Once considered a specialist skill reserved only for computer geeks and programming professionals, nowadays coding is considered an essential ability for students of all ages and interests.

Students from across the Cayman Islands will showcase their STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — skills at the 2021 Cayman Islands SeaPerch Challenge, an underwater robotics competition in which youths put their engineering, problem solving, teamwork and technical skills to the test.

Marcus Fletcher, a grade-11 student at Cayman International School, knew he was interested in a career in engineering but didn’t know what type. Knowing Dart is an active development company in the Cayman Islands with a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) roles, Marcus asked Dart if he could spend his mid-term break gaining work experience with various engineering teams.

MI Careers — Dart’s new digital career fair — provides information and guidance on STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and is now live on mindsinspired.ky.

Every year, Dart supports the Cayman Islands Junior Achievement (JA) programme by sponsoring a company and recruiting Dart staff who volunteer and serve as business mentors to the company’s executives and employees (students). This relationship has grown over the years because JA aligns closely with Dart’s Minds Inspired education initiatives and provides students with practical, hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, production, marketing and sales, and financial literacy.

Each summer, students join the Minds Inspired Work-X programme and gain on-the-job, career-shaping experience, working side by side with Dart's professionals. This year, between the beginning of June and the end of August, 15 students participated in the Work-X programme despite the issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.