Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Girls being empowered to get involved in STEM

(L-R) International Business Machine (IBM) Sales Manager, Robin Ford; Dean of the faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Dr Colin Depradine; President of Rotary Club of Barbados, Paul Ashby; Director of The National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) (Ag.),  Charles Cyrus.

(L-R) International Business Machine (IBM) Sales Manager, Robin Ford; Dean of the faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Dr Colin Depradine; President of Rotary Club of Barbados, Paul Ashby; Director of The National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) (Ag.), Charles Cyrus.

More efforts are on the way to empower young women to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) areas

This as the IBM’s STEM4Girls Camp is set to take place at the University of West Indies on the Cave Hill campus.

IBM STEM Camps are designed to foster a new generation of scientists and engineers and encourage the thousands of young people who have participated in these programs to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering. Students who attend STEM camp will participate in fun-filled, socially and age relevant activities individually and in teams. They will learn firsthand how science, math, engineering and technology are being used to address some of the world’s most pressing issues.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for the selection of the 30 girls between the ages of between 12 to 14 years, from the Secondary schools across the island. 

In addition to encouraging an interest in, as well as a greater appreciation of career opportunities math, science, and engineering, the Camp is designed to demonstrate to participants that they can be successful and make contributions of their own in those fields. It will also provide participants with role models in technology careers, as students learn from IBM’s leading technologists through hands-on activities.

The Rotary Club of Barbados also recognises the value of teaching STEM to Barbados's future leaders and is funding the event in hopes of opening the minds of those girls who will be attending to their potential in STEM fields. President of the Rotary Club of Barbados, Paul Ashby, noted that ''the Rotary Club did not hesitate to be a part of this initiative".

The "focus on Robotics is timely as our country should be preparing itself at this time for the transformation of our society to take of advantage of new technologies, new industries on which to build our economy for the next 30 years," he stressed.

STEM4Girls Camp runs from March 13 to March 15, 2018

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