The American Centre organised a reception programme to honour Bangladeshi students who took part in a number of robotics and social media competitions in the US in April and July of this year.
The reception was held at US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat's residence in Dhaka on Sunday evening, according to a media statement from the US embassy.
Chargé d'Affairs Joel Reifman congratulated the Bangladeshi STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students, including Bangladeshi Mars Rover teams from six different universities, the Robot Olympiad's high school team, and Dhaka University's team attending Peer 2 Peer (P2P): Facebook Global Digital Challenge in the US.
With the participating six teams, Bangladesh had the second highest number of competitors after the US in the Mars Rover Challenge. Meanwhile, the Dhaka University team won the top prize in the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) social media competition.
In the statement, Joel Reifman said: “It is more important than ever for youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information in all its forms.”
“These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math. All students should see STEM education as springboards for their careers.”
STEM degree holders in the US have higher incomes, even for those working in non-STEM careers.
Currently, there are more than 6,500 Bangladeshi students in the US higher education system.