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SciXchange and SPISE in Barbados

Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering
August 22, 2018

SciXchange at Ryerson University was proud to help support 4 youth to attend the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE), external link program at the University of the West Indies Cavehill campus in Barbados.  Each summer the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) runs the program for the most gifted 16 and 17 year old Caribbean students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  The program, which ran from July 14 to August 12, 2018, was an immersion in university-level calculus, physics, biochemistry, computer programming, entrepreneurship, Caribbean Unity, and hands-on projects in robotics and electronics/renewable energy.

Biochemistry lab
Windmill project
Maela Robotics
Renewable energy class
Ryerson SPISE sholars 2018

A bit about our SPISE 2018 Ryerson University scholars

Ayodele is 17 years old and from Barbados.  She currently attends Harrison College, and is interested in pursuing genetic engineering. Maela is 16 years old and from Barbados. She currently attends Harrison College, and is interested in pursuing biomedical engineering. Sydney is 17 years old and from Barbados.  She currently attends Queen's College, and is interested in pursuing mathematics.  Brandon is 17 years old and from Jamaica. He currently attends Campion College, and is interested in pursuing mechanical engineering.

Final project presentations

On Friday August 10, the students of SPISE 2018 showcased their hands-on projects, including underwater robotics, renewable energy (windmills), computer programming and entrepreneurship (new company proposals). Sponsors were invited to attend the event and interact with their scholars.  Our student staff member, Kausar Panchbhaya, attended the final presentations at the Cavehill campus.

"It was incredible seeing the results of a program that allows youth to reach their potential and envision themselves pursuing a career in STEM. I had the opportunity to meet bright, driven students who are determined to create an inclusive future while making a difference in STEM fields. It was clear how much hard work and dedication the students put into their projects."

Kausar Panchbhaya, Ryerson undergraduate student in biology