Enthusiastic: Engineers Donald Marwick and Michael Sinclair will help the young people with several projects. They are seen above working on a motorized vehicle made out of Legos. n*Photo by Don Burgess
Enthusiastic: Engineers Donald Marwick and Michael Sinclair will help the young people with several projects. They are seen above working on a motorized vehicle made out of Legos. n*Photo by Don Burgess

The response was overwhelming.

Ascendant saw its STEM Summer Camp (Science Technology Engineering Maths) programme become oversubscribed.

This was after an article appeared in the Bermuda Sun’s Tech section last Wednesday.

Prior to the article, just 20 young people 12 to 15-years-old  had signed up for the STEM Camp, but Friday 50 had done so.

The STEM Camp, which will run for two weeks, can accommodate 20 teens. 

Susan McGrath-Smith, corporate communications officer for Ascendant, said:,“It just shows the power of the press. 

“We’re very excited. This was an application process and wasn’t first come, first serve. So there had to be either a recommendation by a science teacher or a paragraph written by the kid to show their interest in and aptitude for STEM. Most of them fulfilled that. 

“We’re very excited there are so many kids out there who are genuinely interested in STEM and we think this a great way to kick off what we hope will be a real interest island-wide in STEM and a lot more programmes for these kids.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that 10 of the applicants won’t be able to attend.

She said: “We’re not going to be able to accommodate everybody. We are sticking with 40 (people) because of the size of the room and we have just enough laptops and the Lego sets to accommodate 20 per week. 

“We’re encouraging them to go the workshop at the library and we’re going to talk with the library about running a STEM camp that will run year round.”

The Bermuda Youth Library STEM workshop is scheduled for July 25 at 10am. It has room for 20 children and as of Tuesday morning, five had already signed up leaving just 15 spots. Children have to be members of the library to sign up for the workshop. 

She said: “We’ll sit down after the camp and have a little debrief to see what we can do.”