Caribbean animation club wants to connect STEAM with digital arts and animation using online platforms
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on June 16, 2020
Schooltoonz, a Caribbean organisation founded by entrepreneur David Martin, has established the Schooltoonz Animation Club, which provides training and workshops in the Caribbean region. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation is making the club’s activities and training digital for students in the Caribbean to access from the comfort of their homes.
“We have seized the opportunity to make the most of this crisis by bringing animation and digital arts products and training into the homes of our children,” the organisation expressed in a document shared with STEM Caribbean.
David told STEM Caribbean that the idea behind Schooltoonz Animation Club was to create an “enabling environment for Caribbean born children and teenagers,” where they would grow individually and professionally within the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) aspects of digital arts and animation.
“I have identified a dire need for young people in the Caribbean to be more involved in the digital creative industries, especially animation and multimedia production, as these skills are transportable and very much in demand,” David expressed.
The entrepreneur, passionate about the arts, has mentored and trained indigent youth in rural Jamaica. In addition to Jamaica, he has worked in Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a multimedia production and animation trainer.
He noted the impact of his work thus far informing STEM Caribbean that some of his former trainees and students have been successful with the creative skills gained. Some of the students’ notable achievements include winning film festivals and ranking in the top 10 performers of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Animation and Game Design exam.
Schooltoonz hopes to foster the development of creative stories and ideas through the Schooltoonz Animation Club initiative by eventually establishing clubs in every Caribbean country to provide training sessions and introductory workshops and host competitions. Also, the organisation aims to support initiatives focused on creative industries, sustainable economic solutions, and social, environmental, and climate activism.
Schooltoonz Animation Club will be hosting an online summer workshop from July 6 to July 30 this year for students aged 11 to 16. The cost for this workshop is $100USD per student.
Anyone interested in registering their children or sponsoring the event can contact SchoolToonz via WhatsApp at +1 (876) 802-3286 with the message #schooltoonzkidsclub or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.