UCCI to host Cayman’s first science conference

| 29/06/2012

science_mysteries_01_0111-md.jpg(CNS): The University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) will be hosting the first ever Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference later his year. Dubbed STEM Carib 2012 the debut event in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus, Caribbean Institute of Astronomy (CARINA), the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education, Training & Employment and the Cayman Islands Astronomical  Society (CIAS), is set for 17-19 October at the UCCI Campus. “We believe that the challenges of the 21st century are those that can be solved by science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said UCCI President Roy Bodden.

“There is a need for renewed focus on these subject areas as a way into the future,” he added.

The first of its kind STEM will engage educators, students and professionals in a meaningful learning environment about current trends in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The event will also serve as a venue for experts to share insights and knowledge in the hope of making advances in the country and the region.
Planning Committee member Dr. Bill Hrudey said it was an exciting event to look forward to.

“Following the establishment of an observatory and a successful teachers’ astronomy workshop in the first quarter of 2012, we are now ready to embark on this new project towards numerous other scientific disciplines. STEM Carib 2012 is one that will be of interest to local and regional academic communities, students of all ages, professionals in related industries, hobbyists as well as the general public,” he said.

A line-up of local and international speakers, headed by renowned astronomer and physicist Dr Shirin Haque, Head of Physics at UWI St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, will be attending the event. Apart from giving the keynote presentation and leading a plenary session, Dr. Haque has also agreed to extend her time to include sessions with primary and high school students all over Grand Cayman.

“It is hoped that with the success of the conference, STEM Carib can become a landmark event here in Cayman, rendering our islands as a major science centre in the Caribbean,” said Dr. Hrudey.

To find out how you can support STEM Carib 2012 or to take advantage of the discounted early registration rates, please email events@ucci.edu.ky or call 623-0561. For updates and other information about the conference, please like their page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/StemCarib2012.

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