SPISE Summer Program 2013

The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program for promising 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. This program is one of Caribbean Science Foundation’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.

SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT (web.mit.edu/mites). SPISE provides a learning environment in which understanding the concepts and fundamental principles in several disciplines 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.

SPISE students study calculus, physics and humanities, and either biology, chemistry or biochemistry. In addition, they undertake two hands-on, experimental innovative projects chosen from robotics, computer programming and electronics. Further, the students build self-confidence in their ability to be successful in a highly demanding academic environment.

The program is based at the CSF headquarters, located on the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies. The instructors for the subjects are university lecturers and postgraduate students from the Caribbean and MIT.

Key important partners of the SPISE are the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, and the CXC.

For 2013, the scholarship winners representing Belize are:

1. Ermis Pineda, Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, BTL Science Scholar

Ermis Pineda


2. Omar Amjad, Edward Yorke
   High School
, PUC Science Scholar