The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis on an unprecedented scale. At Dart, our collective priority is protecting the health and safety of our people and our community, while continuing daily business operations as best as we can. 

As the virus continues to have a local impact, Dart is closely monitoring advice and guidelines from the Cayman Islands Government and international health authorities and guiding all its programmes, including Minds Inspired, on how to continue.

Girls and boys, start your robots.

Those may not be the exact words used to start the Cayman Islands regional qualifier for the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge on 7 March at the Camana Bay Aquatic Centre, but girls and boys will indeed start their remotely operated vehicles — often referred to simply as "ROVs" — before putting them to the test on the bottom of the pool. Viewing the competition is free of charge and open to the public.

Nine teams from seven of Grand Cayman’s local high schools gathered at the Camana Bay Arts & Recreation Centre on 1 February for ‘SKYSTONE’, the 2020 Minds Inspired Robotics’ FIRST Technical Challenge. The students were asked to imagine the cities of the future and design a robot capable of overcoming obstacles that stand in the path to build a superstructure.

A long time ago (last year) in a galaxy far, far away (the Camana Bay Arts & Recreation Centre), eight teams of intrepid students deployed their custom-built robots to retrieve samples of silver and gold Unobtainium, a rare mineral found only on the barren Planet X. 

This year, the students and their droid allies are tasked with a different mission: building towering structures that will climb into the skies.

Cayman’s brightest young mathematicians tested their skills at the 2019 Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge on 21-22 November in the Sir Vassel Johnson Multipurpose Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

Dart Minds Inspired programme is synonymous with STEM in the Cayman Islands and is grounded in the Dart family’s legacy of supporting education and a longstanding belief that STEM subjects are essential for success in and beyond the classroom.

In 2018 Dart broadened the scope of Minds Inspired to include teachers – the hardworking individuals who, although behind the scenes, are often responsible for a student’s love of, and success in, school. The Award for Excellence in Teaching STEM was introduced, with a goal of supporting and encouraging the growth of STEM in Cayman by rewarding excellence in teaching STEM, and providing school grants to purchase STEM related resources.