The mission of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) is to assist with the diversification of the economies of the Caribbean Region by harnessing science and technology for economic development, thereby helping to raise the standard of living.
- Accelerate education reform that supports technology‐based entrepreneurship by:
- Promoting and offering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs including robotics camps and computer coding workshops for Caribbean youth
- Offering business and entrepreneurship education programs for Caribbean youth
- Carrying out STEM teacher training exercises in the Region
- Enhancing the communication skills of the youth in CSF programs
- Stimulate technology‐based entrepreneurship by identifying and funding science and technology projects in new and existing enterprises that are relevant to the economic development needs of the Region, and
- Provide scientific and engineering advisory services to Caribbean governments by working with the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation (CADSTI) to leverage the expertise that resides in the Diaspora.
- The CSF SPISE program has served 169 students since 2012 (see SPISE Description)
- SPISE students are enrolled at or have attended many prestigious universities, including MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Dartmouth, U Penn, Georgia Tech, McMaster, Ryerson University and others. Most of these students have substantial financial aid packages, and some have full scholarships. This represents a tremendous early return on the investment provided by their SPISE sponsors.
- The CSF Robotics Camp has served 229 students since 2015 in 4 levels of the Camp (see Junior Robotics Camp Description)
- A pilot of the CSF Computer Coding Workshop was held in Barbados from January to March 2018 with 12 students. In January 2019 the Coding Workshop was expanded to St. Lucia. In January 2020, the workshop will be expanded further to Dominica (see Computer Coding Camp Description)
- Nine STEM Teacher Training Workshops for primary school teachers have been held since 2015 in St. Vincent, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts, Dominica, Kingston and Montego Bay (see STEM Teacher Training Workshop Description)
- CSF made its first grant, under its CaribVenture vehicle, to AES Energy systems of Barbados for US$ 20,000 in January of 2017. The grant is for the development of software to aid energy audits and manage electricity usage (see CaribVenture Description)
- The CADSTI-New England & CSF Student Internship Program has organized a total of 46 internships at 17 host organizations during the period 2014 – 2020, in the US, Canada, UK and the Caribbean, in the areas of biotechnology, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, renewable energy, software development and actuarial sciences (see Student Internship Program Description)
- CADSTI-UK has initiated a STEM Coaching Club that helps students in the London area to prepare for the GCSE in the STEM disciplines. The Club meets on Saturday mornings. More information is available at the CADSTI-UK Website
- The CSF has produced a comprehensive blueprint for the Ministry of Labour of Barbados addressing the means by which STEM can be harnessed to create more and better employment opportunities for the people of Barbados. The document is available at the link:CSF Final Report – STEM Blueprint for Barbados-5SEP2016
- The CSF has published a paper titled “Creating a STEM-based Economic Pillar for the Caribbean: A Blueprint”, in the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean (Vol. 18 No. 1, pp 234-270, 2019.)
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