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STEM CARIB
Conference 2019

October 8-11, 2019

Allison Smith

Computing and ICT HOS,
Cayman Prep & High School

Allison Smith was born and raised in Jamaica. She earned a B. Sc. in Computer Science (2001), D. Ed. in Science (2002) and M. Ed. in Administration (2011) while attending the University of the West Indies. She moved to the Cayman Islands in 2004. Allison has taught Computing and Science in secondary schools for almost 20 years. Allison is currently, the Head of Computing and a Robotics Coach in the Cayman Prep and High School. She introduced Robotics to the CPHS students in 2010. Her robotics program started with 14 KS3 students but, with the aid of a Joanna Clarke Excellence in Education grant (2012) and Dart sponsorship (2018), the program currently cates for over 150 students in KS3, KS4 & KS5. Robotics is a key component in the Computing curriculum offered in Cayman Prep and High School and is extended into their afterschool club. Allison's students have competed in and won numerous FIRST Lego League championships in the United States over the years. Her junior robotics team was invited to the FLL World Championship Festival in Houston in April 2019. While her senior robotics team claim victory in the local FTC competition in alliance with CIS in May 2019. Allison was awarded FLL Mentor of the Year twice, first in 2012 and then in 2019. Her Robotics Club was featured in Cayman First Classroom of the month (February 2019). Allison continues to promote STEM in both private and public schools through the incorporation of Robotics in our schools’ curriculum. Allison believes that technology such as robotics can make learning more engaging and fun for students so teachers should not shy away from technology. Her motto is "Teachers and students learn together so that they can lead the technological revolution". 

Sessions

(E3): First Robotics
Breakout
10 October 2019 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

Hear firsthand from the National Robotics Team about their journey to the world stage of robotics this October, when they will compete in the FIRST Global Challenge in Dubai, UAE. The students qualified for nomination to the National Team following their participation in the “Rover Ruckus” FIRST Technical Challenge inter-school robotics tournament. Meet the 11 students who were chosen to represent the Cayman Islands and hear their story of designing and building the robot and upcoming trip.

Presented with Mr. Von Ryan Abrantes and Ms. Glenda McTaggart