The future is now and it involves solar-powered bugs. That was just one element of the eighth international STEM conference held last month at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The three-day conference, which featured a local and international line-up of speakers, involved presentations and events focused on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That's where the solar bugs came in.

Held in May, the inaugural Dart Minds Inspired Awards for Excellence in Teaching STEM recognised Von Ryan Abrantes of St. Ignatius Catholic School and Lune Vermeire, previously of Island Montessori, for their outstanding work in teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics – collectively known as STEM.

As part of their awards, Abrantes and Vermeire each received a grant to attend a STEM related professional development course of their choice, a US$3,000 grant for their schools to enhance their STEM educational resources, and a cash award of US$1,000.

As the Cayman Islands National Robotics Team prepares to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge, the students visited the offices of Aureum Re, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) and Health City Cayman Islands to learn firsthand about STEM careers available locally.

In October 2019, 11 students will make the journey of a lifetime to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge as the Cayman Islands National Robotics Team.

After stellar performances at the regional SeaPerch Challenge in March, the John Gray Aqua Lasers and Layman E. Scott Brac Bots recently represented the Cayman Islands at the 2019 International SeaPerch Challenge in College Park, Maryland.

After months of work designing, building and programming their robots to compete in the Minds Inspired Robotics’ FIRST Technical Challenge, eight teams from Grand Cayman’s local high schools gathered at the Camana Bay Arts & Recreation Centre on 11 May for an out-of-this-world competition.

Themed “Rover Ruckus”, Aureum Re, Caribbean Utilities Co., Digicel and Health City Cayman Islands sponsored the event in partnership with Dart Minds Inspired.