UCCI hosts summer STEM camp

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The following is a press release from the University College of the Cayman Islands:

DRONES, ROBOTICS AND DIGITAL DESIGN THE ORDER OF THE DAY AT UCCI’S AWE-INSPIRING STEM SUMMER CAMP

On 8 August 2022, UCCI welcomed back 30 aspiring young STEM experts to its annual STEM summer camp, which took place at the University’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall. Places for the extremely popular camp filled in under three hours this year, due to the amazing activities on offer.

Campers participated in a jam-packed schedule of activities including 3D printing and design, vlogging, slime making, robotics and drones. The camp aimed to show students how fun and diverse science, technology, engineering and math can be and how a career in one of these sectors is much more than they see in a traditional classroom.

UCCI is a key provider of STEM related education in the Cayman Islands and believes that STEM sector employment will continue to grow as a prominent employment sector in the Cayman Islands. Getting students interested in STEM at an early age creates young people that want to develop their skills in this area and have more chance of going into a career in STEM.

The camp is now in its sixth year.  Mrs. Antoinette Gayle, Assistant Professor at UCCI, has been running the camp since it started in 2017 and each year demand has increased, she said.

Ms Gayle, commented, “STEM employment is amongst the fastest growing sectors in the world.  When you think about the roles that STEM encompasses, from computing and healthcare to engineering and much more, STEM sectors change our worlds and drive innovation. We want as many of Cayman’s young people as possible to understand how important STEM development is to their worlds and to be excited by them realizing that they themselves can be the change agents.”

The camp was made possible thanks to the support of Cayman Enterprise City, who have sponsored the camp for six years and cover a large percentage of costs.

The Water Authority Cayman Islands also provided reusable water bottles and thumb drives for the students’ use and the Book Nook supplied gift certficates as prizes for outstanding campers.

Students who attended the camp also received a pack of materials that include Robots and supplies to continue their learning at home and a pass to the STEM Carib conference, which will be held at UCCI in March 2023.

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