The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society told Cayman 27 studying the stars can spark young people’s interest in science.
It’s giving brand new telescopes to nine schools. The hope is that giving young students a closer look at our planetary neighbors Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn can lead them into the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called “STEM” subjects.
“Astronomy is just one way of engaging the mind and getting them interested in science, and why do you want them to get interested in science? Our future world is dependent on technology,” said Chris Cooke, the president of the Astronomical Society.
Prospect Primary School, Cayman Prep and High School, Montessori by the Sea, Triple C, First Baptist, Savannah Primary, Clifton Hunter High School, and Grace Christian Academy all recieved telescopes in a ceremony Tuesday evening (14 June).
Layman Scott High School on Cayman Brac is expected to be presented its telescope on June 28th.