In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) will host its inaugural ‘Math Institute Summer Camp’ at Queen’s College from tomorrow, July 18th, through July 29th.
The goal of the Math Institute is to inspire rising 3rd Formers to engage meaningfully in mathematics and to give serious consideration to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
While offering sophisticated math instruction, the Math Institute extends knowledge and skills beyond the traditional curriculum. It uses a developmentally appropriate approach that combines significant mathematical content within a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about math through problem-solving and interactive exploration.
Complementary activities will be integral to the experience. There will be a coding and robotics component to the programme, courtesy of a relationship between QCAANY and k12youthcode.com, a Georgia-based organization.
There are a number of planned field trips among which will be a trip to GuySuCo’s Uitvlugt Sugar Estate as well as the University of Guyana’s, Turkeyen Campus. This will further reinforce in-classroom lessons while enhancing students’ understanding of the importance of STEM in Guyana’s economic development. A number of encounters are planned featuring local professionals who will speak with students about STEM career options.
The two-week programme will be free of cost to the thirty participating students from Queen’s College, Bishops’ and Tutorial High schools. It will include lunch and snacks, with beverages donated by Banks DIH.
The Math Institute Summer Camp is the brainchild of Dr. Terrence Blackman, QC alumnus, Chair of the Medgar Evers Math Department, and a University of Guyana Education Resource Ambassador. He will lead the programme with support from Delon Ogle, a math teacher from QC; John Campbell and Saran Nurse, QCAANY’s President and Treasurer, respectively; Cleveland Waddell, QC alumnus and Graduate Student in Applied Math at North Carolina State University; local alumni and friends of QC; and personnel from the Ministry of Education of Guyana. Air travel sponsorship is being provided by Fly Jamaica Airways.
The July initiative is QCAANY’s latest demonstration of its firm commitment to STEM education and fulfills an earlier promise made to Minister of Education and QC alum, the Hon. Rupert Roopnaraine.
Since 2000, QCAANY has awarded annual scholarships to first and second year students enrolled at UG who have distinguished themselves in the area of chemistry while at QC. The scholarships cover tuition through The Vernley Ward Bursary, named in honour of a founding member of the association. The group 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.
Broadly stated, the organization’s mission is to contribute significantly to the advancement and improvement of education in Guyana. For more information about The Math Institute Summer Camp, interested persons can contact QCAANY at [email protected]
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