Conference set to highlight science, math and technology

First of its kind to be held in cayman

The University College of the Cayman Islands is staging a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics conference from 17-19 October at the main campus in Grand Cayman.

Dubbed, STEM Carib 2012, the conference is being done in collaboration with the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, the Caribbean Institute of Astronomy, the Cayman Islands Ministry of Education and the Cayman Islands Astronomical Society.

The first of its kind in the Cayman Islands, STEM Carib 2012 seeks to engage educators, students and professionals in a learning environment about the 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 territory and region.

“We believe that the challenges of the 21st century are those that can be solved by science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hence, there is need for renewed focus on these subject areas as a way into the future,” said UCCI President Roy Bodden.

Planning Committee member Dr. Bill Hrudey said this is an exciting event that Grand Cayman can look forward to this fall.

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

STEM Carib 2012 boasts an impressive lineup 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. 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 the Cayman, rendering our islands as a major science centre in the Caribbean,” Dr. Hrudey said.

To find out how you can support STEM Carib 2012 or to take advantage of the discounted early registration rates, call 623-0561.