A drone-inspired program designed to educate and raise awareness of technology is being offered this month by YMCA Cayman.

“Discovery with Drones” will kick off at the Sir. John A. Cumber Primary School and John Gray High School.

As part of the YMCA’s extended after-school program, students will learn about the history and uses of drones, as well as safety and regulations, and basic navigation through simulator activities.

The program has four levels and students will be required to meet proficiency at each level before progressing to the next.

According to YMCA Cayman CEO Greg Smith, “The YMCA is known for teaching through play, and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to technology in a fun way.”

The YMCA has partnered with Digicel on the program.

“We get many requests for support, but we feel this opportunity, in partnership with the YMCA, will really engage the youth of Cayman and provide them with meaningful skills in key areas such as science, electronics and video editing that could be applied to a career in the future,” said Martin Bould, CEO of Digicel Cayman.

“Our ambition is that as [a] result of this program, we can help inspire the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page and provide opportunities for the youth of Cayman that might not otherwise be possible,” he added.

“Discovery with Drones” is intended to teach students about the capabilities of technology and about career opportunities in the field.

Depending on the program’s success and available resources, the YMCA may extend the project across all government schools. The pilot phase will continue through the YMCA’s summer camps.

For more information, call Vanessa Hansen of the YMCA at 326-3833.

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