STEM Carib 2019 set for October

Preparations are under way for the eighth edition of STEM Carib 2019 at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics conference is set for 8‑11 8 Oct.‑11 at UCCI and will feature a keynote address from Don Marinelli, director of innovation for Inven Global, a curated platform for eSports, cosplay and video game content.

The veteran educator has taught at Arizona State University, Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University, according to a UCCI statement. He is also the co-founder of the CMU entertainment Technology Centre.

Conference director Antoinette Gayle, who is assistant professor of chemistry, said the aim of the conference is to push the innovation envelope further in Cayman.

“Success is attained by those who effect change by dreaming big, pushing themselves to the limit, breaking down barriers and do so at lightning speed. The conference seeks to set the stage that will inspire and mobilise Cayman’s next generation of thought leaders and innovators,” she said.

Stacy McAfee, president and CEO of UCCI, said ‘The Future is Now’ theme “is an appropriate sentiment to the great excitement about hosting another STEM Conference at UCCI”.

“This year we are exploring cutting-edge technology and how it is transforming and revolutionising our world,” she added.

This year, UCCI will continue its partnership with Harrisburg University, a leading STEM institution in Pennsylvania, USA.

The US university’s faculty experts, along with other local and international speakers, will discuss topics such as drone technology, virtual reality, aquaponics and forensic science.

They will also be conducting special teachers’ sessions on Experiential Learning.

UCCI said a new feature is being introduced this year, the Travelling History Museum, which will be experienced by around 1,600 students across Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

The conference will end with a free family fun afternoon scheduled from 1:30‑4:30pm on 11 Oct. The event will feature demonstrations, exhibits and experiments that will appeal to children aged 5 and up.

To find out more, visit www.stem.ky or call 623‑8224.

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