CEC partners with UCCI to host STEM Summer Camp



CEC partners with UCCI to host STEM Summer Camp

For the second year in a row, Cayman Enterprise City (CEC), through its Enterprise Cayman initiative, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the University College of the Cayman Islands’ (UCCI) STEM Summer Camp slated for August 20-24, 2018. The first and only one of its kind in the Cayman Islands, the week-long camp combines Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects in a fun, interactive learning environment.

Knowing that many jobs within Cayman Enterprise City will continue to be created by innovative technology companies who require a local talent base with specialised skills, CEC continues to partner with UCCI to promote STEM to the next generation of Caymanians. CEC “From the onset, one of the primary objectives of the CEC development project has been to help create new job opportunities for Caymanians,” said Cayman Enterprise City CEO Charlie Kirkconnell. “CEC’s growth means an increasing number of new creative job opportunities in STEM that many young Caymanians have had to previously leave Cayman to pursue. It is vital that we raise awareness of developing job prospects in technology and that we support engaging learning opportunities like the UCCI STEM Summer Camp, which seeks to inspire students to pursue creative careers in STEM.”

CEC has been a staunch supporter of UCCI’s STEM programmes since the inception of the STEM Carib Conference in 2012. Kristel Sanchez, Director of Marketing, PR, and Alumni and camp organiser said, “It is through the generosity and enthusiasm of CEC that we are able to continue offering amazing learning experiences such as the STEM Summer Camp. They empower us to produce a curriculum unlike anything that is being offered in Cayman to families who normally struggle to find unique activities for their children at an affordable cost.”

CEC’s sponsorship will allow incoming STEM-inclined grades 7-9 students to explore a variety of topics including web development, robotics, food science, astronomy, microbiology, chemistry, environmental science and event physics through dance. “This year’s camp is not to be missed. Thanks to CEC, the programme has been expanded to a full week including lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. Furthermore, each participant takes home several activity kits which will be used in the hands-on interactive sessions throughout the camp and will be granted all-access passes to the STEM Carib 2018 Conference in October. Parents need only to invest CI $125 and to commit to bringing their children for the week since slots are limited.”

UCCI President J.A. Roy Bodden, JP, said, “There has been a growing interest in STEM since the establishment of the Dr. Wm. Hrudey Obervatory six years ago. It is for this reason that efforts of entities such as CEC play such an important role in continuing to stimulate, nurture and support interest and efforts to promote STEM education. The University College is greatly appreciative of the commitment of CEC in sponsoring the STEM Summer Camp. This sponsorship will allow for aspiring scientists, inventors, mathematicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, and leaders to train and prepare so that they compete on a global stage.”

President Bodden also underscored that the sponsorship allows attendees to broaden their academic and careers horizons as they gain experience in various STEM fields and meet subject experts. “The expansion of UCCI’s STEM Summer Camp means that participating students are going to be exposed to more STEM subjects and gain more memorable experiences. We hope that this added value will inspire students to pursue creative jobs in technology – ultimately contributing to our global economy,” added Kirkconnell.

Enterprise Cayman is a partnership between CEC and the Cayman Islands Government to connect Caymanians with opportunities that currently exist and others that will become available in the zone. CEC partners with local firms and businesses to provide mentoring, career counseling and associated skills necessary to take advantage of opportunities. The initiative also aims to raise awareness among young Caymanians.

The UCCI STEM Summer Camp is but one of the institution’s several initiatives that focus on STEM. President Bodden says it is important to offer more career choices in a world where there is a growing reliance on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve challenges and dilemmas. “We have already made a significant step with the observatory, the annual STEM Carib Conference and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme. Last year we hosted a weeklong astrophysics programme for UCCI and Harrisburg University students. We hope to keep making strides in this regard and offer more opportunities to our students.

The camp is open to incoming grade 7-9 students who possess the following qualities:

  1. Passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  2. Willingness to learn
  3. Excellent communication skills
  4. Outgoing personality
  5. Sense of enterprise

Interested parties must register by August 10 here: https://tinyurl.com/UCCISTEMCamp2018