Ascendant To Hold STEM Camp For Students

May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ascendant Group invites 12 – 14 year old students with a passion for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] to apply for its annual STEM Camp, which will be held once again this summer.

Initially launched in 2013, Ascendant’s STEM Camp is ideal for middle school students looking to develop challenging robotic projects, electronics and wearable technology. Past students’ creations have included motorised vehicles, solar water heaters, robots and prosthetics.

Instructor Shirley Kelly, who is facilitating STEM Camp again this year, recognises that there are deeper skillsets being developed beyond the flashy projects that the students create.

Speaking about the Camp, Ms. Kelly stated, “Students gain problem-solving, critical thinking and research skills, in addition to STEM confidence and competence.”

Students also learn from IT professionals, STEM educators and engineers from BELCO and iEPC, two companies that fall under Ascendant Group.

“We want to encourage the youth to be prepared to enter the workforce with technical skills,” stated Ascendant Group Vice President of Human Resources, Zehena Davis. “It’s important to note, that skills like problem-solving and critical thinking are not only limited to technical careers. Once gained, they are transferable across disciplines.”

“STEM is our focus for this camp,” Ms. Davis continued, “but the overall aim is to develop future leaders across the board, no matter what their areas of interest may be.”

There are three sessions of STEM Camp this year: Week 1 [July 2 – 6] and Week 2 [July 9 – 13] cost $250 per student per week and are suitable for beginners. These students may have proven aptitude but not much practical experience. The third session, Weeks 3 and 4 [July 16 – 27], runs for two weeks, costs $450 and is appropriate for advanced students with more experience.

Registration forms are available at ascendant.bm/STEM and at the Ascendant lobby reception desk at 27 Serpentine Road. For more information about STEM Camp, please contact Sonia Paul-Smith on 299.2803 or spsmith@ascendant.bm.

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