For the second consecutive summer, the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. will be hosting its Queen’s College Summer Math Institute (QCSMI) for two weeks beginning on July 17th, 2017 and ending on July 28th, 2017 at Queen's College in Georgetown, Guyana. The QCSMI will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with daily lunch and snacks provided at no cost to participating students.
The target group of this enrichment program is rising third and fourth form students from Queen’s College, Tutorial High School, Bishops’ High School, and Saint Stanislaus College.
The QCSMI aims to sustainably implement a developmentally–appropriate and culturally resonant middle school learning environment that engages Guyanese students in a cognitively rich mathematics learning experience that affirms and aligns with their cultural and social identities and places them securely on pathways to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) excellence. The program uses a developmentally appropriate approach that combines significant mathematical content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about math through problem solving and exploration.
The objectives of the QCSMI are to:
- Attract high school students in Georgetown Guyana to mathematical sciences and to motivate them to excel in the subject,
- Introduce high school students and their parents to the notion of mathematics as theory.
- Sensitize students and their parents to futures linked with mathematics, including but not limited to careers as mathematicians, math educators, research scientists, computer scientists, economists or business leaders.
A number of field trips are planned as complementary activities which are integral to the QCSMI experience. Among these are trips to GuySuCo’s Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, The University of Guyana's Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Guyana's Tain campus, and Banks DIH Ltd. The field trips are intended to demonstrate the use of mathematical principles in real-world scenarios. Additionally, local professionals in STEM-based disciplines will speak with students about STEM career options.
This year’s program is made possible through sponsorships from JHI Associates of Guyana and Queen’s College alumnus, Dr. Edris Dookie. Air travel sponsorship is being provided by Fly Jamaica Airways; beverages are provided by Banks DIH Ltd; and mathematics-based software is being provided by Maplesoft.
This year, like the founding year 2016, the program will be led by mathematician, Dr. Terrence Blackman, Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Blackman will be joined by Cleveland Waddell, Doctoral Candidate in Applied Mathematics at North Carolina State University and former Queen’s College alumnus. Their efforts will be supported by Karen Wharton, President of QCAANY and systems engineer at Thomson Reuters; and Shindy Johnson, QCAANY member, science educator, teacher trainer, and author of “Learning about Science Volumes I and II”, a textbook for adult learners in South Africa; Ede Tyrell, Queen’s College alumna and University of Guyana lecturer who specializes in Microbiology in the Department of Medical Technology of the Faculty of Health Sciences; Delon Ogle, Queen’s College teacher and chair of the Agriculture department; Shannon Woodruffe, Queen’s College 2017 Valedictorian, as well as other Queen’s College friends and supporters.