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Posted Dec 6, 2013
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December 5, 2013

 
Third Annual CSF Workshop Raises Awareness of STEM Applications in Caribbean

Georgetown, Guyana - In a packed conference room at the Grand Coastal Hotel, enthusiastic professionals from the Region and the Diaspora, and students and teachers from Guyana gathered on December 2-3, 2013 to discuss how "Stimulating Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering" can be promoted to help diversify the economies of the Caribbean. The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in collaboration with the Guyana Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation organized the Workshop. The CSF was established in 2010 as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization whose mission is to assist with the diversification of the Region's economies by promoting education reform in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship.

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        Participants at the Workshop Prof. Winston Mellowes
engaging students
Students preparing for
microscience experiments



The Hon. Samuel Hinds (Prime Minister of Guyana) opened the Workshop, and both he and the Hon. Priya Manickchand (Minister of Education, Guyana) highlighted the importance of harnessing science and technology for the development of the Region.  Collaboration and cooperation across institutions and sectors throughout the Region, and networking with the Diaspora were mentioned frequently as key to facilitating science and technology advances. The recent approval of Guyana's National Science and Technology policy was highlighted by Mr. Navin Chandarpal (Science and Technology Advisor to the President of Guyana) as a national milestone in elevating awareness of the importance of STEM education reform. Dr. Chelston Brathwaite (Barbados Ambassador Designate to China, and Director General Emeritus of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) focused on the importance of food security, the expanded agricultural sector, and the need for the Region to produce more of the food it consumes.

Many students and teachers from high schools in Guyana participated in the Workshop, with the students posing some of the most difficult questions to the speakers. The students, under the supervision of Ms. Petal Jetoo of the Ministry of Education of Guyana and her team of Guyanese scientists, also carried out experiments using microscience kits provided by UNESCO. The students had nothing but praise for this hands-on learning experience.

CSF programs such as the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge and the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) were featured, with three Guyanese students speaking about their recent experiences in these programs. Also covered were STEM curriculum and modernization updates, with the primary objective of making science fun for the students.  Teaching with examples drawn from local resources and needs, inquiry-based science approaches, the scientific method, and the use of digital e-learning were emphasized.  The need for more national science fairs, math Olympiads and science museums was also stressed. The vast range of career options in the STEM disciplines was the subject of a career panel. The requirements for the launch of a high-tech electronics start-up company were demystified with examples showing how, in the Internet era, the materials and components needed could be sourced worldwide from a desktop. The critical need for execution to bring ideas to fruition was emphasized. 

The 2013 CSF Distinguished Service Awards went to Prof. Maya Trotz of the Univ. of South Florida, Ms. Petal Jetoo of the Ministry of Education of Guyana, Sagicor Financial Corporation, and Sagicor Life Caribbean. Key sponsors of the Workshop included the Caribbean Examinations Council, the Organization of American States, the Canadian government, UNESCO and Sagicor. 

Individuals or organizations interested in supporting CSF projects may donate at http://caribbeanscience.org/donation/ or send inquiries to Professor Cardinal Warde (warde.csf@gmail.com).



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Posted Oct 9, 2012
Over 120 students and teachers from Grenada, plus lecturers, scientists, entrepreneurs and government officials from the Caribbean Region and the Caribbean Diaspora gathered on 5, 6 October 2012 at the Grenada Grand Beach Hotel Conference Centre in St. George's, Grenada to discuss how science, engineering and innovation can be promoted to help diversify the Region's economies. The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in collaboration with the Caribbean Diaspora for Science Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) organized the conference. The CSF was established in 2010 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization to assist with the diversification of the economies of the Region by promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) education reform, and stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship. 2012 CSF Workshop composite Photo.jpg The workshop was opened by the Hon. Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of Grenada. Under the theme, "Stimulating Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Engineering within the Caribbean," the workshop's main message was that science and technology based entrepreneurship is critical for the economic development of the Region, and . . . . . Read the full press release at the link below Press Release-2012 CSF Workshop Conclusion 9OCT12.pdf
Posted Nov 26, 2011

CADSTI and CSF held their first annual Workshop on November 18-20, 2011 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The theme of the Workshop was "Mobilizing the Diaspora for Caribbean Development Through Science, Technology and Innovation". See the press release of the Workshop below:
Press Release of the 2011 CADSTI-CSF Workshop