By Coretta Joe
Nineteen-year-old Jasmine Greene is on a mission to rally young Barbadians to help the country achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals of climate action and quality education.
And she is using technology to help reach those goals.
The aspiring robotics engineer was part of the Barbados Robotics Team – being the first female when she joined at the age of 11 – that travelled to countries such as Mexico and Dubai and participated in the World Robotics Olympics and created climate change-related problems.
“We built robots that solved real-world challenges that developed from climate change and targeted the United Nations Development Goals of affordable clean energy and clean water and sanitation,” she shared.
The teenager has interacted and cooperated with teams of STEM students with diverse cultural backgrounds and networked with students from as far as Lesotho, Malawi, Liberia, Oman and Brazil. She also virtually led the 2021-2022 team as a supportive mentor in Geneva, Switzerland.
Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Electronics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, and plans to eventually pursue an MBA in Robotics.
The disciplined teen has a hectic schedule but still manages to perform her role as CEO of Private Caribbean Study Goals, an online study network born during the COVID-19 pandemic that provides free tuition to secondary school students across the region.
She is also the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Community Events Officer and urges corporate Barbados and individuals to give back to the faculty so it can continue to drive the world forward using technology.
“I believe, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic as education became a virtual anomaly and many persons had to adapt, we as students had to find other roots. I believe that although it was not robotics, it was the start of technology and playing around with the different tools that the Internet gives you and knowing that this is the gateway to creating technology that sustains quality education,” Greene said.
She is currently working on a special collaborative project facilitated by the Faculty of Science and Technology, partnering with former students Julian Clarke of OnSolar Renewable Energy Solutions and Kerri-Ann Bovell of EcoMyco. They will make a presentation to current students on renewable energy and entrepreneurship.
Although she is juggling multiple roles, there is no slowing down for Greene. She plans to sign up for the UN Climate Ambassadorship Programme and collaborate with more climate change ambassadors to show that technology, though often a problem, is the solution to many of the problems we face.