Projects

The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and Scotiabank will be partnering to initiate a pilot coding camp in Barbados beginning in October 2017 and running semi-monthly. The coding camp is still in the planning phase, but the targeted age group is expected to be between 13 and 17 years of age, with hopefully an equal participation of girls and boys. More details, including application forms, will be posted here around the end of August 2017.

FOR STUDENTS

Quick Facts

  • The student application deadline for SPISE 2017 is March 31, 2017. The program runs from July 15 to August 13, 2017.
  • SPISE uses the facilities of the Barbados Campus of the University of the West Indies
  • Students live in the dorms on the Barbados Campus of UWI
  • SPISE is not designed for the average student. Only students passionately interested in science and engineering and willing to work diligently for the 4 weeks should apply.
  • SPISE is free of cost to the students (except possibly round travel to Barbados). The cost per student is US$ 6,000, provided by generous donations from individual and corporate sponsors.
  • A brief one-page description of SPISE can be found here

Before filling out an application, be sure to read the full SPISE Program Description below, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SPISE

Student Application Forms

Students applying to the program will need to:

  • Fill out the application form below and provide all the materials requested within it. A WORD file (for electronic completion) is provided below, as well as a PDF version.
  • Provide the appropriate requests for recommendations below to their: (a) School Principal or Guidance Counselor, (b) a current Math Teacher, and (c) a current Science Teacher.

SPISE 2017 Student Application Form.doc

SPISE 2017 Student Application Form.pdf

Request for Recommendation GC or Principal.pdf

SPISE 2017 Request for Recommendation Science and Math Teachers.pdf

Applicants who move on to the second step of the admissions process may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS

A flyer describing the open Teaching Assistant positions can be viewed here.

Applications for SPISE Teaching Assistants (TAs) are provided below in WORD and PDF formats. The TA positions are open until filled. TAs are expected to be familiar with the details of the program, and, therefore, before applying, should read:(a) the Program Description, (b) the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above, and (c) "What SPISE Teaching Assistants should know" (at the end of the application form).

SPISE 2017 TA Application Form.doc

SPISE 2017 TA Application Form.pdf

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Applications for SPISE Instructors are provided below in WORD and PDF formats. The Instructor positions are open until filled. Instructors are expected to be familiar with the details of the program, and, therefore, before applying, should read: (a) the Program Description, (b) the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above, and (c) "What SPISE Instructors should know" (at the end of the application form).

SPISE 2017 Instructor Application Form.doc

SPISE 2017 Instructor Application Form.pdf

FOR SPONSORS

Sponsors from as many different countries as possible are invited to join in support of the program. Sponsors may opt to designate support for students from specific countries. Each student is branded as a scholar of their sponsor. The cost per student is US$ 6,000 plus round-trip airfare between the student's country and Barbados. The US$ 6,000 covers student housing, meals, stipends for the instructors and teaching assistants, and partial costs of lab equipment and supplies. The CSF supplies the sponsors with interim and final updates on the performance of their students and assists the sponsor by providing reports, photos and other materials to showcase their corporate social responsibility.

SPISE Sponsors To Date

The CSF expresses its gratitude to each and every one of its SPISE sponsors and partners, for both cash and in-kind donations, since the inception of the program. The complete list of SPISE sponsors by year from 2012 to present can be viewed here

Program Description: Rationale and Goals

Here, first, is a link to a video, filmed and produced by Lillie Paquette and Andrei Ivanov of the MIT Sea Grant program that describes the SPISE: Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering 2012. Next is a SPISE 2013 video courtesy of the Bajan Reporter: US Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean visits SPISE 2013

The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program for gifted Caribbean high-school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The goal is to help address the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering, and to groom the next generation of science, engineering technology and business leaders in the Region. The CSF firmly believes that the next "Google" can be started here in the Caribbean by one of these students, and just one such company would supply all the able-bodied persons in one of our smaller countries with high-paying jobs.

TishIsaureLiamZackSorayah Tank.jpg Students who gain admission to SPISE are among the top scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the Region. SPISE aims to nurture and support this kind of rare talent in our youth, and to encourage them to stay in the STEM disciplines and consider technology entrepreneurship as a career option so that opportunities for future technology job creation in the Region will not be lost. The Region needs to create more technology companies and more high-paying technology jobs that bring in foreign exchange so we do not fall further behind in the global economic race. Furthermore, since it appears that we are transferring this huge economic development responsibility to the next generation, it is imperative that we invest now in the preparation of these youngsters for the challenges ahead. A list of students by country who have participated in previous SPISE classes (2012 - 2015), their class photos, plus news and summaries of the activities of previous classes can be found in the SPISE Archives.

SPISE is one of CSF's initiatives with the long-term goal of helping to diversify the economies of the Region by stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship within the Region. The program is based at the CSF headquarters, which are located on the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies. Key important partners of SPISE are the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, and the CXC.

SPISE Culture and Environment

SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT (web.mit.edu/mites) for which Professor Cardinal Warde serves as the Faculty Director. Professor Warde also functions as the Faculty Director of SPISE. Dr. Dinah Sah, Senior Vice President of Neuroscience at Voyager Therapeutics, is the Director of SPISE.

SPISE strives for a balanced class of 50% girls and boys. SPISE students study university-level calculus, physics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship and humanities. In addition, they undertake hands-on, innovative experimental projects involving robotics, computer programming and electronics. The humanities (Caribbean Unity) and foreign language (Mandarin) courses are designed to sharpen the students' communication skills and to highlight the global connectedness of the world in which we live.

SPISE instructors include university professors and Dr. Tony Rossomando with students in Biochem Lab.jpg lecturers from the Region and the Diaspora, senior management professionals from leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. SPISE students are also exposed to and coached by role models from the Diaspora and the Region on career paths and choices, and after SPISE, assisted with their applications to universities and to internship opportunities in research centers in the Region and abroad. These instructors and role models bring unique expertise and perspectives to the students, as well as important networking connections.

SPISE is a learning environment in which students are trained to think critically and to develop analytical and logical problem-solving approaches in several disciplines. Rote learning is discouraged. The focus is on understanding the concepts and fundamental principles in each discipline, and to gain enough mastery to apply these fundamentals to find solutions to complex problems that have not been encountered before. Grades, though important, are not emphasized. Similarly, although arriving at the correct answer to a given problem is important, it is the analytical and logical thinking, the methodology and the problem-solving approach that are most highly valued, as getting these right will lead to correct answers every time. Students are judged on their self-improvement during the program.

SPISE provides a risk-free learning environment in which students are encouraged to have no fear, insecurity or hesitation in asking questions. That is, there is no penalty for statements such as "I do not know" or "I do not understand", and there is no such thing as a stupid question. Since there is no competition between students, students naturally help each other to learn and understand the material, and are continually encouraged to do so.

spise2.jpgTeamwork is yet another essential component of the SPISE experience, as all of the projects (robotics, electronics, computer programming, and entrepreneurship) require students to work in groups, and to design and fabricate modules, components and systems that will be showcased to the public at the end of the program.Each student participates in two of the project areas with the understanding that the project goal, and not individual egos, must take top priority. Furthermore, we teach efficient study habits and time-management skills, so that the students learn how to make the best use of their time. Such skills will be particularly useful for handling the heavy course and work load in university life and life in general. Thus, the students build self-confidence in their ability to be successful in a highly demanding academic environment. Elize-Erica Qilee Lauren.JPG

SPISE is NOT a summer camp. Students in the SPISE are intensively immersed in science, engineering, entrepreneurship, the humanities and Mandarin for all 4 weeks, and have about 5 hours of homework each night. No classes can be dropped, and students are expected to stay in the SPISE for the entire duration of the program. Each student is challenged just outside his/her comfort zone, and expected to give his/her best effort. The core courses (calculus, physics and biochemistry) have diagnostic exams at the beginning and the end of the program so that the Instructors can measure their teaching effectiveness as well as the improvement of each student. Teaching Assistants reside in the dormitories with the students so that assistance with coursework and general supervision are available 24/7 to the young students.

Consistent with the mission of the CSF to assist with the diversification of the economy of Caribbean countries, SPISE by design is more geared to assisting students interested in science and engineering than students interested in other disciplines such as medicine. Thus, while students interested in pursuing careers in medicine may apply, admissions preference will be given to students interested in science and engineering careers, all other factors being equal. As shown in the Table below, SPISE has served 85 students from 15 Caribbean territories since 2012.

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SPISE culminates on the last day of the program with student project presentations that are open to the public. For the robotics, electronics and computer programming projects, each team first gives an oral presentation of their hands-on project before demonstrating the workings of their project. Entrepreneurship is also showcased during the presentations in which student teams pitch their business plans to the audience for investment. At this final event, student teams also get to show off their skills with Mandarin before the public. Sponsors and parents are urged to attend and cheer for their students.

Benefits of Attending SPISE

  • Build self-confidence in general and specifically in the STEM disciplines
  • Learn how to assimilate the fundamentals (vs rote learning), think critically and develop analytical and logical problem-solving approaches in various disciplines
  • Participate in a hands-on engineering project as part of a team
  • Learn the value of teamwork and to be a team player
  • Learn the essentials of making a business plan, and how to pitch it to investors
  • Improve study habits and time management skills
  • Get a taste of the pace and pressure of university life and become better prepared for it
  • Meet experts in various science and engineering fields who can act as role models and give career guidance
  • Learn about STEM-based career options that you may have never considered before
  • Become eligible for STEM internships in the Region, U.S. and Canada
  • Receive help with the U.S. university application process and financial aid strategies
  • Learn how to write a CV that is an effective and compelling representation of you
  • Acquire new friends, increase your social network across the Caribbean, and create networking opportunities that may be beneficial in the future
  • Learn more about neighboring islands through fellow participants
  • Gain the experience of living away from home and being responsible for self

We often say to our SPISE students: "continue to seize those STEM opportunities that place you just outside your comfort zone, and you will find your path to success." Students who complete the SPISE attend some of the best science and engineering universities in the world. SPISE students are now attending top universities such as MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Florida Institute of Technology, Univ. North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Macalister College,Trent University, Univ. College London, St. Mary's University, and UWI.

We track the SPISE students into university and beyond, and we continually encourage them to stay immersed in stimulating, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial STEM research environments.

What students and parents have to say about SPISE

SPISE 2014 graduate:
"Overall, the SPISE Program was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was it a fantastic educational opportunity, but it was also an experience that granted me with a chance to learn a bit more about myself and what I could achieve. The program pushed me to my limit and as a result, I was able to emerge with a greater confidence in ability to approach new problems and situations."
SPISE 2013 graduate:
"An amazing opportunity where I could acquire such valuable knowledge ...SPISE has caused me to grow, not only in academics, but as individual. ... I count the opportunity as a blessing and hope that other students will get the chance to experience SPISE."
SPISE 2012 graduate:
"I can attribute the present direction of my life to the CSF...'
'I genuinely believe that my experience there contributed greatly ... and certainly raised my academics
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SPISE 2013 graduate:
"Attending SPISE has tremendously impacted my life and although almost two years have passed, my experience is still etched in my mind as though it occurred yesterday."
SPISE 2013 graduate:
"SPISE has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I hope it will also be a wakeup call for the other students in this program."
SPISE 2013 graduate:
"I have been selected for the 2014 Island Scholar Award ...I must say that attending SPISE really contributed to my achievement"
Parent of SPISE 2014 graduate:
"What the SPISE family, and it is a family, is doing for our young people personally and academically in the pursuit of excellence is unparalleled."
Parent of SPISE 2015 graduate:
"I am proud that he faced the challenge head on- he conquered some fears as well. This is truly an awesome program."
Parent of SPISE 2012 graduate:
"Thank you again for your nurturing. You will never know how those few weeks that summer served to make a talented boy, a focused young man."

Ms. Obe Joseph, the SPISE 2013 US-Embassy-for-Barbados-and-the-Eastern-Caribbean Scholar, was requested by her former high school, Convent High School, to write an approximately 1500 word piece on her experiences at SPISE 2013. Here it is:
My SPISE Experience - by Obe Joseph.pdf

Ms. Ashley Anthony was in the SPISE 2015 class. What she has to say about SPISE can be found at http://guyanatimesgy.com/student-programme-for-innovation-in-science-and-engineering-spise/ or
Ashley Anthony-SPISE-Guyana Times-27Jul2016.pdf.

Student Selection Process

1.   Applications are first triaged for noncompliance with the eligibility criteria stated above in this SPISE Program Description (age, citizenship, missing application items such as letters of recommendation, essays, etc).

2.   Applications meeting the eligibility criteria are then sent off to reviewers (about 30 in total) residing in the Caribbean Region and the Diaspora.  These individuals are typically university professors and lecturers, and business professionals.

3.   Reviewers are briefed by the CSF Director or the CSF Assistant Director and given written guidelines as to the characteristics that the CSF is looking for in the ideal SPISE student. Reviewers are asked to rank the candidates on a scale of 1 to 4 using the guidelines and the criteria in the SPISE Program Description above.

4.   Reviewers are not allowed to review applications from students in their country, or students who they know, or students whose parents they know. In short, we do not allow parents, schools or even sponsors to be involved in choosing SPISE students for admission to the program.

5.   Using the above criteria as a guide, the reviewers are divided into subcommittees of about 3-6 persons each, with each subcommittee reading the same set of applications.  That is, each student is scored by at least 3 different reviewers.

6.   Each subcommittee is asked to collaborate and recommend a roughly 50/50 mix of boys and girls and to arrive at a consensus of their top 4 candidates.

7.   Using the list of top-ranked students provided by the subcommittees, students are then matched with sponsors from their country, and admitted to the SPISE.  Each admitted student is branded as the scholar of his/her sponsor.

8.   Students recommended for admission who do not yet have sponsors are wait-listed pending sponsorship.

9.   If there are too many sponsors from a particular country, the CSF will request that a sponsor(s) consider supporting a student from a different country.

10.   The exact size of the final SPISE class depends on how many sponsors commit to support before the SPISE starts.

SPISE Brochures

For anyone wishing to help us advertise the SPISE program, please find below three documents that you may circulate electronically or print out in hard copy. Please feel free to print and distribute as many copies as you need. We thank you for your efforts!

A. One Page Summary
SPISE One-Page Summary

B. Print Version of SPISE Brochure
This three-panel print version of the SPISE Brochure is designed for double side printing on one sheet of letter-size paper followed by two folds to convert it to a hard copy of the brochure.

C. Screen-friendly Version of SPISE Brochure
This screen-friendly version of the SPISE Brochure contains the same information as the above print version, except that the panels are in the normal order.

Further Information

Please contact Prof. Cardinal Warde (warde.csf@gmail.com or 1-617-699-1281) with your questions about the program and about student sponsorship. Also, please be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) above for further details.

 

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2016 Barbados Junior Robotics Camps

The 2016 Level I Junior Robotics Camp ran from 4 July 2016 to 5 August 2016. Twenty students participated in the camps. The Level II camp ran from 5 July 2016 to 5 August 2016. Fifteen of the 21 student who participated in the 2015 Level I camp returned to participate in the 2016 Level II camp.

A set of photographs from the 2016 camps is displayed below.

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2015 Barbados Junior Robotics Camp

The inaugural (pilot) Level I version of the camp was offered in the summer of 2015, and 21 students participated in the camp. A final report on the activities and highlights of the inaugural 2015 Junior Robotics Camp is available at the link below: FinalReport2015BarbadosJRC.pdf

A video clip made by Mr. Hallam Hope, a member of the Robotics Camp planning Committee, showing the students at work in the 2015 camp can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgTHA5JPiqA.

A set of photographs from the 2015 camp is displayed below.

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2015_students_programming_robots_2.JPG Students _demonstrating_robot_to_Prof. Warde.JPG


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These archives contain a set of videos, news links, photos and press releases from earlier SPISE classes.

A list of the students by country who have participated in SPISE during 2012 - 2015 can be found here.

Special SPISE Videos

Here are links to two videos. The first, filmed and produced by Lillie Paquette and Andrei Ivanov of the MIT Sea Grant program that describes the SPISE:
Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering 2012
The second is a SPISE 2013 video courtesy of the Bajan Reporter:
US Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean visits SPISE 2013


The two links below showcase the two St. Lucian students who participated in SPISE 2012. The first is attributed to their sponsors, LUCELEC and Light & Power Holdings, and the second to DBS Television:
LUCELEC internship
DBS TV SPISE 2012 report

Here is an SAT news report on Aug. 23, 2013 with an interview of Nyana George and Obe Joseph, both of whom are SPISE 2013 US-Embassy-for Barbados-and-the-Eastern-Caribbean Scholars:
Nyana George and Obe Joseph Interview (starts 11/2 minutes into the clip).


SPISE 2016

SPISE 2016 ran from July 16 to Aug 13. Nineteen students from eight countries participated in the program (Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). The students were selected from 48 applicants. The students lived in the Frank Worrell Halls of residence on the UWI Cave Hill Campus.

In SPISE 2016, the computer programming language, python, was added to the curriculum. As in previous years, the curriculum included university-level calculus (levels I and II), physics (levels I & II), biochemistry, entrepreneurship, Caribbean Unity, Mandarin, underwater robotics and electronics. In 2015, the electronics course had a renewable energy focus, with teams of students designing and constructing wind turbines that converted wind power to AC electrical power. The robotics, electronics, computer programming and entrepreneurship projects were showcased by student teams to a public audience on the last day of the program.
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Students
Avery Barnett, St. Andrew, Jamaica - SPISE 2016 Linda Su-Nan Chang Sah Scholar
Demar Edwards, Manchester, Jamaica - SPISE 2016 Peloton International Scholar
Sana Fairman, St. Augustine, Trinidad - SPISE 2016 Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Planning & Development Scholar
Jonathan Farnum, St. Michael, Barbados - SPISE 2016 Central Bank of Barbados Scholar
Laura Garavito-Martinez, St. Augustine, Trinidad - SPISE 2016 Linda Su-Nan Chang Sah Scholar
Patrice Gill, St. Peter, Barbados - SPISE 2016 Sandy Lane Charitable Trust Scholar
Kedell Guevara, San Fernando, Trinidad - SPISE 2016 Friends of Trinidad & Tobago Scholar
Loïc Michel, Fort-de-France, Martinique - SPISE 2016 CTM Scholar
Reshul Narhari, Gros Islet, St. Lucia - SPISE 2016 Emera Caribbean Scholar
Kieran Neath, Kingston, Jamaica - SPISE 2016 PETNA Foundation Scholar
Tyler Neath, Kingston, Jamaica - SPISE 2016 CADSTI-NE Scholar
Keeghan Patrick, Gros Islet, St. Lucia - SPISE 2016 Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Scholar
Dion Recai, Dennery, St. Lucia - SPISE 2016 LUCELEC Scholar
Kyra Richards, St. George, Dominica - SPISE 2016 DOMLEC Scholar
Shergaun Roserie, Castries, St. Lucia - SPISE 2016 Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Scholar
Abigail Scott, St. George, St. Vincent - SPISE 2016 Kerosene Lamp Foundation Scholar
Arianna Stephenson, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica - SPISE Caribbean Development Bank Scholar
Emmanuel Sylvester, Kingston, Jamaica - SPISE 2016 Caribbean Development Bank Scholar
Shannon Woodroffe, Georgetown, Guyana - SPISE 2016 Guyana Ministry of Education Scholar

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Teaching Assistants
Ms. Anya James (Head TA), St. Lucia - Physics I & Robotics
Ms. Albertina Alfred, Dominica - Physics II & Calculus I
Mr. Aldair Gongora, Belize - Renewable Energy & Calculus II
Mr. Mark Cui, USA - Computer Programming, Entrepreneurship & Mandarin
Mr. Kinchit Markan, USA - Biochemistry

Instructors

Calculus

Robotics & Electronics         

Mr. Patrick Barrett, St. Lucia

Mr. Stephen Mendes, Barbados

Mr. Duaine Lewis, Barbados

Dr. Ramon Sargeant, Barbados

Physics                  

Entrepreneurship

Dr. Carlos Hunte, Barbados

Mr. Jeremy Stephen, Barbados

Prof. Tane Ray, Barbados

Mr. Chris Harper, Barbados

Biochemistry         

Mandarin             

Dr. Tony Rossomando, Massachusetts, USA

Ms. Yajun Chen, China

Dr. Dinah Sah, Massachusetts, USA

Humanities

Computer Programming

Mr. Orlando Marville, Barbados

Mr. David Thorpe, USA

 



SPISE 2015

SPISE 2015 ran from July 18 to Aug 15. Eighteen students from ten countries lived at the Frank Worrell Halls of residence at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, and were supervised, guided and mentored by six teaching assistants, who also lived there for the duration of the program.


SPISE-2015-Class-Photo.jpgAs in previous years, the curriculum included university-level calculus (levels I and II), physics (levels I & II), biochemistry, entrepreneurship, Caribbean Unity, Mandarin, underwater robotics and electronics. In 2015, the electronics course had a renewable energy focus, with teams of students designing and constructing wind turbines that converted wind power to AC electrical power. The robotics, electronics and entrepreneurship projects were showcased by the student teams to a public audience on the last day of the program.

Students were not only exposed to the rigorous curriculum, but also benefited from career seminars, a CV workshop, and a workshop on U.S. university applications.

See SPISE 2015 Photo Gallery below:
SPISE 2015 photos-archive.pdf

A press release from the conclusion of the SPISE 2015 program can be found here. More information can be found int the following links and documents:
CDB supports science and technology programme for region's youth

SPISE 2015 comes to a close

CDB backing science education project

Go into engineering but give back-Barbados Advocate 15AUG2015.pdf

SPISE encourages youth-Barbados Advocate 16AUG2015.pdf

Jamaican student excels in regional science programme

Erica Virgo in Youth Link Magazine.pdf


SPISE 2014

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A press release summarizing the activities of SPISE 2014 can be found here.. Additional information about SPISE 2014 can be found in the links and documents below:

SHAMONE FINE - A STEM AMBASSADOR- CDB Website 9-17-14

CDB and SPISE 2014 9-12-14

Young Anguillan, Shamar Gaskin, Inspired by SPISE Summer Programme 9-8-14

22 SPISE 2014 Superstar Students Graduate- Bajan Reporter 8-22-14

Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE)- Central Bank of Barbados 8-21-14

LUCELEC SPISE Scholarship Recipient Continues to Excel 8-21-14

As A Former CXC Registrar Urges Bajans To Get Into Agriculture, Tv Series Inspire Belizean Student For Science: Benefits Of SPISE 2014 By Caribbean Science Foundation- Bajan Reporter 8-3-14

CCI Sponsors SPISE 2014 Scholar 7-24-14

Value of science and technology underscored- Barbados Advocate 7-21-14

SPISE 2014 REPORT- ABSTV10 7-17-14

CGX Energy presented a sponsorship cheque- Stabroek News 6-31-14

Exceptional QC students for prestigious Science and Engineering Programme- Kaieteur News 6-28-14

2010 P.S.E. Top Scorers accepted into regional SPISE Program- Channel5 Belize 5-8-14




SPISE 2013

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The highlights of SPISE 2013 are summarized in PRESS RELEASE SPISE 2013.pdf. Other links and documents related to SPISE 2013 are given below:

Antiguan Attends Brilliant Student Programme- Antigua Chronicle 27Aug2013.pdf

Guyanese Among 16 Graduates of CSF Programme- Guyana Times 25Aug2013.pdf

Guyanese among 16 graduates of Caribbean science programme- Guyana Times 8-25-13

SAT TV Dominican Students Interview 8-23-13

Dominican students attend science and engineering program in Barbados - Dominica News Online 8-22-13

Two Dominican Students Participate in Science & Engineering Program - News.DM 8-23-13

Science is her Main Focus- Nation News 8-18-13

SPISE the Future - Barbados Today 7-19-13

Shake on it- Trinidad and Tobago Newsday 7-24-13

NAMILCO joins Education Ministry to promote Science and Technology Education- Caribbean Trakker 7-17-13

SPISE Summer Program 2013

TAMCC student gets award to SPISE 2013




SPISE 2012

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Here is a link to a 2-page flyer that summarizes the activities of 2012 SPISE - SPISE 2012 Activities Summary.pdf. Other links and documents of interest are:

SPISE 2012-Facebook Photos

SPISE student presentations - Basil Springer 9-2-12

Fun with Science - SPISE 2012- Nation News Barbados 30AUG2012.pdf

Graduates can help the economy Barbados Advocate 2SEP2012.pdf

SPISE A Hit-Barbados Advocate 2SEP2012.pdf

STEM and the Caribbean Science Foundation - Stabroek News 8-27-12

Yavniel Yatali in TT Guardian 8-22-12

A boost to the sciences-Barbados Advocate 8AUG2012.pdf

MIT-styled program to C'bean-Barbados Advocate 8AUG2012.pdf

 

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The Barbados Junior Robotics Camps are annual summer enrichment programs for young Barbadian students interested in robotics. The aim of the day camps is to introduce basic technology and engineering concepts to children. The camps are targeted at children who are passionately interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and enjoy hands-on work. Now that these camps have been piloted in Barbados, the CSF is willing to work with others to develop similar camps in other Caribbean countries.

The broader vision is that: (1) the growing interest in robotics will spawn the formation of robotics clubs in our schools, (2) more Caribbean students will become skilled enough to compete with other youngsters in international robotics competitions, (3) the youngsters who participate in such camps will have a head start in joining the technology-competent workforce of the future, and (4) a fraction will go on to create new globally-competitive technology industries that will help to diversify the economies of the Region.

The camps were first offered in 2015 at Level I, and in 2016, a more advanced level of the camp (Level II) was added. The Camps are a part of the partnership between the CSF and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. The Camps are designed and run by the CSF Volunteers for Barbados (see http://caribbeanscience.org/about/csf-vol-bb.php) and the Camps make use of the facilities of the UWI Cave Hill Campus. The Camps are consistent with CSF's primary goals of: (1) helping to increase the numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering, (2) helping to diversify the economies of the Region, and (3) helping to stimulate more technology-based entrepreneurship within the Region, and thereby raise the standard of living of the people.

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These camps, along with the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge (SVC), the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and the CSF-CAS (Caribbean Academy of Sciences) Regional STEM Teacher Training Workshops are the main educational reform programs of the CSF. The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is a key partner in these educational initiatives

Junior Robotics Camps: Program Description

GirlsWithRobots.pngApplicants for the Junior Robotics Camp must be at least 9 years of age and less than 13 years of age on July 1. Students from low-income households and girls are encouraged to apply. The aim is a balanced class of 50% girls and boys. At the Camp, students participate in team-based projects in a fun environment, supervised by approximately 5 Teaching Assistants for each camp, under the direction of a Head Instructor. The typical student who is admitted into the Junior Robotics Camp is curious about science and his/her surroundings, is eager to acquire knowledge in the areas of science and mathematics, and performs consistently well at school in the subjects of science and mathematics.

BoysWithRobots.png The VEX Robotics Curriculum employed, comprises a mix of class room teaching, and hands-on building through the use of VEX Robotics Kits. VEX is recognized as a leading classroom robotics platform (see http://www.vexrobotics.com/). Through this curriculum, the students are introduced to STEM and robotics. They learn about the basic components of robots, and see examples of how science and math are applied to engineering. At the end of the month-long camp, the students demonstrate the operation of their robots to an audience, and certificates are awarded to the teams.


Level I Camp
The Level I camp focuses on "teleoperated" robots (robots operated remotely), but we also begin to introduce concepts of autonomous robots. More specifically, the curriculum includes: learning about simple machines and motion (such as pulleys and pendulums), learning about mechanisms such as motors and gear ratios, learning how sensors work, and an introduction to the basics of programming. The students then have fun applying this knowledge to automate devices (chain reaction programming) before attempting to build an autonomous robot.

The application period for the 2017 Level I camp is now open. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, 24 May 2017. The Level I camp will run from July 10 to August 4, 2017.
Student application forms for the Level I camp can be downloaded from the link below:
2017 Level I Robotics Camp Application

Level I Camp Selection Criteria
The BJRC admissions committee will be responsible for selecting the students. Because of budget and space limitations the committee will limit the number of participants in each camp level to about 20. Only complete applications that arrive before the deadline will be considered. Also, the age limit and the citizenship requirement will be strictly enforced. Thereafter, Level I applications will be selected taking the following factors into consideration:

  • The strength of the recommendation from the principal or teacher
  • The age of the child (older students will be given preference over younger students who have to option to re-apply in later years).
  • The admissions committee's assessment of the child's interest and passion for STEM based on the submitted materials
  • Then if the qualified applicant pool still exceeds our capacity, a lottery system will be put in place to select the remaining successful candidates.

Level II Camp
The Level II camp is open to students who have completed the Level I camp. The Level II camp will focus on completely autonomous robots. The goal would be to have these campers design and build robots which can run a fairly sophisticated obstacle course autonomously (without human intervention). The kids will also be introduced to Python, a popular programming language.

The application period for the 2017 Level II camp is now open. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, 24 May 2017 . The Level II camp will run from July 11 to August 4, 2017.
Student application forms for the Level II camp can be downloaded from the link below:
2017 Level II Robotics Camp Application Form

In addition to the Level II application form, 2015 and 2016 Level I campers who wish to participate in the 2017 Level II camp must first fill out and submit this online survey of the Level I camp . A printable (pdf) version of the online survey/questionnaire is available here, but it should be used only if the applicant has difficulty accessing the online version. If you have already returned the survey, we thank you very much.

For the Level II camp, past Level I students who are less than 14 years old by July 1 are accepted based on the recommendation of the Level I camp coaches. Students who have been unfocused or disruptive in the Level I camp should not apply for admission to the Level II camp.

Level IIA Camp
For 2017 only, If not all Level I students opt to go on to level II, then students who have previously completed Level II and who are less than 15 years old by July 1, may apply to fill the open classroom slots for a special LEVEL IIA camp (an advanced version of Level II). Level IIA admission decisions will naturally not occur until the Level II class has been solidified (about June 15) and only a few slots may exist. The Level II facilitators will rank-order the applicants based on their Level II technical performance, passion for robotics, and in-class behaviour. The Level IIA applicants will be selected one at a time based on this ranking. The Level IIA application form may downloaded using the link below, and its due date is June 1, 2017
2017 Level IIA Robotics Camp Application Form

Camp Fees
The fee for participation in the 2017 Camps is BD$ 400 per child for the entire 4.5 weeks. Preference is for the entire fee to be paid by the parent/guardian upon acceptance of our offer of the child's participation in the Camp. For parents who are unable to pay the fee in full before the camp starts, we can make accommodation for 4 weekly payments of BD$ 100 per week upon request. Snacks at the breaks are served to all children participating in the camp.

For Facilitators/Coaches
The CSF is seeking qualified facilitators/coaches who have the experience and can commit the time to help us run both the Level I and the Level II camps. The 2017 camps will run from July 4 to August 4. These positions carry a modest stipend, but a signed contract with the CSF must be executed as all facilitators are expected to be available for the duration of the camps. A flyer describing the coaching positions can be viewed here.

The Facilitator Application Form can be downloaded in WORD or pdf formats from the links below:
BJRC 2017 Facilitator Application Form.doc
BJRC 2017 Facilitator Application Form.pdf

Camp Sponsorship
The CSF is seeking US$ 40,000 sponsorship to cover the major expenses of both 2017 Junior Robotics Camps: Purchase of the VEX Robotics Kits (inclusive of software); stipends for 10 facilitators; tools, components and materials for the demos and for the building of the competition platform; snacks for the campers; additional miscellaneous materials and supplies. Please contact Prof. Cardinal Warde at warde.csf@gmail.com or at 1-617-699-1281 if you (or your organization) are willing to assist.

Past camp sponsors have included:

  • The City of Bridgetown Credit Union
  • The Barbados Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development
  • The Central Bank of Barbados
  • MASA (Medical Air Services Association)

A promotional fundraising video made by Mr. Hallam Hope can be viewed at the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdhhP-7W_E8.

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The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) has partnered with Sagicor and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to launch the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge (SVC). The Challenge is a design competition with the overall goal of creating more sustainable Caribbean communities.

Challenge Goals
  • Boost institutional capacity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in secondary and high schools in the Challenge Countries.
  • Ignite interest among youth in the Challenge Countries for innovation in STEM to help build and integrate sustainable communities.
  • Integrate knowledge gained from formal and informal education to enable tomorrow's leaders to build more sustainable communities.

For the Challenge, students in Caribbean schools work in teams and use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to develop effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges facing their school or community. Student teams receive assistance from a teacher in their school, as well as from mentors. We have come to realize that most Caribbean secondary school students do not personally know a scientist or an engineer, or the wide variety of job opportunities available to scientists and engineers and so an important part of the challenge involves mentoring. Each team is assigned one or more professionals by the Caribbean Science Foundation. Mentoring is done in person or remotely, and may include any or all of the following activities: providing feedback on ideas, answering questions related to ideas, reviewing competition materials, and sharing expertise & experiences.

Competition entries are first evaluated and judged at the national level in each of the Challenge countries. The winning school in each country moves on to the Regional competition. Representatives of each winning national school team and their respective teacher participate in a 7-day, all-expenses-paid STEM Ambassador Program to Florida.

In October and November of 2012, sensitization workshops were held with teachers and students in several of the Challenge countries, including major publicity campaigns to encourage applications from school teams. For the first year, the challenge was open to the following twelve Caribbean countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

For more information visit sagicorvisionaries.com.

National Winners 2015

The 2015 Sagicor Visionaries Challenge concluded with the Regional competition being held in July, 2016. As in the previous years, student and teacher sensitization workshops were conducted at several schools in each competing country prior to each National Competition.

Entries were received from Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, Tampa (Hillsborough County) and Trinidad & Tobago. Over 100 project proposals were submitted by the schools and several teams of judges gathered from academia, industry and various STEM disciplines were engaged to assess the projects. In addition to the written proposals, the competition included an oral PowerPoint presentation and a question and answer session. The team from Queen's College Barbados placed first overall, with Six Rivers Secondary of Trinidad & Tobago placing second and St. Anthony's Secondary in Antigua & Barbuda placing third.

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NATIONAL CHALLENGE WINNERS 2015

COUNTRY

SCHOOL

PROJECT NAME

Antigua & Barbuda

St. Anthony Secondary

Organic Waste Reduction in Residential Areas

Barbados

Queen's College

Sweet Coconut Grey Water Filtration System

Belize

Belize High School

Value of A Nuisance

Dominica

St. Martin Secondary

Mosquito Buster

Guyana

Bygeval Secondary

The Eradicator

St. Lucia

St. Mary's College

A New Way to Walk

Trinidad & Tobago

Five Rivers Secondary

Project Eco Clean



National Winners 2014

The 2nd Annual Sagicor Visionaries Challenge (SVC) was held in 2014. The aims and format were very similar to those of the 2013 competition, but with some modification in some areas. As with the previous year, teacher and student sensitization workshops were conducted in the countries where the challenge was being staged.

Approximately 250 student teams from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, Tampa (Hillsborough County) and Trinidad & Tobago submitted entries to the SVC at the national level during the project submission period from September - November. The National Competitions took place during the months of November and December in Antigua (6 entries), Barbados (12 entries), Belize (32 entries), Dominica (35 entries), Guyana (more than 70 entries), St. Lucia (30 entries) and Trinidad (6 entries).

Prior to the National Competition, each team was required to submit a detailed project proposal, which was evaluated by a panel (the Competition Judges). On the day of National Competition, student teams gave presentations comprising two parts: an oral 2-minute PowerPoint presentation, consisting of two slides, to the entire audience, followed by an at-the-booth exhibit and question and answer session that complemented and added further detail to the oral presentation. At each National Competition, the panel evaluated all eligible competition submissions, based on specific criteria. A combination of the scores allotted to these three aspects was used to determine the National winner.

NATIONAL CHALLENGE WINNERS 2014
COUNTRY SCHOOL PROJECT NAME
Antigua & Barbuda Christ The King High School Nevo Oven
Barbados Queen's College The Green Way to Get Styrofoam Away
Belize Bishop Martin High School Chaya Mayan Power for Modern Times
Dominica St. Martin Secondary School Techno Gardeners
Guyana Abram Zuil Secondary School Paddy husk Particle Board
St. Lucia St. Mary's College Amylo-plastikos
Trinidad & Tobago Five Rivers Secondary School Cardboard Box Pellet recycling Project

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Scenes from National competitions 2014

Awards to the winning teams included a computerized Caribbean Science & Technology Mobile Centre, and 6 CXC-approved science kits (3 biology, 2 chemistry, 1 physics), as well as a trophy and certificate.

The winner of each National Competition will participate in the Regional SVC in July 2015 in Tampa, Florida to compete for the overall Regional award. In addition, while in Tampa, the students will take part in a 7-day all expenses paid trip as part of the STEM Ambassador Program. The students will have the opportunity to visit Disney World's EPCOT Centre, Kennedy Space Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the University of South Florida (USF) labs. They will focus on nanotechnology, rocketry, alternative energy, hydroponics and sustainable agriculture.To find out more about the 2014 challenge click here.

National Winners 2013

The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge was piloted in 2013. In its first year, close to 170 submissions were received from over 100 schools in 12 countries.

National competitions were held in each individual country, at which a winning national team was determined. These winning national teams then moved on to the regional round which was held in Barbados. There, the team from Belize copped the title of Regional Champion while the teams from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago placed second and third respectively. As a prize for winning the Nationals, a representative of each winning national school team and their respective teacher participated in a 7-day, all-expenses-paid STEM Ambassador Program to Tampa, Florida.

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2013 Regional winners Bishop Martin High School, Belize

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NATIONAL CHALLENGE WINNERS 2013
COUNTRY SCHOOL PROJECT NAME
Anguilla Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School Alternative Energy Revolutionized
Antigua/Barbuda St. Joseph's Academy Mulching Remote Control Lawnmower
Barbados St. Winifred's Secondary Healthier Lungs With the Help of the CARbon-Ionizer
Belize Bishop Martin High School Coconuts 4 Life
Dominica St. Martin Secondary School Little Water, Big Flush
Grenada T.A. Marryshow Community College Water Striders: Conserving Water and Promoting Health by Going Green
Guyana Zeeburg Secondary School Use of a Shrimp Dryer to Reduce Air Pollution at Zeeburg Secondary School
Jamaica Wolmer's Boys School Electro-Light;Making Your Electricity Bill Lighter
St. Kitts & Nevis Washington Archibald High School When Rubber Hits the Road
St. Lucia St. Mary's College Obstacle Detector for the Visually Impaired
St. Vincent & the Grenadines St. Vincent Girls' High School Paper Bricks
Trinidad & Tobago Naparima Girls' High School So Who is the Farmer in Your Neighbourhood?

To view more detailed information about the winners of each National competition, please visit https://sagicorvisionaries.com/event/2013-event/

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The 2013 SVC Winners at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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The Caribbean region needs to urgently embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education reform to: (a) increase the level of interest in the sciences, (b) encourage more youngsters to pursue careers in science and engineering, and (c) promote more awareness in the teachers and in the general population of the link between science and engineering, and regional economic development. This is particularly important in light of the current global challenges such as energy security, food security, climate change and natural threats which are impediments to the development of the Region.

The CSF STEM Teacher Training Workshops are two- and three-day training events for primary school teachers within the Caribbean. The goal is to train teachers in the use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) as teaching tools. Teachers are selected by their relevant Ministries of Education, and are persons who are genuinely interested in passionately exposing their students to elements of STEM. The intent is that these teachers will become future trainers of other teachers.

The PBL/IBSE inductive approach gives ample space to observation, experimentation, and teacher-guided construction by the child, and draws on the child's own knowledge. It is anticipated that this approach will promote more student interest and excitement in science and engineering prior to their entering the secondary school. Further, we believe that the successes gained at the primary level will lead to a stronger focus on the sciences in the secondary level. Ultimately, this should lead to higher numbers of students pursuing advanced degrees and careers in science and engineering, and should help develop the Region's next generation of technology leaders.

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The Workshops promote themes such renewable energy, robotics and food production as key components in hands-on science education and curricula. It also helps teachers to identify several local issues that secondary school teachers face in teaching science and technology. Further, teachers leave with a plan for implementing PBL and ISBE as teaching tools, including a draft of the site-based PBL or IBSE program, and a plan for assessing/monitoring the program's effectiveness.

The Workshops are conducted jointly with the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) and led by Prof. Winston Mellowes of CAS. He believes that: (1) we must pay greater attention to the teaching of mathematics at the elementary school level, and (2) that scientific principles need to be communicated clearly and effectively so that students understand and can apply the concepts.

There is no registration fee for attendance at the Workshops, and the CSF covers air transportation for the delegates and all the costs of teaching materials and supplies. Typically, the CSF asks the host country to provide a venue for the Workshop and lunches for the delegates, the training staff and the CSF support staff (approximately 30 people per Workshop).

The first of the inaugural workshops took place in St.Vincent on January 28th and 29th, 2015.The remaining four workshops for 2015 will take place in Antigua (April 20-21),Jamaica- Montego Bay (October),Jamaica-Kingston (October) and Barbados (November).  These Workshops are funded in part by the U.S. Embassy for Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, and the U.S. Embassy for Jamaica. Note, however, that the dates provided are tentative so please check this website again to be sure of the finalized dates.

For more information on the STEM Teacher Training Workshops, contact Professor Cardinal Warde (warde.csf@gmail.com).

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Bridgetown, 31 March 2017

CSF and CAS Host STEM Teacher Training Workshops in St. Kitts and Nevis

On March 29-30, 2017 The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) collaborated to host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher Training Workshop for primary school teachers at the Bird Rock Hotel in St. Kitts. This two-day workshop served a total of 29 teachers from St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and St. Vincent, and was made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, as well as through the cooperation of the Ministry of Education of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The goal of the STEM Teacher Training Workshops is to train teachers in the use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) as teaching tools. The teachers were selected by their relevant Ministries of Education, and are among those who have a passion for increasing their students' level of interest in the sciences. These teaching methods covered in the workshops are intended to introduce the basics of the scientific method to young students, and promote their interest and excitement in science and engineering. A longer-term goal of the STEM Teacher Training Workshops is to increase the number of students focusing on the sciences at the secondary level.

Along with the introduction of UNESCO-approved micro-science kits, emphasis was placed on PBL/IBSE using readily available, familiar materials, to which children can relate. The training was provided by experienced CAS facilitators, including Dr. Winston Mellowes - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Dr. Rowena Kalloo - UWI St. Augustine, Ms. Petal Jetoo - National Science Coordinator Ministry of Education Guyana, Professor Theodore Lewis - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, and Professor Bhuall Nand Kumar - NYIT. Mr. Olston Strawn, Science Coordinator in the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis aided setting up the many and varied experiments demonstrated to the participants.

Workshop_composite_image_St_Kitts.jpg In his speech at the opening ceremony, the Hon. Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture urged the participants to take advantage of all the information offered, and to enthusiastically transfer that knowledge to their students. He also expressed his interest in seeing how some of the workshop materials could be used, and thanked the facilitator team for bringing creativity and innovation to the classroom. Professor Cardinal Warde in his remarks reminded the teachers of the important role they play in shaping the Region's future by fertilizing the young minds so their students grow up to love science and engineering, and use STEM to build new economic pillars for the Region.

On the final day of the workshop, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Hodge, commended the team of facilitators for their exciting and interactive syllabus, and suggested to the participants that they should begin to implement their new knowledge in their classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Each teacher received a certificate of participation and a micro-science kit for use in their respective schools. Feedback from the participants was very positive, and encompassed requests for longer and more frequent workshops of this nature.

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Media Contact:
Prof. Cardinal Warde
warde.csf@gmail.com

CSF and CAS Host 2nd Set of STEM Teacher Training Workshop in Kingston and Montego Bay

Barbados, January 13, 2017 - The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) jointly hosted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher Training Workshops for primary school teachers at the Genesis Academy, Kingston on January 9-10, and at the Wexford Hotel, Montego Bay on January 12-13. The two-day workshops which served a total of 42 teachers were made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Jamaica, as well as through the cooperation of the Ministry of Education of Jamaica.

Professor Cardinal Warde (MIT) and Ms. Lois Oliver of the CSF were the workshop organizers. The goal of the STEM Teacher Training Workshops is to train teachers in the use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) as teaching tools. Teachers are selected by their relevant Ministries of Education, and have a passion for increasing their students' level of interest in the sciences. These teaching methods introduce the basics of the scientific method to the young students, and promote their interest and excitement in science and engineering. A longer-term goal of the STEM Teacher Training Workshops is to increase the number of students focusing on the sciences at the secondary level.

Jamaica_teachers_building_series_and_parallel_circuits_with_assistance_from_Dr_Cathy_Radix.JPG The PBL/IBSE teaching tools include UNESCO-approved micro-science kits, and emphasize observation and experimentation, while drawing on the child's own knowledge. The training was provided by experienced CAS facilitators, including Dr. Winston Mellowes - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Dr. Rowena Kalloo - UWI St. Augustine, Mrs. Petal Jetoo - National Science Coordinator Ministry of Education Guyana, Dr. Cathy Radix - UWI St. Augustine, and Professor Bhuall Nand Kumar - NYIT.

At the opening ceremony in Kingston, Prof. Warde (who is also the Interim Executive Director of the CSF) said to the gathering of teachers, facilitators and Ministry of Education officials that "... it is the CSF's vision that these teaching tools and methods will lead to higher numbers of students pursuing advanced degrees and careers in science and engineering and, ultimately, help to develop the Region's next generation of technology leaders." At the conclusion of the Workshop, Ms. Claudia Spence, Senior Education Officer in in the Ministry of Education commented that these were the best STEM workshops she has ever witnessed. The CSF donated one micro-science kit to each teacher for use in his/her school. Previous workshops in 2015-2016 have been held in St. Vincent, Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados.

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CSF and CAS Host STEM Teacher Training Workshop in Barbados

The fifth in the series of Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) STEM training workshops for primary school teachers was hosted in Barbados, November 23-25, 2015. The sessions were held at the 3W's Pavilion on the UWI-Cave Hill Campus. This workshop was made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, as well as with sponsorship from the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Barbados.

During the official opening ceremony, remarks were delivered by Prof. Winston Mellowes - Secretary of CAS and Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Prof. Cardinal Warde - Interim Executive Director of the CSF and Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, Prof. Eudine Barriteau - Prinicpal of the UWI, Cave Hill, Ms. Amanda Martinez - Information Resource Center Coordinator at the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, and Senator Harcourt Husbands - Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Innovation, Barbados. All the speakers noted the importance of STEM education, its relevance in today's changing society, the importance of a collaborative approach to its delivery and applauded the efforts of the CSF and CAS.

The 43 teachers who participated were drawn from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They were selected by their respective ministries of education. Over the three days of the workshop they interacted with their peers and the facilitators, were exposed to techniques to aid them in the delivery of science education, learned how to teach hands-on science using low-cost and readily available materials and were introduced to the UNESCO-approved micro-science kits. These kits consists of essentially miniaturized laboratory apparatus and materials. At the end of the workshop, each teacher received one kit as a gift to their school.

Barbados Teachers.png The training was delivered by facilitators: Professor Winston Mellowes - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Ms. Petal Jetoo - National Science Coordinator Ministry of Education Guyana, Dr. Bhuall Nand Kumar - Professor, Columbia University and chief facilitator Dr. Rowena Kalloo - UWI St. Augustine.
For more information please visit the Stem Teacher Training Workshops

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CSF and CAS Host Two STEM Teacher Training Workshops in Jamaica

On October 12-13 and 14-15 2015, the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) collaborated to host the two STEM training workshops for primary school teachers in Jamaica. They were held at the Genesis Academy, Kingston and the Academy of Science, Technology and Arts (ASTA), Montego Bay respectively, and were made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Jamaica, as well as through the cooperation of the Ministry of Education of Jamaica.

Delivering brief remarks at the opening of the Kingston workshop, Senator Wensworth Skeffrey, STEM Technical Officer in the Ministry of Education urged the teachers to fully immerse themselves in the workshop activities, as the knowledge gained would only improve their ability to engage the nation's children. At the Montego Bay location, similar sentiments were shared by Mr. Sadpha Bennet, the National Science Coordinator in the Ministry of Education.

The primary school teachers, who were specially selected by the Ministry of Education, were then exposed to two days of lectures, activities, hands-on experimentation utilizing readily available materials and were introduced to the UNESCO-approved micro-science kits. They were able also to engage the facilitators, ask questions and to share their classroom experiences, challenges and victories amongst themselves. The feedback which they provided at the end of each workshop indicated that the teachers found the sessions to be relevant, applicable and fun, and many expressed their appreciation at having experienced the training.
Jamaica Teachers.png The training was delivered by facilitators: Professor Winston Mellowes - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Professor Theodore Lewis - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Mrs. Petal Jetoo - National Science Coordinator Ministry of Education Guyana, and chief facilitator Dr. Rowena Kalloo - UWI St. Augustine. It is anticipated that when these teachers return to their school communities, they will serve as ambassadors and share their knowledge and passion with their colleagues and students.
For more information please visit the Stem Teacher Training Workshops

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May 1, 2015
 
CSF and CAS Host STEM Teacher Training Workshop in Antigua

The second in a series of Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher training workshops for primary school teachers took place at the Multi-Cultural Centre, in St. John's, Antigua, on April 20-21, 2015. The STEM training workshop was offered by the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS). The workshop was made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, as well as through the cooperation of the Ministry of Education of Antigua and Barbuda.

The workshop was opened by the Honorable Michael S. Browne, Esq., Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda, who welcomed the delegates. The teachers who were chosen to benefit from this training are all actively involved in the teaching of science, are passionate and committed to its delivery and willing to try new and innovative ways of teaching science in their classrooms. The aim is to improve the way in which STEM subjects are taught by championing Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inquiring Based Science Education (IBSE) as effective delivery tools. Ultimately, a database of thus trained Regional science teachers will be created, where peer support can be provided and resource materials shared.

Thirty-five teachers from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines participated in the two-day training, and all spoke highly of the training. The highlights were deemed to be the exposure to the hands-on experimentation using readily available, low cost materials, and to the UNESCO micro-science kits which contain miniaturized and fully operational lab equipment. Each teacher received a complete micro-science kit at the end of the training, and all committed to implementing their use in their respective schools.

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Primary school teachers in hands-on STEM training session at the Antigua Workshop


The teachers assumed the role of student for the duration of the workshop, allowing them to view science through the eyes of their young charges. They came away reinvigorated with heightened awareness that teaching science can be fun, interactive and fulfilling for both teacher and student.

The training the teachers received was delivered by facilitators: Professor Winston Mellowes, Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine; Professor Theodore Lewis, Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine; Mrs. Petal Jetoo, National Science Coordinator in Ministry of Education Guyana; Dr. Bhuall Kumar, Professor, Columbia University; and chief facilitator Dr. Rowena Kalloo of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Future workshops are planned for Barbados and Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay). For more information please visit http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/stem_teacher_training_workshops.php


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PRESS RELEASE
February 4, 2015
 
CSF and CAS Host STEM Teacher Training Workshop in St. Vincent

On Jan 28-29, 2015, the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) collaborated to host the first in a series of STEM training workshops for Regional primary school teachers. The workshop took place at the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown, St. Vincent, and was made possible by grant funding from the Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, as well as through the cooperation of the Ministry of Education of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The aims of the workshop were to: (1) have teachers expand their understanding of the nature of science, science education and how students learn science, (2) identify strategies, resources and activities for Inquiry and STEM-based science teaching, and (3) increase the confidence of teachers in their planning, teaching and assessing inquiry based approaches. Identification of further knowledge and skills needed to feel competent in the teaching of inquiry based science was an additional focal point. It was also anticipated that a network of colleagues would be further developed, in order to provide support in innovation regarding the teaching of science.

Twenty teachers from Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines took part in two exciting days of stimulating lectures, interactive and engaging hands-on experimentation using readily available materials, and were introduced to the use of UNESCO micro-science kits, which provide miniature versions of functional science lab apparatus. The training they received was delivered by facilitators: Professor Winston Mellowes - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Professor Theodore Lewis - Professor Emeritus, UWI St. Augustine, Mrs. Petal Jetoo - National Science Coordinator Ministry of Education Guyana, Dr. Bhuall Kumar- Professor, Columbia University, and chief facilitator Dr. Rowena Kalloo - University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Teachers taking part in hands-on activities during the workshop

It is anticipated that when these teachers return to their home countries and school communities, they will serve as ambassadors and share their knowledge with their colleagues and students. Feedback from the participants indicated that they found they found the sessions informative, relevant, productive, thought provoking and fun.

Future workshops are planned for Antigua, Barbados and Jamaica. For more information please visit http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/stem_teacher_training_workshops.php


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The Student Internship Program was launched in 2014 by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation-New England, Inc. (CADSTI-NE, see www.cadsti-ne.org) in collaboration with the Caribbean Science Foundation. The two organizations facilitate internships for Caribbean post-secondary and tertiary students at U.S. biotech and high tech companies and laboratories, as well as at companies in the Caribbean. These internships are approximately 4 - 8 weeks in duration, and give the students first-hand working experience to see how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are applied to research and development.

By immersing students in such an environment, CADSTI-NE hopes to increase the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering. The long-term goal is to stimulate more technology-based entrepreneurship within the Caribbean, in order to help to diversify the economies of the region and raise the standard of living of the people.

Specifically, the internships at companies provide an opportunity for students to:

  • See the diverse career paths available in that industry
  • Learn new laboratory techniques and skills
  • Observe how equipment is operated, maintained, and controlled
  • Network with individuals associated with that industry
  • Observe the operations and infrastructure of a company

Internship Application

Applicants must be graduates of the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and at least 18 years of age. Transcripts and essays are required.  The deadline for submission is March 15.  Other requirements are found on the application form, available from CADSTI-NE.

CADSTI-NE reviews the applications and notifies applicants of decisions around the middle of April. To select the students, the CADSTI-NE Admissions Committee ranks the students according to the student internship program criteria. Selected students are then matched to the available internships. 

Intern Testimonials

Candice_Greene_Photo.jpg"My internship was eye-opening. I got to perform a whole lot of protein biochemistry lab procedures including SDS-PAGE and Capillary Isoelectric Focusing"-- Candice Greene, 2014 summer intern and SPISE graduate.


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"DEFINITELY a step towards personal improvement. I got to interact with a group of amazing people and work at a VERY impressive facility. A summer well spent!" Obe Joseph, 2014 summer intern and SPISE graduate.


LiamNeath2.jpg"My internship at Alexion Pharmaceuticals was extremely rewarding. I adopted an interdisciplinary approach to biology that drew upon prior coursework and an innate passion to discover. I am more than thankful to CADSTI-NE and Alexion Pharmaceuticals for the opportunity to learn and grow!" -- Liam Neath, 2015 summer intern and SPISE graduate.



2017 Internship Program
In 2017 CADSTI-NE expects to have about 10 Internship slots available. Applications have been received and interviews of the applicants are ongoing.

2016 Internship Program

For 2016, five interns were engaged in internships at Harris Paints, Foursquare Rum Distillery, Genesis Engineering Solutions and the STARS program at the University of California, San Diego. CADSTI-New England's October Newsletter, below, features the five SPISE Caribbean students who participated in the 2016 Internship program:
CADSTI-NE_newsletter_Oct_2016.pdf.

2015 Internship Program

CADSTI-NE facilitated an additional 3 student internships in 2015 during the months of June - August, including 2 internships at Synageva BioPharma, and 1 internship at Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados.

2014 Internship Program

In 2014, CADSTI-NE facilitated 4 internships for students from the Caribbean, including 1 internship at Synageva BioPharma* (http://www.synageva.com/) - a large biotech company in the Boston area, 2 internships at Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados, and 1 internship at a Boston University biology research laboratory. 

Students in the biology/biotechnology internships observed and also carried out experimental techniques such as PCR, plasmid preparation, mutagenesis, genotyping, cell culture, transfection, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, Q-TOF LC/MS, HPLC, and capillary isoelectric focusing. 

Students in the Foursquare Rum Distillery internships observed systems operators in the control room, chemists conducting quality control tests in process and on the final product, and electricians and mechanical engineers servicing machinery such as the compressor, boiler and pumps. Thus, the interns observed the practical applications of biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, and engineering to discovering, developing and manufacturing products.

Importantly, all of the students were exposed to the broad range of career opportunities possible with a degree in one of the STEM disciplines.


Please see www.cadsti-ne.org for more details, or contact CADSTI-NE [info@cadsti-ne.org] for further information.

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The CSF is a partner, along with 15 EU and Latin American countries, in the ERANET-LAC project. The ERANET-LAC project is a network of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Joint Innovation and Research Activities. It strengthens the bi-regional partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation by planning and implementing concrete joint activities, and by creating a sustainable framework for future bi-regional joint activities.

As a partner in ERANET-LAC, the CSF participates in workshops and conferences to discuss coordination of existing and new projects in ICT, Bio-Economy, Bio-Diversity/Climate, Energy and Health, to promote synergy. ERANET-LAC has conducted two joint calls to fund proposals in the above topic areas, and several joint projects have now been selected for funding. More detailed information about ERANET-LAC can be found at http://eranet-lac.eu/

ITCity Project

Under the second joint call, the CSF is now participating in one of the selected projects in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) thematic area. The project has been given the short title of ITCity, and it concerns the applications of ICT to Energy for Smart Cities/Municipalities. The consortium is led by Latvia, and other participating countries in the project are Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Romania and Turkey. Because of the origin of the CSF funds for this project, only Barbados companies were eligible to participate under the CSF banner. AES Energy Systems has been awarded a grant from the CSF to participate in the consortium. Thus, Barbados has become the 7th consortium member.

Project Summary
"ITCity is aimed at responding to the citizens' needs for new information technology applications of various energy technologies usage, integrated in an intelligent way at the City level. The general expected results are based on the design of an intelligent ICT platform that will promote energy efficiency initiatives in cities and municipalities, will contribute to urban planning and environmental lifestyle, will take part in active power management of energy consumption, and will support energy end users who become active market players. The creation of a platform for the direct communication with the consumer may also play an important role in the development and consolidation of smart cities, thus supporting the development of innovative services for the electricity market. Project results will also provide system users with solutions related to smart services and will ensure transparency for efficient use of the available resources related to the multi-energy vectors. The newly elaborated intelligent ICT platform will contribute to city energy ecosystem, and will improve city services and quality of life at the transnational level."

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Below is the solicitation for this opportunity. The solicitation is now closed. It was posted in the Nation News in Barbados on Sunday 9 October 2016, and on the CSF Website.

Grant Funding Available for Barbados ICT Companies under Second Call of ERANET-LAC Project

This serves as a solicitation for proposals from suitable and interested Barbados companies to participate in the ITCity project (summarized below) with our Latin American and European partners. Start-up and small companies (less than 25 employees) only are eligible to apply for this grant. Overhead costs and equipment are not reimbursable under the grant. Period of performance is 2 years. The total amount of funding available from the CSF for this project is €20,000, and one grant award will be made. The proposal page count is limited to 4 pages with fonts no smaller than 10 pt. The-4 page limit does not include the resumes which must be submitted along with the proposal. The application deadline is 11:59 pm November 6, 2016.

The simplified application process consists of filling out the proposal template below and returning it by e-mail to the CSF along with the resumes of the key researchers in the company. It is envisioned that the successful SME ICT Company will benefit from collaboration with our European and Latin American partners, and that the project will further strengthen the ICT capacity of the Region, and Barbados in particular. The successful applicant will be given full access to the entire proposal submitted by the other partners, before being introduced to the partners. Your proposal must be prepared using the template provided in the link below:

Proposal_Template_CSF_ERANET_ICT_for_Smart_Cities.docx

The proposal form above, along with resumes of the key research personnel must be submitted by e-mail to csfhdq@gmail.com with the subject line "Proposal: ICT for Smart Cities-Barbados" by 11:59 pm November 6, 2016.

More general information about the ERANET-LAC project can be found at http://eranet-lac.eu/

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The Caribbean Science Foundation is a participant in the ALCUENET project. ALCUENET is a collaboration between 17 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union. The ALCUENET Website is at http://alcuenet.eu/.

ALCUENET partners participate in conferences and workshops to develop policy and prioritize topics for research, development and innovation within key areas that are of interest to the three regions: Energy, Information and Communications Technology, Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

On May 25-27, 2015,the CSF hosted the annual ALCUENET Latin America and the Caribbean National Contact Points meeting in Barbados at the Divi South Winds Hotel.  CARICOM representatives, Ministers of government, Country representatives, researchers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other stakeholders gathered to discuss ALCUENET's key areas of interest.

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The main objectives of this workshop were to:
a) to inform and update all participants about the opportunities for third countries in European Union's New Innovation and Research Framework Programme - Horizon 2020
b) to develop and strengthen the capacities of existing LAC NCP and also expand the LAC NCP network.

The achievement of both objectives allowed the generation of the necessary synergies to enhance the science and technology cooperation between both regions (EU & LAC).

More details are available here.


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