Brooklyn, New York: – –For the second consecutive summer, the Queen’s College of Guyana
Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) will be hosting its Queen’s College Summer Maths Institute (“QCSMI”) for two weeks beginning tomorrow at Queen’s College, Camp Street.
The institute will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with daily lunch and snacks provided at no cost to participating students.
The target group of this programme is rising third and fourth form students from Queen’s College, Tutorial High School, Bishops’ High School, and Saint Stanislaus College.
The institute aims to sustainably implement a developmentally–appropriate and culturally resonant middle school learning environment that engages Guyanese students in a cognitively rich mathematics learning experience.
That experience is intended to affirm and align with their cultural and social identities and places them securely on pathways to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) excellence. The programme uses a developmentally appropriate approach that combines significant mathematical content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about maths through problem solving and exploration.
The objectives of the QCSMI are to:
· Attract high school students in Georgetown Guyana to mathematical sciences and to motivate them to excel in the subject,
· Introduce high school students and their parents to the notion of mathematics as theory.
· Sensitise students and their parents to futures linked with mathematics, including but not limited to careers as mathematicians, math educators, research scientists, computer scientists, economists or business leaders.
A number of field trips are planned as complementary activities which are integral to the QCSMI experience. Among these are trips to GuySuCo’s Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, the University of Guyana’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and Banks DIH Ltd. The field trips are intended to demonstrate the use of mathematical principles in real-world scenarios. Additionally, local professionals in STEM-based disciplines will speak with students about STEM career options.
This year, like the founding year 2016, the programme will be led by mathematician, Dr. Terrence Blackman, Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Blackman will be joined by Mr. Cleveland Waddell, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Mathematics at North Carolina State University and former Queen’s College alumnus. Their efforts will be supported by Ms. Karen Wharton, President of QCAANY and systems engineer at Thomson Reuters; and Ms. Shindy Johnson, QCAANY member, science educator, teacher trainer, and author of “Learning about Science Volumes I and II”, a textbook for adult learners in South Africa; Ms. Ede Tyrell, Queen’s College alumna and University of Guyana lecturer who specializes in Microbiology in the Department of Medical Technology of the Faculty of Health Sciences; Ms. Delon Ogle, Queen’s College teacher and chair of the Agriculture department; Ms. Shannon Woodruffe, Queen’s College 2017 Valedictorian, as well as other Queen’s College friends and supporters.
This year’s programme is made possible through sponsorships from JHI Associates of Guyana and Queen’s College alumnus, Dr. Edris Dookie. Air travel sponsorship is being provided by Fly Jamaica Airways; beverages are provided by Banks DIH Ltd; and mathematics-based software is being provided by Maplesoft.
In addition to the QCSMI programme, QCAANY has consistently supported science-oriented students and programmes at the school. Since 2000, it has awarded through its Vernley Ward Bursary, scholarships to first and second year students enrolled at UG who have distinguished themselves in the area of chemistry while at Queen’s College.
QCAANY helped create the school’s first computer lab in the late 1990s and continues to collaborate with other alumni chapters to refurbish and upgrade equipment in the computer, physics and biology labs.
More recently, QCAANY has focused on funding enrichment programs and social services to students. Student conferences have been held each academic year since 2014. The conferences are supplemented throughout the year by a small and informal virtual student mentorship programme.
The welfare of students is not forgotten, as the group funded the annual salary of the school’s first social worker who provided badly need services to students at the school.
Broadly stated, the organization’s mission is to contribute significantly to the advancement and improvement of education in Guyana.
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