STEM Camp pupils win praise
Pupils taking part in this year’s Ascendant Group summer camp got to showcase their projects for education minister Diallo Rabain last week.
A spokeswoman said the pupils, who explored topics related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics as part of the annual STEM Camp, were excited to meet Mr Rabain on Friday.
Mr Rabain said: “I was thoroughly impressed with the STEM Camp. The students were very engaged and eager to share with me what they’ve learnt.
“Ascendant’s STEM Camp is a great opportunity for our students and underscores the fact that the possibilities for our children are limitless when corporate partners and the public support the advancement of education. Programmes like this and the Department of Education’s STEAM Academy demonstrate that STEM/STEAM is indeed the future of education in Bermuda.”
STEM Camp was launched in 2013 to provide middle school students with aptitude and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with an interactive experience in STEM related activities.
This year’s camp, which ran from July 2 to July 27, saw the first two one-week sessions open to beginners who had little practical STEM experience.
Students with more experience were selected to participate in the advanced session of the camp.
They spent two weeks working with circuits, developing computer games, coding HTML, programming Python, using animation, building robots, and creating a digital Cup Match badge.
Denton Williams, Ascendant senior vice-president, said: “It has been both interesting and fulfilling to watch STEM Camp evolve over the years.
“This year, we offered the camp at no cost and invited each middle school to nominate two students.
“Coincidentally, we had more female participants in our first week than ever before.”
He added: “We hope that the skills and experience that these students gain during STEM Camp will solidify their interest in STEM, assist them throughout their schooling and give them the confidence to eventually pursue technical careers in STEM fields.”
• For more information about STEM Camp, visit www.ascendant.bm/STEM</i>
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