Sagicor Visionaries Challenge Opens

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News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Weds. Jan. 30, 2013: The Caribbean Science Foundation, (CSF), is inviting applications for the 2013 Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering, (SPISE), and project entries for the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge.

SPISE is a unique opportunity for students with strong interest in pursuing careers in science and engineering to spend 4 weeks of total immersion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in Barbados this summer, all expenses paid. Student applicants must be at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age on July 1, 2013, and have completed CXC exams or equivalent in math and science subjects. The application deadline is April 22, 2013.

Videos of last year’s program, application forms for students, teaching assistants and instructors, and answers to frequently asked questions can be accessed at caribbeanscience.org. The SPISE 2013 will run from July 20 to August 17, 2013, and will be held at the UWI-Cave Hill campus in Barbados, with UWI and CXC providing critical resources and support.

For the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge teams of students propose solutions to a problem in their school or community using science and technology. This competition is in its first year and is open to schools in 12 Caribbean Countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Details are available here and caribbeanscience.org. Winners at the National and Regional levels will receive prizes and free trips. The entry deadline is February 16, 2013.

In addition, persons interested in serving as mentors for student teams, either in person or remotely, are invited to fill out a mentor application form, available here.

The CSF was established as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization in 2010. The work of the CSF is supported in part by the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation, which founded the CSF. The mission of the CSF is to assist with the diversification of the economies of the Caribbean Region by harnessing science and technology for economic development, and to help raise the standard of living.