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NPEP sponsors STEM waste management summer camp for girls
By Fusion IMC
Jul 26, 2021 - 2:05:59 PM

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The New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) supports FEM STEM Bahamas’ two-week STEM Waste Management Summer Camp for girls, donating $3,500 to help facilitate the camp. Pictured left to right: Tyrhonda Glinton, FEM STEM President; Duhiza Swaby, NPEP Corporate Secretary. Photo Credit: Fincastle Media.

Nassau, Bahamas - The New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) announced its sponsorship of a two-week STEM Waste Management Summer Camp for girls ages thirteen to eighteen. The project-based camp, hosted by FEM STEM Bahamas, focuses on a number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines related to waste management including, sustainable manufacturing, aquaponics, biofuel & bioenergy, and the many career opportunities available in these fields.

According to Unesco, only thirty-five percent of STEM students in higher education are women. "NPEP is proud to deepen our relationship with FEM STEM and help bridge the gender gap in STEM by enlightening girls in The Bahamas of the educational and career opportunities they can explore," shared Ginny McKinny, NPEP Director.

FEM STEM, founded by Tyrhonda Glinton in 2019, provides more than 80 girls in The Bahamas with the fundamentals for self-growth and career development in STEM fields. The organization's project-based approach stimulates critical thinking, challenging its members to provide sustainable solutions for real-world environmental issues in their communities.

"This is a great opportunity to inspire high school girls to suggest solutions to improper waste management through repurposing organic and non-organic waste, policy creation, and technology," shared Glinton, FEM STEM President.

The camp enlightens students on a broad range of waste management areas, including:

  •     Climate Change & Waste Management
  •     Project Management & Communication
  •     Entrepreneurship
  •     3D Printing (Sustainable Manufacturing)
  •     Food Processing & Preservation
  •     Cosmetic Chemistry
  •     Aquaponics/ Aquaculture
  •     Biofuel & BioEnergy
  •     Waste Management Technology Systems

"We are committed to leading the movement toward more sustainable, environmentally friendly waste management practices throughout The Bahamas," shared NPEP's McKinny. "Engaging the youth to think critically about their environmental impact and how they can implement better practices for a more sustainable future is vital to achieving that mission."

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