A programme has come on stream to increase the numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering.

The Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is an intensive four-week summer residential programme designed for Caribbean secondary school students between the ages of 15 to 17 years.??

Offered by the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), SPISE will be based at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. It is anticipated that by equipping students with the necessary skills, the courses will inspire more youth to see the value and rewards of pursuing advance technical degrees and careers in the fields.

Students who live in the Caribbean and are interested in studying and attaining careers in science and engineering are encouraged to apply before the June 1 deadline.

Running from August 6 to September 1, SPISE is designed to develop the skills necessary to help students achieve success in science and engineering at the university level and beyond.?? Aspiring to build the self-confidence of the students, SPISE aims to enhance their ability to function in a demanding academic environment as well as their ability to work in groups.

During the four-weeks of the residential summer programme, pupils will study calculus, physics, and humanities, in addition to biology, chemistry or biochemistry.??

They will also participate in hands-on science and engineering projects in the fields of robotics, computer programming or electronics.?? With the humanities course focusing on the "one-Caribbean" concept, participants will also benefit from learning ethics as well as a foreign language such as Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.

Instructors and resident-tutors will be UWI lecturers and graduate students from the Caribbean and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.??

SPISE is a CSF initiative which intends to achieve the long-term goal of diversifying the region’s economies by stimulating technology-based entrepreneurship in the Caribbean.?? It also aims to promote education reform that places more emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, business and communication skills.??

Persons interested in participating in the SPISE intensive residential summer programme should contact Professor Cardinal Warde at (617) 699-1281 or email at warde.csf@gmail.com.

Application forms and further information may be obtained at http://caribbeanscience.org/.??

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