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STEAM Education Across Borders: Canadian Indigenous Youth Visit Silicon Valley Using a Telepresence Robot


Indigesteam coach (at home, Left Ohmni) and Siksika First Nation teacher and student (on-Nation class, right Ohmni) at the Inventures conference in Calgary, 2022

We realized that Ohmni telepresence robots would allow us to interact with the nation’s youth to grow our robotics clubs and mentoring activities in a way that had never been tried before.

— Deanna Burgart, President of IndigeSTEAM and “Indigeneer”

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, August 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — What: IndigeSTEAM Companywith partners Pantala Technologies and OhmniLabs, offers a one-of-a-kind telepresence educational experience for First Nations youth. Urban and nationwide indigenous youth will visit OhmniLabs state-of-the-art 3D printing farm in Silicon Valley via Ohmni’s telepresence robots without traveling the distance.

Where: Summer STEAM Camp for Indigenous Youth at the University of Calgary

When: August 9, 2022

Who: IndigeSTEAM Company, Pantala Technologies, OhmniLabs, Telus, Insight Enterprises Canada


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MDT): Setting: Classroom Coaching via Ohmni Robots, Location: University of Calgary Main Campus: TRB Portable Classrooms outside Math Sci, Parking Lot 22 of 32 Ave NW, University of Calgary Maps

1:00 p.m. MDT: Young people learn to drive Ohmni robots

1:30 p.m. MDT: Visit to the OhmniLabs printing farm (Remote driving in San Francisco via robots)

2:15 p.m. MDT: Young people choreograph and design costumes

3:00 p.m. MDT: Robot Flash Mob! Location: University of Calgary, ICT building open area, ground floor.

On August 9, IndigeSTEAM STEAM summer camp youth will “travel” from Canada to Silicon Valley to visit OhmniLabs 3D printing farm. Using Ohmni telepresence robots for their visit, students will experience the growing field of additive manufacturing, learning first-hand from experts. “We are excited to welcome IndigeSTEAM students to our manufacturing facility. Remote learning has never been easier, says Tra Vu, COO of OhmniLabs.

Before and especially during the pandemic, IndigeSTEAM Society, an organization that develops Indigenous-led and culturally relevant STEM/STEAM programs for youth, has witnessed immense challenges in supporting its mentoring and coaching activities in First Nations. Nations of Alberta. COVID restrictions not only severely restricted travel to and from reservations, but also the availability of volunteer mentors who could visit reservations. Missed education and training opportunities have further compounded the dire situation of Indigenous youth, who are already grossly underrepresented in STEM education and careers.

Pantala Technologies has partnered with IndigeSTEAM to bring Ohmni telepresence robots to First Nations to help IndigeSTEAM improve access to education and expand its coaching and mentoring reach.

“We had successful robot trials at Siksika High School during the summer of 2021 and found it to be much better than the online conference. We realized that the Ohmni Telepresence robots would allow us to interact with the young people of Nation to develop our robotics clubs and our mentoring activities in a way that had never been tried before. We are extremely keen to work with this technology to expand our STEM outreach program, and engage and connect Indigenous youth across Canada and beyond,” said Deanna Burgart, President of IndigeSTEAM and “Indigeneer”.

Pantala Technologies, Canadian partner of OhmniLabs, introduces the Ohmni telepresence robot to help educational institutions create unique classrooms and social interactions. Using the robots, mentors can visit a classroom, interact directly with young people and watch what they are doing. Moreover, students and teachers can control the robot in a special place for face-to-face conversations, move from room to room and look around freely. Both uses allow participants to be present as if they were there in person, while saving time and travel costs.

“I was the mentor visiting Siksika in the summer of 2021. The class dynamic was great! With this Ohmni technology, we really can be in two places at once! says IndigeSTEAM/Ohmni mentor Wendy Hutchins.

“We feel privileged to introduce this advanced robotic platform to Canada that can help make education accessible and inclusive, especially for our First Nations,” said Sanah Jowhari, CEO of Pantala Technologies. “Through our partnership with organizations like IndigeSTEAM, we are just beginning to explore the value of telepresence robots for Indigenous communities and so far we have been very impressed with the acceptance of this technology as a new way to learning about the exchange between Aboriginal youth, their role models and other non-Aboriginal members of the community. Ohmni Robot has been deployed in educational institutions and communities around the world.

After successfully deploying several Ohmnis to the Siksika Nation earlier this year, IndigeSTEAM now plans to expand the reach and results of its programming via telepresence robots to other First Nations with new funding from the Telus grant. for Indigenous communities and Insight Canada.

About IndigeSTEAM:
IndigeSTEAM’s mission is to provide Indigenous-led and culturally appropriate STEM/STEAM programs to support a better future for Indigenous youth in STEM. We do this with spaces that are ethical and respectful of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. We engage Indigenous STEM role models and train non-Indigenous and Indigenous STEM professionals on how best to work with Indigenous youth and youth in general. We also provide Indigenous STEM professionals with networking and support that recognizes their need to walk in two worlds. IndigeSTEAM Society is a non-profit society founded in 2018 combining 3 programs for youth programming, mentor support and community engagement. Website: www.indigesteam.ca

About Pantala Technologies:
At Pantala Technologies, our mission is to bring you transformative technologies that change lives. We distribute and integrate unique service robotic platforms that are inclusive by design and have proven impact worldwide. Our solutions are designed, tested and validated by industry experts and solve pressing problems in global communities. Website: www.pantalatech.com

About OhmniLabs:
Founded in 2015 by robotics experts Jared Go, Tingxi Tan, and serial entrepreneur Thuc Vu, OhmniLabs, Inc. is a Silicon Valley robotics company that produces large-scale service robots. With more than 3,000 robots deployed worldwide in 50 countries, OhmniLabs has made a name for itself by creating a unique on-demand robot manufacturing model that allows it to design, engineer and manufacture robots customized to the needs of customers at unparalleled speed. The company produces all robots in the United States using proprietary 3D printing processes and has an extensive portfolio of modular accessories that open up a world of possibilities. OhmniLabs telepresence and UV-C disinfection robots are used daily by businesses, healthcare professionals, schools and major sports teams around the world.

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Co-Founder, CEO, Pantala Technologies
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Deanna Burgart
President, IndigeSTEAM Company
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