom (UK).

Cyrus said that the programme shows that the NTRC continues to do its part in developing the nation’s youth, as it targets persons in the age group of 13 to 18.

He said the classes are open to students who may or may not have previous exposure to coding and application development.

At the end of the programme, a Valedictorian will be chosen. Participants will be asked to build a working prototype of a mobile application.

The NTRC is hoping that the skills learnt during the programme can spill over into the NTRC’s annual i2 Competition.

This year, the programme is receiving the assistance of FLOW, Digicel, the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (BOSVG), Jack’s Beach Bar and Outhouse Graphics.