Create Caribbean observes International Girls in ICT Day

Ahead of International Girls in ICT Day on Thursday April 27, Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College has collaborated with a number of institutions, including the Ministry of Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology, The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) and the Government of Dominica’s ICT Unit to raise awareness about the importance of girls and women working in fields related to information and communications technologies.

The Dominica State College students enrolled in Create Caribbean’s Research and Service Learning Internship have worked with staff of the Institute for a video entitled “Calling all Girls.” The video aims to show girls and young women the range of industries and activities that use ICT and to encourage them to take advantage of the benefits of technology, no matter what area in which they choose to study or work.

Director of Create Caribbean, Dr. Schuyler Esprit was excited about the students’ involvement in recognizing International Girls in ICT Day. She stated, “The potential of girls and young women in Dominica to make a significant contribution to national development cannot be overstated. Our goal at Create Caribbean is to engender and foster their interests in whatever fields they want to pursue but also to show them that they definitely belong in the fields of work and study, like ICT, where for too long they have been excluded. This video is one of the ways we want to change their perception of what’s possible.”  The video was written, directed and produced by the staff and students of Create Caribbean.

International Girls in ICT Day was designed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to the ITU, “International Girls in ICT Day, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider car​eers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year.​​​​​​”

Create Caribbean Inc. is a non-profit education focused organization that supports students and scholars in academic research, teaching and learning, with an emphasis on using digital technologies. We work to bridge academic excellence, tech empowerment and civic engagement to help build a better Caribbean.

For more information or to register, contact Create Caribbean Inc. at createcarib@gmail.com or by phone at (767) 225-4861.

Create Caribbean Inc. presents 2016 Create and Code Summer Tech Camp

June 15, 2016, Stockfarm, Dominica – Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College announces its Create and Code Summer Tech Camp for 2016. Create Caribbean Inc. aims to foster technological innovation and social change starting with Dominica’s youth.

Create and Code, “Technology for Education and Imagination,” is designed for children ages 7-14. At our “Create classroom” located at Dominica State College in Stockfarm, they delve into a creative oasis where they expand their knowledge of creative arts, social issues and digital literacy.

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The 2016 Create and Code, Summer Tech Camp officially begins on Monday 11, July 2016 and runs for two weeks ending on Friday 22, July 2016. During the course of these two weeks, the students will not only have fun interacting with various programming languages through child-friendly drag-and-drop programs. They also have an enjoyable time socializing with each other, the interns and staff.

Each day, students learn how to code in order to build apps, develop games, or design websites. Most importantly, they learn how to use the Internet in a responsible and positive way. The curriculum is designed to accommodate each child’s computer literacy level. The games, apps and websites built during the course of the summer tech camp highlight social issues within Dominica and the wider Caribbean in order to expose the students to relevant topics that affect their own lives. Some examples are animal preservation, climate change, recycling, career options and much more.

According to Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College “Coding is today’s language of creativity, all our children deserve a chance to become creators instead consumers of computer science.” In the ever changing digital world, learning to code is useful no matter what your goals in life are. Create and Code, summer tech camp therefore aims to unlock creativity and build confidence in the students regardless of age.

IMG_0100The students will be sorted using their digital literacy level; these young creators will be using these forms of coding to assist them in building their games, apps and websites during the course of the summer tech camp; Scratch M.I.T app inventor and HTML. Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. While, M.I.T app inventor is an innovative beginner’s introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks. For the more advanced students, HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) will be taught, this is the standard markup language used to create web pages. The Create Caribbean interns are well versed in all the coding platforms and will be readily available in times of need, to guide the students ensuring that each child grows and advances in the world of technology.

Students who grasp the digital literacy at a faster pace within this camp will be able to advance to next level if their instructor sees fit. Create and Code summer tech camp goal is to use the kids creativity to model games, websites and apps in their own image as these creators are the future. At the end of the Camp the students will have a deep understanding of the coding world and the essential knowledge to make a difference.

Students at Create and Code learn how to “think it all the way through” to explore their creativity and reasoning, and improve their problem solving skills. This summer tech camp is a stepping-stone for children who wish to become programmers or artists and innovators of any kind.

IMG_0055Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College is committed to reshaping our country and the world by exposing students to critical reasoning and problem solving skills within and beyond STEM fields. With their knowledge of coding and its application in creative expression, our children will be ready to face the world!

Create Caribbean Inc. is a non-profit education focused organization that supports students and scholars in academic research, teaching and learning, with an emphasis on using digital technologies. We work to bridge academic excellence, tech empowerment and civic engagement to help build a better Caribbean.

For more information or to register, contact Create Caribbean Inc. at createcarib@gmail.com or by phone at (767)225-4861 or (767)613-8731. You can also register at http://createcaribbean.org/code.

Create Caribbean welcomes Assistant Director

Hermancia Eugene, PhD Assistant Director
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Assistant Director

Create Caribbean Inc. is pleased to announce a new addition to its management team. The Research Institute at Dominica State College welcomes Dr. Hermancia Eugene as its Assistant Director, who will support the work of the Institute in the areas of research and academic program development.

Dr. Eugene completed her Ph.D in Molecular Virology Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Cameron University. She has authored multiple published chapters and journal articles including “Rhesus macaques vaccinated with consensus envelopes elicit partially protective immune responses against SHIV SF162p4 challenge”. After completing her graduate work, Dr. Eugene returned to the region in hopes of exposing our young people to the opportunities that she had for growth.

Dr. Eugene is currently a biology lecturer at Dominica State College (DSC). During her years at DSC, she has also been involved in student development outside of the classroom. She is presently the advisor for the Biology Club and assists with the Environmental Club and DSC Ambassadors. Dr. Eugene has also mentored students applying for Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. Her interest in student development has led to her being active in graduation and orientation committee and now she serves on the Academic Council of Dominica State College.

Dr. Eugene brings with her a wealth of scholarly experience in the natural sciences and public health, which will allow the Research Institute to expand its services in these areas of much-needed national development. Additionally, her previous work with mentorship programs makes her uniquely qualified to work closely with the Dominica State College student interns in Create Caribbean’s Research and Service Learning Program. As Assistant Director, Dr. Eugene now also holds the position of the Dominica State College representative on Create Caribbean’s Advisory Board, which consists of local and international scholars and practitioners of research and technology.

The Director, advisory board, staff and students of Create Caribbean Inc. enthusiastically welcome Dr. Eugene. We look forward to her contributions toward the Institute’s growth and its enhancement of the Dominica State College community.

Another day, another creator!

Despite the rainy start to the day, Create and Code kicked off its April one-day workshops and introduced its new characters and curriculum to a group of excited and dynamic students. The day was an intimate and productive exchange for this small and wide-eyed group of youngsters, who focused on game and mobile app building using MIT-developed software.

Take a look at the energy and excitement of our team and student participants…

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If you missed this Create and Code experience, the fun’s not over. Boys and girls can join the fun on Saturday, April 16 and there will be a special girls-only session on Saturday, April 23! Check out the new Create and Code portal to register online!

Create and Code is back for 2016!

Create and Code is back for 2016!

Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College presents the official start of the Create and Code technology education programme for 2016. Create Caribbean Inc. aims to foster technological innovation and social change starting with Dominica’s youth.

Create and Code, “Technology for Education and Imagination,” is designed for children ages 7-14. At our “Create classroom” located at Dominica State College in Stockfarm, they delve into a creative oasis where they expand their knowledge of creative arts, social issues and digital literacy. The 2016 return of Create and Code features two digital “mascots,” 8-Bit and Pixel, who will guide the students along their journey to be young creators of digital content.PIXEL&8BIT-Create Shirts_Transparent-01

The one-day workshop runs from 9am to 4pm on select Saturdays in April. For a small rate of only $35, students can enjoy the Create and Code experience on April 9 and 16. On April 23, Create and Code will host a special girls-only edition to recognize International Girls in ICT Day! On April 30, the Create Caribbean team will take the workshop on the road to support a special school community and help bridge the digital divide across Dominica.

Each Saturday, the kids learn how to code in order to build apps, develop games, or design websites. Most importantly, they learn how to use the Internet in a responsible way. The curriculum is designed to accommodate each child’s computer literacy level. The games, apps and websites built during the course of the programme highlight social issues within Dominica and the wider Caribbean in order to expose the students to relevant topics that affect their own lives. Some examples are bullying, climate change, tourism, crime prevention and much more.

According to Create Caribbean Director, Dr. Schuyler Esprit, “The goal is also to help the students see themselves and their concerns reflected in the art and technology they produce. Pixar and Disney film productions are great examples of the power of technology and creativity are fun places to learn life lessons, but Dominica’s children deserve spaces to reflect their own talents, hopes and dreams.”C&CFlyer_Updated

The children also strengthen their grasp of the evolving digital world when they work hand in hand with the student interns of Create Caribbean’s Research and Service Learning Programme, who are well equipped to help them master their knowledge of the various software, programs and apps. Participants in Create and Code also strengthen their teamwork and collaboration skills as they work in groups to design and build digital content.

Computer Science is becoming one of the most widely used disciplines in the world. At Create Caribbean’s Create and Code programme,  students are introduced to computer science in a fun and familiar way. Students at Create and Code learn how to “think it all the way through” to explore their creativity and reasoning, and improve their problem solving skills. This programme is a stepping-stone for children who wish to become programmers or artists and innovators of any kind. Create and Code will also hold its Summer Tech Camp in 2016, expected to run from July 4.

Create Caribbean Research Institute at Dominica State College is committed to reshaping our country and the world by exposing students to critical reasoning and problem solving skills within and beyond STEM fields. With their knowledge of coding and its application in creative expression, our children will be ready to face the world!

For more information or to register, contact Create Caribbean Inc. at createcarib@gmail.com or by phone at (767)225-4861 or (767)613-8731.

One Year Later: Thank You!

DSC_0742 copyJuly marks the official one-year anniversary of Create Caribbean’s operations in its partnership with the Dominica State College. This year has been an exciting and dynamic one. We’ve served the college, public and private sector, students and wider community through a number of initiatives and programs. Our Create and Code technology education curriculum is a gateway for young students into technology and coding, and into their future as college students in whatever field they want to pursue. We’ve completed 5 Create and Code activities, 4 digital media outreach sessions with other non-profits, 3 faculty workshops, 3 student workshops, 1 international student exchange program, recruited and maintained 10 DSC student interns (5 of whom are preparing for the workforce with new skills and networks, and we’ve begun and been commissioned for 6 academic/policy research projects. We want to thank every single person who has made this year possible – Dominica State College; Dominica National Petroleum Company; The Chronicle newspaper; DesignStudio;Nature Island Literary Festival; Ricardo’s Mechanical in NYC; Ministry of Information, Science, Telecommunications and Technology; Division of Culture; Dominica Public Library: Roseau and the Documentation Centre/National Archives; advisory board members, and every family, friend, student and parent of the Create Caribbean community who has contributed to the success of this first year. We’ve made it through some of our toughest challenges. We’re more than ready for greater success! From all of us to all of you, THANK YOU!

Create and Code Summer Tech Camp!

The summer is here and we’re sure you’re looking for something to occupy your children’s time and attention. Join Create Caribbean Research Institute for the Create and Code Summer Tech Camp, a week-long program where they will learn how to code to build games, apps and websites. Students will apply their knowledge of a number of programming languages to design tech products for social awareness, on a range of issues of importance to their schools, their neighborhoods and the wider Dominica community.

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Sign your kids up today on our Create and Code page. Reserve your spot by paying early and registering at the Roseau Public Library!

High School Students jam with Mas Que Nada

Watch this footage of the fun impromptu performance that many of Dominica’s high school musicians got to experience with Western Michigan University’s Afro-latin and Brazilian jazz band, Mas Que Nada. The performance was part of a music workshop held during the week of WMU’s academic and cultural exchange hosted here in Dominica by Create Caribbean.

Create Caribbean hosts Western Michigan University’s Mas Que Nada

From May 17 – 25, students from the Jazz Studies Program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, USA immersed in Dominican culture, music and Caribbean living. Create Caribbean Research Institute had the honour of partnering with WMU’s band Mas Que Nada (MQN) as part of the Jazz and Creole Exchange Program, which culminated in the band’s performance at one of Dominica’s major festivals, Jazz n’ Creole, on Sunday May, 24.

Members of the band got to experience first-hand the traditional musical sounds of Dominica, with Jing Ping tutorials (including dance lessons) provided by the Flamboyant Cultural Group of Dublanc, and later learned African drumming techniques from cultural practitioners, RasMo Moses and Gregory Rabess. MQN also got to attend some of the fringe events of the Jazz n’ Creole week, including a film screening of the 2004 production of Martinique, Biguine, which tells the story of the blending of African/Creole folk and traditional French musical sounds during the late 19th Century.

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Mas Que Nada invested in true academic exchange by providing performance workshops to high school students and other organized bands in classical and jazz techniques. In attendance over the two days of workshops were students from Convent High School, Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, St. Mary’s Academy, Dominica Cadet Corps Band, Music Lovers Government Band and Marie School of Music. Students of the Dominica Institute of Fine Arts were also treated to an opening performance by the band at their end-of-year ceremony.

Besides the academic and performance aspects of their trip, band members got an opportunity to luxuriate in Dominica’s natural beauty, with visits to Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge, Scotts Head, Champagne snorkelling, Botanic Gardens, and of course, the Cabrits National Park where they opened the main stage Jazz n Creole event on Sunday, May 24.

Create Caribbean Inc. would like to thank all of its sponsors and partners in making the trip a success:

  • Discover Dominica Authority
  • Division of Culture
  • Youth Development Division
  • Flamboyant Cultural Group
  • Chez Ophelia
  • St. Aimee’s Guest House
  • Banana Tree Bar and Grill
  • Sheppee’s Tours

 

New One-Day Workshop for Create and Code

The Create Caribbean team is at it again, bringing a one-day workshop just for building apps to your kids. Join us on May 9 for the experience of using HTML, Javascript, and Ruby to learn how to build web and mobile applications. The registration fee is only $35.

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Look out for more information on our summer coding programs beginning in July!