The Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education Programme closed-out their four week summer camp with the Summer STEAM Academy showcase on Sunday evening at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for Performing Arts. 

Minister Diallo Rabain, who attended the performance and gave opening remarks said: “The Department of Education’s Gift and Talented Programme has for a fourth consecutive year conducted the summer STEAM academy in conjunction with AH Tempo.

“This programme provides a fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.”

As Minister of Education and as a parent, he said: “I understand the importance of STEAM education. I am, therefore, very pleased to report that efforts by the Department of Education to introduce a STEAM curriculum has been realized, and in September we will implement  Engineering Is Elementary (EiE)’ curriculum – a science component of STEAM Education, as the best fit for primary school students.

“The Engineering Is Elementary curriculum was selected because the curriculum is universally designed to meet the needs of all learners. 

Students move step-by-step through a goal-directed problem-solving process. This curriculum is also aligned with the Cambridge International Science Curriculum.

“When we were elected, your Government made a commitment to put our children, their education and future first.  We remain steadfast in that pledge to provide resources and funding to prepare our Bermudian youth for careers today and tomorrow,” he added.

STEAM Academy offered programmes in:

  • Performing Arts for P3-S3 Students AH! TEMPO, students are immersed in the multi-facets of the Arts creating a musical production. The students will experience daily instruction in dance, devising original drama, vocal styles, vocal technique, set building, costume and prop making
  • DIGIBOTICS – for P4-6 students in 21st Century learning experiences that develop some very important skill sets.  Students will engage daily in critical thinking, coding, programming, digital interfacing, collaboration, curiosity, ingenuity, hands-on robot design, global awareness and teamwork via web-based platforms
  • The Gaming Academy – Middle and Senior School students an intensive two week program designed to introduce passionate young game designers and developers to the methods and processes used by professional game makers throughout the world

Photos Courtesy of DCI