Hundreds of students filtered through Sir Vassel Johnson Hall Friday afternoon for the conclusion of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Carib Conference at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Some of the most popular events in the Family Fun Afternoon session included robotics displays, observatory tours and virtual reality demonstrations.

Brian Walters demonstrates a robotic arm he built with Roberth Davis at UCCI.
Brian Walters demonstrates a robotic arm he built with Roberth Davis at UCCI.

Ethan Slocock, 14, from Cayman Prep and High School, said the day helped students appreciate knowledge in science and math.

“We get to see what’s happening hands-on; see it in front of our own eyes, which a lot of people can’t really do without events like this,” he said. “It’s such an amazing thing.”

There were also presentations by Rotary Science Fair 2015 winners Dilan Tatum (Earth Science), James Banks, Iona Nicol, Joanna Robinson (Life Science), Johnathon Bedasse (Physics, Chemistry & Most Innovative), Thomas Sevik (Physics and Chemistry), Georgina Healey (Earth Science), and Connor Finch (Special Prize).

Grace Christian Academy student Georgina Healey, 13, shows off her Environmental Sciences project. - Photos: Matt Lamers
Grace Christian Academy student Georgina Healey, 13, shows off her Environmental Sciences project. – Photos: Matt Lamers

The four-day conference is designed to inspire an interest in science-related topics among students, teachers and the public.

UCCI student Brian Walters said the STEM conference “introduces to kids what science is all about. It shows that science and math can actually be fun.”

David Lewis, 9, Matthew Bodden, 11, and Wade Morrison, 10, make a bridge for the Destination Imagination program.
David Lewis, 9, Matthew Bodden, 11, and Wade Morrison, 10, make a bridge for the Destination Imagination program.
Kai Harvey, 5, interacts with a robot.
Kai Harvey, 5, interacts with a robot.
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