CSF and CAS Host 2nd Set of STEM Teacher Training Workshops in Kingston and Montego Bay
Prof. Cardinal Warde
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.
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.
For more information please visit our: Stem Teacher Training Workshops Page
Student Internship Opportunities in Communications & Business
The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) invites students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a post‐graduate degree in either linguistics, mass communications, business or an associated discipline, to apply for positions as CSF Student Interns. Students pursuing degrees in science and technology may also apply if there is a communications or business component to their course of study. Primary responsibilities would include a subset of the tasks listed in the link below, depending on the background of the student.
CADSTI-NE Luncheon 2:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday 6NOV16
Please note that CADSTI-NE is holding a fund-raising luncheon with lots of delicious Caribbean food and music, and raffles at 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday November 6, 2016 at St. Bartholomew's Church, 239 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA (intersection of Harvard St. and Essex St.). Food contribution is $10 per person (non-student), $5 for non-Caribbean students, and no cost for Caribbean students.
CADSTI-NE October 2016 Newsletter Published
CADSTI-New England's October Newsletter features five SPISE Caribbean students for whom that organization arranged summer science and engineering internships over the past summer. SPISE (Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering) is an intensive 4 week residential program for high school students in the STEM disciplines. SPISE is offered each summer in Barbados by the Caribbean Science Foundation. More information about SPISE can be found here. The five students are past graduates of SPISE and some are now enrolled in universities in the US and the Caribbean. The companies that hosted the interns are also highlighted in the Newsletter. CADSTI-NE is seeking additional companies that are willing to host Caribbean interns. The link below provides the full text of the Newsletter:
CADSTI-NE has a vibrant membership and its leadership team meets via Webex almost every Sunday at 9:00 am to plan the activities of the organization. The Website of CADSTI-NE is http://cadsti-ne.org. If you are interested in making a contribution of any kind, please contact its President, Dr. Dinah Sah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Funding Available for Barbados ICT Companies
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.
The CSF has been invited to participate in one of the ERANET-LAC selected projects in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) thematic area. The project named ITCity concerns the applications of ICT to Energy for Smart Cities. The participating countries in this project are Latvia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Romania and Turkey. Because of the origin of the funds for this project, only Barbados companies are eligible.
For-profit, start-up and small companies (less than 25 employees) only are eligible to apply for this grant. 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. The application deadline is 11:59 pm November 6, 2016. Please visit The CSF ERANET-LAC Page for more details and to download proposal template.
More general information about the ERANET-LAC project can be found at http://eranet-lac.eu/
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Ryerson University Hosts Inaugural Meeting to Launch CADSTI-Canada
Thanks to the institutional, and personal, support of Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University, and to the generous support with the planning and logistics from Prof. Emily Agard, Director of Science Communication, Outreach and Public Engagement, Ryerson University, the inaugural meeting of the Canada branch of the Caribbean Diaspora for Science Technology and Innovation (CADSTI-Canada) took place on Sunday 15 May 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 pm at Ryerson University. The venue was the beautiful new Student Learning Centre (SLC).
About 30 persons with links to several different Caribbean countries were in attendance. At the meeting, the initial ground work was laid for the formation of CADSTI-Canada. Information was disseminated about CADSTI, its mission, its organizational structure, and the activities of its existing branches in the UK, New England, US Southeast, and Silicon Valley. The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), which carries out the work of CADSTI on the ground in Region, was introduced and its 5 ongoing projects were described.
The outcomes of the meeting included: (a) a pledge from Dean Coe that the Administration of Ryerson University would help support the effort, in any way it can, to get CADSTI-Canada launched, and that Ryerson would begin to identify ways in which CADSTI and CSF could collaborate with Ryerson University, (b) identification of a small group of individuals who are willing, able and have the time to contribute to the work of CADSTI-Canada, (c) discussion of a set of potential projects that CADSTI-Canada may want to champion to help the Caribbean, and (d) a list of immediate action items.
Please watch this site for the date, time and venue for the next meeting, which should take place within the next month. To obtain minutes of the meeting, or to get your name on the mailing list, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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Grant Funding available for Barbados ICT Companies under ERANET-LAC Project - Application Period 01DEC15 - 10 MAR16
The CSF is a partner, along with 15 EU and Latin American countries, in the ERANET-LAC project. Under the ERANET-LAC second joint call, the CSF will provide partial funding for ICT projects, in Barbados only, on a competitive basis to one or two companies. More companies may be funded if more funds become available.
Start-up and small companies (less than 25 employees) only are eligible to apply for these grants. Overhead costs are not reimbursable under these grants. Preferred projects are in "ICT for Smart Cities" and "ICT Health". Period of performance can be more than 1 year but less than 2 years.
More general information about the ERANET-LAC project can be found at http://eranet-lac.eu/.
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STEM Teacher training Workshop (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.
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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STEM Teacher training Workshops (Jamaica)
On October 12-13 and 15-16 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.
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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Barbados Junior Robotics Camp Launched
The Barbados Junior Robotics Camp is an annual summer enrichment program for young Barbadian students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Camp is being run in the pilot phase in 2015. Details can be found here
CSF to Host Next Annual ALCUENET LAC NCP Meeting
The Caribbean Science Foundation will host the next annual ALCUENET LAC NCP (Latin America and the Caribbean National Contact Points) meeting in Barbados on May 25-27, 2015. CARICOM representatives, Ministers of government, Country representatives, researchers, Small and Medium Enterprises and other stakeholders will gather to discuss ALCUENET's five priority areas: Energy, ICT, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Bioeconomy and Health.
The main objectives of this workshop are:
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, will allow generating necessary synergies to enhance the science and technology cooperation between both regions (EU- LAC).
More details will be available here.
2015 STEM Teacher Training Workshop (Antigua)
May 1, 2015
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.
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 visithttp://caribbeanscience.org/projects/stem_teacher_training_workshops.php
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CSF 2014 Year in Review Published
The CSF has published CSF-2014-Year-in-Review.pdf. This document summarizes the activities and the projects of the CSF in calendar year 2014.
2015 Teacher Training Workshop (St. Vincent)
PRESS RELEASEFebruary 4th, 2015
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.
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
Join your local CADSTI Branch
For residents of the six New England states, we invite you to join CADSTI-NE. Membership forms and more information can be found at CADSTI-NE Website
For residents of the UK, we invite you to join CADSTI-NE. Membership forms and more information can be found at CADSTI-UK Website
For residents of the Southeast United States, we invite you to join CADSTI-SE. More information can be found at here
SPISE 2015 Applications open for Students, TAs and Instructors
The Caribbean Science (CSF) invites students who are more than 16 but less than 18 years of age on July 1, passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and interested in pursuing STEM-based careers, to apply for the all-expenses-paid 2015 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE). The student application deadline is March 31, 2015, and the SPISE runs from July 18 to August 15, 2015 in Barbados.
The CSF also invites post graduate students who are proficient in and can tutor SPISE students in calculus, physics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship, robotics, electronics and computer programming to apply for Teaching Assistant positions. These positions are open until filled.
The CSF also has open positions for instructors in the following subjects: calculus, physics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship, robotics, electronics, computer programming, Caribbean history and Mandarin. A masters or Ph.D. degree is required. These positions are open until filled.
A full description of the SPISE program, including frequently asked questions and applications forms for students, teaching assistants and instructors are available at http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php.
World Bank Study Supports CADSTI-CSF Model
The CADSTI-CSF model is designed to tap the diverse and dispersed resources and talent in science, engineering, and business resident in the Diaspora for the economic and social development of the Caribbean. CADSTI is a collection of science, engineering and business experts and professionals who are dedicated to giving back to the Region. CADSTI has its headquarters in the Boston area, but it is organized as branches in key geographic Diaspora locations. Branches exist in the UK, New England, the US Southeast and the US Mid-Atlantic Region. Branches in Canada, Silicon Valley and New-York-New-Jersey are scheduled to open in 2014. CADSTI formed the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in 2010 to implement its mission on the ground in the Caribbean Region. The CADSTI-CSF model is illustrated below.
A summary of the World Bank study can be found in this Caribbean 360 article titled "Diaspora could play larger role in Caribbean development - World Bank study". See also a related World bank report titled "Unlocking the economic potential of the Caribbean diaspora". The original World Bank study can be found at http://issuu.com/wbinfodev/docs/diaspora_investing_december_2013
At just about the same time, another World Bank study warns of the chronic shortage of innovation in the Caribbean (see a summary at http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/business/1089333.html?print#axzz2nQr1UxKm)
Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF)
The CSF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is Diaspora driven, and has its headquarters on the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. Its overall long-term mission is to help the Region create more high-paying technology-based jobs, and earn more foreign exchange by developing and exporting more technology-based products and services. The CSF achieves its goals by:
(a) Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education reform in the Region
(b) Stimulating technology-based entrepreneurship with the injection of seed funding (on a competitive basis) into science and technology projects within new and existing small enterprises
(c) Tapping into CADSTI's extensive database of scientists, engineers and technology leaders in the Diaspora (in virtually every technology area) for advice and expertise, and to help establish collaborations between entities in the Region and the Diaspora.
Regarding the promotion of STEM education reform, the CSF runs two STEM educational initiatives: (1) the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), and (2) The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.
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 technology leaders in the Region. SPISE provides a learning environment in which understanding the concepts and fundamental principles is reinforced over and above rote learning. Further, critical thinking and analytical and logical problem-solving approaches are emphasized in order to find solutions to complex problems that may not have been encountered before. Teamwork is yet another essential component of the SPISE experience, as are applying efficient study habits and time-management skills. SPISE students study calculus, physics, biochemistry, Mandarin, one Caribbean concept and entrepreneurship. In addition, they undertake hands-on, experimental innovative projects in robotics, computer programming and electronics (see http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php)
In the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge, Caribbean high school students work in teams with teachers to develop innovative solutions to problems in their schools or communities using STEM. Sagicor provides all the funding for the competition at both the national and regional levels, while CSF provides the academic content, the mentors and the judges (see http://sagicorvisionaries.org/site/).
More information about the CSF can be found at http://caribbeanscience.org.
AAAS Report Cites the Potential of Science Diasporas
CADSTI is an example of a science Diaspora organization serving the Caribbean Region. Other examples are the Turkish American Scholars and Scientists Association (TASSA), Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists (WGNIS), and the Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the Arab World (SASTA).
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) report agrees with CADSTI that "The science, technology, and innovation (STI) diaspora remains a vastly untapped resource. Governments, research and educational institutions, professional organizations, and the private sector can each do more to make the most of the ties that bind our far-flung scientific communities." It further states that "Through their collective brainpower, resources, and networks, organized diasporas of scientists, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and science policy experts play a vital role in driving innovation and economic growth and improving cross-cultural understanding and collaboration."
The report also points to some interesting statistics: "According to a report by the Kauffman Foundation, foreign-born entrepreneurs started a quarter of U.S. technology startups over the past six years.1 In Silicon Valley alone, 44 percent of these engineering and technology ventures were founded by at least one immigrant. As of 2010, one-third of the 314 laureates who won their Nobel Prizes while working in the United States were foreign-born."
You may read more at: http://www.sciencediplomacy.org/perspective/2013/potential-science-diasporas
2013 CSF Workshop Press Release
December 5, 2013
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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Barbados High Commission
1 Great Russell Street,
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The next meeting will take place on Friday Oct 4th 2013, at 18:30. More information about the Branch and the meeting can be found by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. The four officers listed below are in charge of the logistics of setting up the Branch as a legal non-profit charity and hosting the meetings to plan the initial activities of the Branch:
The activities of the Branch are guided by the general CADSTI principles and mission statement which can be found at the (CADSTI International Website). The article below was published in the UK edition of the Barbados Nation on 14 June 2013