CDB Supports SPISE
SPISE participants Shamar Gaskin of Anguilla and Shamone Fine of Jamaica show off their underwater robots to CDB's Klao Bell-Lewis and Collin Cunningham. The Caribbean Development Bank continues to support the efforts of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) to groom the Region's next generation of technology entrepreneurs and leaders in science, engineering and business. CDB once again partnered with CSF for the 2014 edition of the 4-week-long Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) which is opened to the most-gifted Caribbean students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This year, 22 students were accepted into SPISE; they hailed from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. The students successfully completed university-level courses in calculus, physics, biochemistry, entrepreneurship, Caribbean Unity and Mandarin, as well as hands-on projects in under-water robotics, renewable energy and electronics. Instructors included faculty from the University of the West Indies and senior management from the U.S. biotechnology industry. SPISE is led by Professor Cardinal Warde of MIT, and is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT for which Prof. Warde has served as the Faculty Director for over 15 years. The students also participated in a career seminar series where they heard first-hand about the career paths, decisions and experiences of six eminent professionals in science and engineering from the Diaspora and the Region, including Grenadian Nicholas Brathwaite, founding partner of Riverwood Capital.