The Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) Camp allowed a number of students to be exposed to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) during a week-long interactive experience with funding provided by Sun Oil Limited.
The mission of the camp co-founded by engineers Trenicka Rolle and D’André Wilson-Ihejirika is to use technical expertise to inspire and improve the country through a series of collaborative efforts that they hope would strengthen STEM education throughout the nation, create opportunities for engineers and address vital infrastructure issues.
Rolle said the excitement of participants, along with their persistent spirit, created the ideal environment for teaching and learning in the STEM field.
“When I see the students get excited, I am in awe of their curiosity and energy to learn. BETA Camp ignited a passion for science and math that we hope encourages participants to solve complex problems and challenges in the future,” said Rolle.
“Our mission speaks directly to creating opportunities for individuals to be inspired from throughout all islands of The Bahamas and we are grateful to all of our sponsors who help us to achieve this goal,” said Rolle. “We particularly value our partnership with Sun Oil Limited because throughout the past five years, they have sponsored participants from Family Islands including Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma and San Salvador. This makes a positive difference because kids from all of our islands are being exposed to careers in engineering that are vital to the sustainability of our nation.”
Through their partnership with Sun Oil, Rolle said they were hopeful that many of the BETA Camp participants will eventually fill the need for chemical and mechanical engineers within their organization and others too.
“Together, we can make a positive difference towards igniting a greater enthusiasm and investment of resources for student advancement and achievement in the STEM fields,” she said.
Andre Moss, engineering projects and health, safety, security and engineering manager at Sun Oil Limited, attended the BETA Camp participant final presentations. Moss described the camp as a forward-thinking and innovative approach towards nurturing the next generation of Bahamian engineers.
“At Sun Oil, we are invested in our community and recognize our responsibility to support initiatives that create opportunities for the next generation of Bahamian engineers. Through our leading role and visionary efforts to provide quality petroleum products, we seek to cultivate a stronger interest within the next generation of young men and women who will pursue their passions in the areas of science and technology. This subsequently improves the quality of life for Bahamians and affirms our organization’s commitment to fueling journeys that matter.”